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Mater Dei sticks with winning formula
The final stat sheet reflected what Mater Dei coach Adam Cutrell likes to see from his team and that's a balanced attack.
Sara Hughes led the host Monarchs (29-5) with 11 kills, Skyler Hubler and Frankie Shebby had nine apiece and Cheyenne Arcuri added eight in Thursday's 25-23, 25-21, 25-14 CIF-SS second round volleyball victory over Huntington Beach (17-14).
Fourth-seeded Mater Dei will now face Corona del Mar in the quarterfinals Saturday night.
"That's what we've been trying to do here the past couple of years," Cutrell said. "We have two good setters (Avery Taylor and Hughes) that we have confidence in and they do a great job of keeping it super-balanced and keeping everybody hot, rather than just one person.
"It used to be that we always went to Frankie (Shebby) and now, we save Frankie for when we need her and get everybody else comfortable with scoring."
Taylor had 18 assists and Hughes had 12 for the Monarchs, who had a little bit of trouble in the first set.
Huntington Beach had a 19-15 lead on a block from Amanda Linzmeyer.
However, the Monarchs would storm back, eventually tying the score at 21-21. Later, at 23-23, Mater Dei got a kill from Hughes and took advantage of a hitting error to take the opener.
"Once we settled down and put a little bit more pressure on them, we were able to go on some runs," Cutrell said.
In the third set, Mater Dei's Kelli Ferraro had five aces to help close out the match, sending the Monarchs to a third match this season against CdM.
Mater Dei has won the first two, sweeping CdM in a nonleague match, Sept. 12 and again in a tournament in October.
Orange Lutheran 3, Mira Costa of Manhattan Beach 2: For the second consecutive season the host Lancers eliminated the Mustangs, 25-20, 18-25, 19-25, 25-21, 20-18.
The Lancers (17-8) will visit second-seeded Marymount of Los Angeles in the quarterfinals Saturday.
Tesoro 3, Santa Margarita 1: Sarah Krufka led the Titans (24-4) with 20 kills and Makensie and Sierra Bates had 15 and 12, respectively, in the 25-21, 22-25, 25-17, 25-23 road victory.
Sophia Lavin led the Eagles (21-6) with 21 kills.
Tesoro will be host to Long Beach Poly in the quarterfinals.