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Los Al loses match but might protest

Los Al loses match but might protest

The Orange County Register

HUNTINGTON BEACH – The kill attempt of Loyola of Los Angeles' Jason Holdych bounced out and the hefty Los Alamitos contingent in the stands stormed the Marina High volleyball court, elated at the prospects of playing in the Division I final.

It wound up being a premature exultation.

The head referee overruled the call, citing Los Al for a net violation. Los Al lost the point and, four points later, lost the match, 21-25, 25-19, 19-25, 25-14, 19-17 Wednesday night.

"You don't lose a CIF game like that," Los Al coach Sue Monsoor said. "It's heartbreaking. We won the game outright. Everyone was elated and you're on to the next match in your mind."

Instead of a match on Saturday against top seed Mira Costa for the D-I title, the Griffins (27-6) must wait until next season.

Los Alamitos, which made just its second CIF-SS appearance since 1989 this season, was twice just a point away from a shot at the title.

Senior opposite hitter Steven Grgas' error ended the game at 19-17.

"We knew we were going to get to the finals," Monsoor said. "Nothing was going to stop us."

Nothing might stop Los Al from protesting the match. Monsoor said the team will consider petitioning CIF-SS officials on the outcome of the game.

Grgas led Los Al with 23 kills. Cooper O'Connor, the Griffins' senior setter, had 46 assists. Daniel Corotan had 11 kills and four blocks for Los Al.

Loyola (28-5), the defending champ, will take on Mira Costa at 6 p.m. Saturday at Cypress College.

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