The streak continued to grow and with it, Huntington Beach High's chances of winning a second-straight CIF Southern Section championship in boys' volleyball.
The top-ranked Oilers have cruised to three consecutive victories by sweep in the Division 1 playoffs to reach the semifinal round. After opening with a win over Tesoro May 13, the Oilers have gone on to dispose of Palos Verdes and Westlake.
The three triumphs have taken Huntington's overall record to 35-0, and win streak to 59.
The Sunset League champions' second postseason win came May 15, a 25-17, 25-22, 25-12 victory at Palos Verdes (Bay League No. 2). Senior middle blocker Drake Evans had 10 kills and four blocks, and junior outside hitter TJ DeFalco 10 kills and seven digs, and junior setter Josh Tuaniga had four blocks and 34 assists.
In its second long playoff road match in three days, Huntington went to Westlake Saturday and took a 25-20, 25-18 25-14 win from the Warriors who finished second in the Marmonte League. DeFalco had 11 kills and five aces and senior outside hitter Brenden Sander 14 kills and three aces.
"We came out a little slow, but once we got in a rhythm passing, we played pretty smooth.," Huntington Coach Craig Pazanti said of the Westlake match. "TJ (DeFalco) and Brenden (Sander) did a good job keeping us in it early.
"It was good to get that road win after a long bus ride."
The three postseason wins put Huntington in Wednesday's semifinal round where the Oilers again hit the road, this time, to take on Bay League champion and fourth-ranked Redondo Union. Wednesday's other division semifinal sent second-ranked Corona del Mar (Pacific Coast League champ) to third-ranked Loyola (Mission League champ).
The two winners from Wednesday's semifinal matchups will play for the Division 1 championship at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Cerritos College in Norwalk.
Huntington defeated Loyola in last year's Division 1 final at Santiago Canyon College.
"At this point, we're not worried about what happens after Wednesday," Pazanti said. "We've really tried to focus only on the match in front of us, and that is Redondo. It will be a third straight road game, so we are battle tested, and we will be ready."
Swimming and Diving
The CIF-SS Swimming and Diving Championships were held last week at Riverside Aquatics Complex at Riverside Community College.
In Division 1, the Edison boys' and girls' teams took third-place in their respective competitions. Also placing in the boys' division was Marina (28th), Huntington Beach (30th) and Fountain Valley (37th). In the girls' final standings, Fountain Valley took 13th and Marina was 33rd.
In Division 4, both the Ocean View boys' and girls' teams placed 12th.
Below are key finishes in each event for local athletes from the Division 1 and Division 4 finals:
Division 1 Girls
200 Medley Relay: 5. Edison (Devin Newton, Nora Deleske, Gabrielle Limon, Taylor Newton), 1:46.59, 15. Fountain Valley (Carly Perri, Katelyn Farrow, Makenna Dubois, Sarah Yao), 1:49.31; 200 Free Relay: 10. Carly Perri, Fountain Valley, consolation title, 1:50.92; 200 Individual Medley: 3. Nora Deleske, Edison, 2:01.44, 5. Devin Newton, Edison, 2:02.86; 50 Free: 6. Sarah Yao, Fountain Valley, 24.10; 100 Butterfly: 6. Carly Perri, Fountain Valley, 55.77, 8. Jacquelyn Harris, Marina, 56.40; 100 Free: 8. Sarah Yao, Fountain Valley, 52.15; 200 Free Relay: 6. Fountain Valley (Sarah Yao, Kennedy Hood, Samantha Soriano, Carly Perri), 1:37.80, 11. Edison (Megan Kluck, Natalie May, Delaney Cleveland, Sierra Page), 1:38.95; 1-Meter Diving: 22. Alyssa Loeffleman, Fountain Valley, 252.15 points; 100 Backstroke: 13. Riley Crow, Edison, 58.43); 100 Breaststroke: 2. Nora Deleske, Edison, 1:02.61; 3. Devin Newton, Edison, 1:02.82; 400 Free Relay: 5. Edison (Taylor Newton, Delaney Cleveland, Nora Deleske, Devin Newton), 3:30.86.
Division 1 Boys