The Sunset League girls' volleyball championship will be decided in the coming week.
Huntington Beach maintained a share of the league lead Tuesday by sweeping host Marina, 26-16, 25-12, 25-14. In other Sunset matches, Los Alamitos swept Edison, 25-8, 25-11, 25-14, and Newport Harbor defeated Fountain Valley, 21-25, 25-23, 25-19, 25-17.
Freshman outside hitter Cami Sanchez had nine kills and senior opposite Cheyenne Rankin eight kills for the Oilers.
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Huntington improved to 7-1 in league and 23-5 overall. The Oilers are tied with Los Alamitos, the top-ranked team in CIF Southern Section Division 1-AA, and play host to the Griffins at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday in a league and regular-season finale for both teams.
"We had contributions from many players [Tuesday]," Huntington Coach Craig Pazanti said. "I'm happy we continue to improve as we make a push for the [CIF] playoffs."
Senior opposite Marissa Stubbs had six kills and senior libero Jane Reynolds had 16 digs on Senior Night for the Vikings (6-16, 0-8 in league).
"Our seniors played well for their Senior Night, it was a special match for them," Marina Coach Rob Kijewski said.
In a previous league match, Huntington came back from a set down to defeat visiting Fountain Valley, 20-25, 25-17, 25-16, 25-21. Rankin and fellow seniors Kendra Koelsch and Katie Lespier, each had 13 kills.
Before getting to Los Alamitos on Tuesday, Huntington, which last won the Sunset title in 2000, first must contend with Edison Friday (5:45 p.m.) on the Chargers' home floor.
"At this point of the year, everyone is beat up," Pazanti said. "We are just trying to create some momentum, and get as healthy as we can for the stretch run.
"We have only been back in the Sunset league for a few years, and we are very happy to be in the mix for a league title. We have two tough matches left, so we're going to take them one at a time, and try to produce our best effort every night."
Boys' Water Polo
Huntington Beach improved to 3-0 in Sunset League play by winning, 11-1, against Marina in an Oct. 23 league triple header at Newport Harbor High.
The Oilers, ranked seventh in CIF Southern Section Division 1, jumped out to a six-goal lead in the opening quarter en route to the 16th win of the season. Freshman Jason Dompke made his varsity debut playing center defender, and scored a goal, and Nolan Strout and Patrick Saunders each had four saves at goalie for the Oilers (16-6).
Huntington took on Los Alamitos in league play Wednesday. The score wasn't available at press time.
The Oilers are the top seed at the Steve Pal Memorial Tournament, which starts Friday and runs through Saturday. The 32-team tournament will be played at school pools at Santa Margarita, Northwood, Beckman, and El Modena.
Huntington is in Pool A along with Santiago, Damien and Los Altos, and will play its games Friday at Santa Margarita High. The Oilers open against Los Altos at 4:10 p.m.
The first- through eighth-place games will also be played Saturday at Santa Margarita.
Huntington closes out its league and regular season Wednesday against third-ranked Newport Harbor. The 7:10 p.m. matchup at Newport Harbor could determine the Sunset League champion.