Search:
MICHAEL LOPEZ, ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
From left, Huntington Beach's Matt Butler, Andrew TenBrink, Brendan Sander and Zach Gates will be key for the Oilers. TenBrink, Butler and Gates have been on the same club team since they were in the seventh grade.

Huntington Beach ready to move up

OCVARSITY.COM

The road to the CIF-SS Division 1 boys volleyball championship is likely to roll through Mira Costa of Manhattan Beach and Loyola of Los Angeles.

Last year, Mira Costa edged Loyola in five sets in the final. This year, those teams are ranked No. 1 and 2 in the preseason poll.

There are a number of county teams looking to crash the party, including Huntington Beach, led by the senior trio of Andrew TenBrink, Zach Gates and Matt Butler.

"We have some returning talent of five returning starters," Oilers coach Craig Pazanti said. "I think losing that San Clemente match last year (in the CIF-SS quarterfinals) was a little disappointing. I think we have some higher expectations.

"The top five or six teams, anybody can win it. We have a lot of depth this year, which is definitely going to help us in practice and allow us to continue to get better, which maybe some teams might not have as much depth. That's one of our biggest attributes."

Last year, the Oilers won the Sunset League title, but dropped a five-set match to San Clemente in the playoffs. The Oilers led, 2-1 in sets, but dropped the final two.

The TenBrink-Butler-Gates trio has been on the same club team since they were in the seventh grade. Butler and TenBrink are four-year starters at Huntington Beach

"They have a lot of experience to recall from," Pazanti said. "And I think they're hungry to win ... JO's (Junior Olympics), CIF, whatever it has been, they've come up a little bit short and this is their last go around."

Gates is in his third year on varsity. All three players are headed to Long Beach State.

"We've been talking about it all year, waiting for this season to start," Butler said. "We have weapons everywhere."

Other players to watch for Huntington Beach include senior Grant Halsey, junior Brendan Sander and sophomore TJ DeFalco.

AROUND THE COUNTY

It might take some time to get used to it, but Corona del Mar and the Pacific Coast League are now in Division 1. Meanwhile, the Century League is in Division 2. ....

The Orange County Championships also undergoes a change. This year, Division 1 will switch to a 16-team bracket and will be playing best-of-five matches instead of best-of-three.

The tournament runs March 15-16 with the finals on March 18.

Contact the writer: dcalhoun@ocregister.com


See archived 'Sports' stories »
 
Ads by Google


Varsity sites:
LA
|
IE
|
SoCalVarsity.com
ADVERTISEMENT 
Search Players


ADVERTISEMENT 
Basketball:

Foothill 70, Peninsula 61 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed

Basketball:

Loyola 65, Edison 79 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed

Basketball:

Los Alamitos 27, Great Oak 51 - 00:00 2nd QT - Completed

Soccer:

Santa Ana 2, Long Beach Jordan 0 - 40:01 2nd Half - Completed

Soccer:

Edison 1, El Toro 0 - 40:00 2nd Half - Completed

Basketball:

Bishop Montgomery 69, Orange Lutheran 47 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed

Basketball:

Etiwanda 63, Los Alamitos 53 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed

Basketball:

JSerra 63, Rosary 23 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed

Basketball:

Alta Loma 22, Troy 57 - 08:00 4th QT - Completed

Basketball:

Millikan 60, Tustin 64 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed