HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL

DOWNTOWN — The Pacifica Christian High School varsity girls’ volleyball program began a new era this season when first year Seawolves head coach Billy Allen was asked to take over the team this summer.

Allen has the girls off to a great start so far this season, leading Pacifica to their current 9-5 record. He is looking to continue on the success Pacifica has enjoyed in the past. Last season the Seawolves finished with a record of 20-9-2, going undefeated in the league.

“Kasia Eatherton was our coach last year and she just had twins and decided it was too difficult to coach with having babies just before the season,” explained Athletic Director Kevin Kelsey. “Billy Allen coached our JV team a few years ago and did a great job. He has also coached varsity before in the past, so he was a natural choice to bring in as the new coach this season.”

Pacifica trails Milken Community High School by one in the win column in the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section Heritage league — Pacifica has a 2-0 record after starting league play last week while Milken leads the league with three wins and no losses.

The five-team Heritage league also includes Faith Baptist, Hillcrest Christian, Santa Clarita Christian.

Pacifica is ranked seventh in the CIF-SS Division 4A, which is impressive considering the team lost four starters and two all-CIF players last season to graduation. They have also moved up from being a Division 5 school for the last four years to now being in the tougher Division 4.

“We’re looking good, it’s my first year as head coach so every game I have to ask the girls about the next team we’re facing,” Allen said. “As far as our team, we’ve been doing good. We have a pretty young team, with only a few seniors that are stepping up and making it easy for me to come in as a first year coach and a pretty talented group of underclassmen who are playing pretty well.”

Drawing from a student population of just 182 students, the 12-player varsity roster at Pacifica includes three seniors, four juniors, four sophomores and one freshman. The three seniors on the team are Brittney Clemens, Hannah Hamilton and Monica Miller.

“Our upperclassmen are working very hard, and are enjoying playing well,” said Allen. “We do have some younger girls that are up and coming that are pretty talented, so we should have a strong program at [Pacifica] for the next couple years.”

Allen lists among the team goals making the CIF-SS playoffs again, hopefully winning their first round game and challenging Milken for the top spot in the league. Milken is generally the toughest team in the league, however Pacifica beat the Wildcats twice last year.

“From what I hear Milken is good, they are pretty deep and they work hard and kind of scramble for everything, they have a never-give-up attitude,” said Allen. “Yea, they’ll definitely be a tough team.”

Pacifica’s next game is Saturday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. at home against Hillcrest Christian High School from Granada Hills.

The Seawolves play rival Milken on Tuesday, Oct. 19 at the Crossroads High School gym 6:30 p.m.

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