Local Volleyball Teams Sweep to Second Round

Samohi, Lighthouse Christian and Pacifica Christian All Advance in CIF

Wednesday, 9 Nov 2011, 4:15:00 AM

Spencer Lee

Samohi's Blossom Sato celebrates after a kill in the Vikings' three-set sweep of Rio Hondo Prep on Tuesday night.
Photo by Spencer Lee
Samohi's Blossom Sato celebrates after a kill in the Vikings' three-set sweep of Rio Hondo Prep on Tuesday night.

Samohi Pulls Away After First Set Struggles

The Samohi Vikings needed a few breaks to not go their way and a few talks from coach Liane Sato before they woke up. But at the end of the first set against Rio Hondo Prep on Tuesday, they showed how dangerous they can be.

Clinging to an 18-16 lead, the Vikings won seven out of the last 10 points to take the first game 25-19. Then they kept the pressure on to win the last two games 25-6, 25-17 to advance to the second round of the CIF.

Samohi will play at Victor Valley on Thursday.

Pacifica Christian Rolls Over St. Matthias

According to coach Billy Allen, it took the Sea Wolves some time to get comfortable in the first game. But Tuesday's final result was unquestionable.

Pacifica Christian wiped out the Victorians 25-16, 25-12, 25-16.

The Sea Wolves advance to play Azusa on Thursday.

Lighthouse Christian Quashes Jitters to Advance in CIF

It wasn't smooth, as coach Emily Hamilton even labeled the matchup "hectic."

But after some early match errors and pregame jitters, the Saints pulled through to take out Mammoth in three sets, 25-14, 25-16, 25-17.

Hamilton said the team needs to do better as they prepare for the next rounds against more quality opponents.

Lighthouse will play Orangewood Academy on Thursday.

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