Huntington Beach High dominated the 2014 prep boys' volleyball season, and the Oilers also took top honors when the 2014 All CIF Southern Section Division 1 Boys' Volleyball Team selections were announced Monday.
Huntington, which won both a CIF Southern Section Division 1 and CIF Southern California Regionals Division 1 championship en route to a 40-0 season, placed four members of its team and Head Coach Craig Pazanti on the All-CIF squad.
Heading the unit is junior outside hitter TJ DeFalco who was named the division's Player of the Year. Pazanti repeated as the division's Coach of the Year.
DeFalco was named to the team last year, and succeeds former Oiler Matt Butler as the division's Player of the Year.
Butler took the honor last year after Huntington won Southern Section and regional titles.
Oilers selected to this year's team included senior middle blocker Drake Evans, senior outside hitter Brenden Sander, and junior setter Josh Tuaniga.
2014 All-CIF Southern Section Volleyball Team
(selected by CIF Southern Section Boys' Volleyball Coaches' Assn.)
Player of the Year: TJ DeFalco, OH, Jr., Huntington Beach
Coach of the Year: Craig Pazanti, Huntington Beach
The Team: Drake Evans, MB, Sr., Huntington Beach; Brenden Sander, OH, Sr., Huntington Beach; Josh Tuaniga, S, Jr., Huntington Beach; Hayden Boehle, OH, Sr., Loyola; Louis Richard, OH, Sr., Redondo Union; Cole Paullin, MB, Sr., Loyola; Joey Martino, OH, Sr., Corona del Mar; Eric Mathies, S, Sr., Dana Hills; Jacob Tuiotimariner, OPP, Sr., St. John Bosco; Vinny Pizzuti, OH, Sr., Redondo Union; Tommy Brooks, MB, Sr., Corona del Mar; Tyler Bird, L , Sr., Redondo Union.
Sander lands training team spot
Brenden Sander, a member of the Huntington Beach High boys' volleyball team and recent graduate, has landed one of 21 spots on the player roster for the 2014 USA Volleyball U.S. Men's Junior National Training Team.
USA Volleyball announced the Junior National Training Team members June 19.
The team will be cut down to 12 players before it enters the NORCECA Under-21 Continental Championship July 28-Aug. 3 in El Salvador. The team will begin training July 13 at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, N.Y.
"There are so many different ways we can put together this team," Men's Junior Team Head Coach Bill Ferguson said in a statement. "It will be very difficult (to make any cuts).
"I was looking at guys who would be good right now to help qualify at NORCECA and guys who could develop in a year to help us win Worlds. "I wanted skilled, refined players at setting and outside hitter positions. I wanted athleticism in the middle and opposite."
Sander, who will attend BYU, is a first-time member on the training team. He is one of 12 players from Southern California, and one of five from Orange County, named to the team.
The NORCECA Under-21 Continental Championships serves as a qualifier tournament for 2015 Men's Junior World Championships.