SAMOHI — Santa Monica High School’s girls’ volleyball team, ranked No. 3 in the latest CIF-Southern Section Division 3-AA poll, is in mid-season form.

In the past week, the Vikings finished third in the North Torrance Tournament and knocked off Torrance in three-straight games on Tuesday.

Senior Sarah Krenik was named to the All-Tournament team.

“We played well, steady and competitive,” Head Coach Liane Sato said. “We’re working on disciplined defense and blocking. Our offense is coming along.”

Earlier this season, Samohi won the Ann Kang Tournament in Hawaii.

Next for the Vikings is a home game against El Segundo. The game is scheduled for 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday.

Skaggs a league champ

Former Samohi pitcher Tyler Skaggs helped lead the Double AA Mobile BayBears to the Southern League title on Sunday.

Since being drafted 40th by the Los Angeles Angels in the Major League Baseball Draft in 2009, Skaggs has become one of the premiere Minor League prospects, according to Baseball America.

He has since been traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks organization.

This past season has seen Skaggs named to the XM All-Star Futures Game as the starting pitcher for the U.S. team and now he’s become a champ. The All-Star nod was his second in just two years in pro ball.

Skaggs began the season at Single A Visalia where he went 5-5 with a 3.22 earned run average. He also amassed an impressive 125 strikeouts in 100 innings.

Since being promoted to Mobile, Skaggs went a stellar 4-1 with a 2.50 ERA. He notched 73 strikeouts in 57 innings.

While Skaggs is still just 20 years old, there are some in the Arizona organization that have told media outlets that Skaggs would be invited to spring training to fight for a roster spot.

Skaggs is the son of Samohi softball coach Debbie Skaggs.

Pacifica Christian v-ball ranked No. 2

Pacifica Christian’s girls’ volleyball team is ranked No. 2 in the latest CIF-SS Division 4-A poll.

The Seawolves have opened the season 5-2. Notable wins include a pair over crosstown rivals Crossroads and St. Monica that came during the first two games of the season.

Next for the Seawolves is an appearance in the Brentwood Tournament, which begins today. Pacifica Christian opens against Pasadena Mayfield at 6 p.m.

daniela@smdp.com

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