Vikings, Saints and Sea Wolves All Fall

Santa Monica Volleyball Teams Swept From CIF Semis

Wednesday, 16 Nov 2011, 1:04:00 AM

Mirror Staff

Poly's Michelle Miller prepares to serve against Samohi in the second set of the Panthers' sweep on Tuesday.
Photo by Spencer Lee
Poly's Michelle Miller prepares to serve against Samohi in the second set of the Panthers' sweep on Tuesday.

All three Santa Monica volleyball teams only lasted three games into the CIF volleyball semifinals on Tuesday.

After a fast start in the first set, the Poly Panthers adjusted on the fly and countered the attack of the Samohi Vikings.

"They did a good job scouting our team," said Samohi coach Liane Sato. "We just just couldn't get in a rhythm and get our groove on."

The Panthers would take the first set 25-18 and follow it up in the final two sets 25-13 and 25-16.

"Real tough, they're a great team," Sato said. "Semifinals for this group of girls at Samohi (is) a fantastic finish for them. (It was) an awesome season."

The Lighthouse Christian Saints had just as much trouble with Sierra Canyon. A slow start put the Saints down two sets after losing 25-14 and 25-15.

"Sierra Canyon brought it to a whole new level for us," said Lighthouse coach Emily Hamilton. "Our offense usually works, but tonight we had to adjust to their defense."

Hamilton said the Saints "ended on a high note" when they pushed the Trailblazers to the end before eventually falling 25-19.

And Pacifica Christian finally got to see a team that was ranked in the top 10 of Div. 4A in the Hemet Bulldogs.

Pacifica coach Billy Allen said against a team of this caliber, they "didn't have many weaknesses."

Hemet started strong with a 25-15 win in the first set. The Sea Wolves battled in the second to keep Hemet in check, but the Bulldogs still prevailed 25-20 and shut the door on PCH's season by winning the third set 25-14.

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