Defending CIF Southern Section Division 1 champion Huntington Beach High took its first step Tuesday toward repeating as champion by sweeping visiting Tesoro, 25-15, 25-15, 25-14, in a first-round boys' volleyball playoff match.
Brenden Sander had 12 kills, TJ DeFalco 10 kills, Drake Evans five blocks and Josh Tuaniga 35 assists for the top-ranked Oilers who trailed only once — 7-6, in the opening set, in improving to 33-0.
"We were pretty clean for the most part but we still weren't as efficient as I would like for us to be with our serving," Huntington Coach Craig Pazanti said. "Still, we trailed only once in the match, and I thought our passing game was pretty solid."
Huntington, which increased its win streak to 57, advanced to face Palos Verdes in a 7 p.m. second-round match Thursday. The Sea Kings, the No. 3 team from the Bay League, defeated Sherman Oaks Notre Dame in four sets in a first-round match Tuesday. The Huntington-Palos Verdes winner moves on to a division quarterfinal match at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Tesoro, an at-large playoff entry from the South Coast League, defeated Aliso Niguel (Sea View League at-large), 25-21, 21-25, 25-15, 25-20, in the lone division wild-card match Saturday.
Edison, the No. 3 team from the Sunset League, traveled Tuesday for a first-round match at Dana Hills (South Coast League No. 2). The Chargers won the first set, 25-23, but the Dolphins won the next three sets, 25-17, 27-25, 25-22, to advance to Thursday's second round.
"We were right there the for most of the match," Edison Coach Trent Jackson said. "We trailed most of the way in the first set but the guys came back to get a nice win. We were outmatched in the second set but had chances in the third and fourth sets.
"[Dana Hills] made some plays and dug some balls but our guys played tough. They were just a little bit better than us tonight."
The Division 1 semifinals are at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Marina went 10-0 to win its second consecutive Sunset League championship and then secured four of the seven league spots for the CIF Southern Section Southern Individual Regional Tournament Monday at Skylinks in Long Beach.
Nick Swanson, Ramiz Jamal, Patrick Pockels and Cameron Kaneko of Marina, as well as Conner Hurst of Huntington Beach and Jonathan Young (league champion) and Ellis Tirado of Los Alamitos, advanced from the league tournament May 6 at Recreation Park in Long Beach, to the CIF individual tournament.
In addition to Swanson, Jamal and Kaneko, Grant Beran, Jake Winn and Justin Gullock helped guide Marina to the Sunset League title
At Monday's CIF Southern Individual Regional at Skylinks (par 72), Pockels (76 score, tie-15th) and Tirado (75, tie-12th) moved on in postseason play. Other scores and placements for the other Sunset League competitors Monday were Swanson (77, tie-21st), Young (77, tie-21st), Jamal (78, tie-32nd), Kaneko (79, tie-42), and Hurst (82, tie-61st).
The Sunset's top three teams, Marina, Edison and Los Alamitos, qualified for the CIF Southern Section Southern Team Championships tournament, which is Monday at Mile Square Park (Classic Course). The top two teams from Monday's tournament advance to the Southern California Golf Assn. Qualifying Tournament May 27 at Mission Lakes in Palm Desert.
Track and Field
Los Alamitos captured both the boys' and girls' varsity team titles at the Sunset League finals May 8 at Huntington Beach High.
In the girls' team standings, Fountain Valley finished in second place followed by Edison, Newport Harbor, Huntington and Marina. Edison placed second in the boys' team standings and was followed by Fountain Valley, Newport Harbor, Marina and Huntington. Edison junior Julia Sienski won two events (1,600-meter run, 3,200-meter run) in the girls' competition, and Marina senior Matt Dispenza won three events (triple jump, high jump, pole vault) in the boys' competition.