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St. Monica senior co-captain Athena Nestoras (#18) helped lead her undefeated Mariners to victory Thursday night over Lighthouse Christian Academy. Nestoras was the only Mariner to play all 114 points. (photo by Patrick Hourihan)

High School Girls Volleyball

ST. MONICA — The St. Monica Catholic High School girls’ varsity volleyball team remains undefeated at 4-0 after Thursday night’s shutout victory over Lighthouse Christian Academy.

St. Monica’s senior co-captain, Athena Nestoras, proved she knows what it takes to be a team leader — she was the only athlete to play all 114 points for the Mariners in their sweep over the Saints in three straight games, with scores of 25-11, 25-16, and 25-12.

The two teams did not meet last season, but they did play in 2008, when the Mariners beat the Saints 3 games to 1 with scores of 21-25, 25-16, 25-18, and 25-21.

The Mariners are currently ranked first overall in the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section and fourth overall in CIF-Division 4. Coronado High School in San Diego holds the top spot in the state, a position St. Monica’s third-year head coach, Allison Rivera, would love the girls in green and gold to be in.

“The win over Mary Star last week was huge, and with this win over a tough Lighthouse team we hope to keep that momentum going forward,” said an excited Rivera following the game. “We are still taking things one game at a time, but we start league play Oct. 5 and hope to be prepared.”

Lighthouse has a 4-2 record so far this season. The Saints lost to Malibu High last Tuesday. Lighthouse head coach Stephanie Sommer brought a loaded 12-player roster and, being a local team, brought their fair share of fans. They had as many supporters as St. Monica, with both camps proudly shifting from the east side of the stands to the west as the teams would shift sides between games. It was a sight some St. Monica fans admitted they had never seen before.

The Lighthouse Saints will play next Monday at the Armenian General Benevolent Union: Manoogian-Demirdjian School in Canoga Park. Tip-off is at 4 p.m.

St. Monica’s next game will be a 6 p.m. tip-off next Tuesday at St. Anthony’s High School in Long Beach. They begin Camino Real League play on Oct. 5 with a game at Serra High School in Gardena.

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