CITYWIDE — The California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section released the draw sheets for the 2010 high school girls’ volleyball playoffs over the weekend with a number of Santa Monica-based teams making the field.
Santa Monica High School, coached by Liane Sato, ended the season at the top of the Ocean League with a perfect 8-0 record, and a 14-8 overall record on the year. They were ranked No. 6 overall for CIF-SS Division 3-AA, the only team from their league to make the season-ending polls.
The Vikings will host San Gorgonio High School tonight for their first game in this year’s postseason. The Spartans ended the year with a 6-10 overall record and were the fourth-place team from the San Andreas League.
St. Monica Catholic High School’s varsity team will face Thatcher tonight, the second-place team from the Condor League in Division 4-AA.
Third-year head coach Allison Rivera had her team in winning form all season as the Mariners finished the year in third place in the Alpha League and ninth in the division — with a 5-3 record in the league, 11-3 overall. They were ranked in the CIF-SS Division 4-AA season-ending polls at No. 9, behind No. 3 Serra, undefeated in league play, and No. 7 St. Paul’s.
Pacifica Christian High School won their fourth consecutive league title this season after finishing the Heritage League 8-0, and going 20-7 overall. The Seawolves won the championship in 2008 and were upset last year in the final four, losing to Mission Prep in the semi-finals. Pacifica has proved their strength as a program lately, as the girls have posted an impressive 38-0 league record over the past four years.
First-year Seawolves’ head coach Billy Allen looks to lead the No. 4 overall seed from Division 4-A as they host Duarte High School tonight, the fourth-place team from the Mountainview League who ended this season with a losing 9-14 record.
Lighthouse Christian Academy will host the California Academy of Math and Science tonight. CAMS, from the Delphic League, ended this season with a winning 8-7 record. Head coach Stephanie Sommer led the Lighthouse Saints to a 12-4 overall record this season, finishing second in the Coastal League at 6-2. Lighthouse was ranked No. 9 in CIF-SS Division 5-AA’s final top 10 poll behind league winner Rolling Hills Prep, ranked No. 7.
Lastly, the varsity girls’ team from Crossroads High School unfortunately did not qualify for the CIF-SS postseason this year, despite ending the season with a 6-10 record. Head coach Catie Vagneur-Mintz seemed to have her team off to a great start earlier this season, but a 2-8 record in Alpha League play would not be enough for her team to reach the mandatory fourth spot in the league to qualify for the playoffs — maybe next year for the Roadrunners.
The single elimination CIF-SS varsity girls’ volleyball tournament will begin with first-round games starting tonight; all games are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
The winning teams will advance to the second round; those games will be played this Thursday. The tournament’s quarterfinals will be played this Saturday and semi-final games will be played the next week on Tuesday, Nov. 16. The championship finals will be conducted later that week in a two-day, 10-match extravaganza on Nov. 19 and 20 at Cypress College, in north Orange County.