EDWARDS — Pacifica Christian (22-7) swept Desert High School on Thursday night in the second round of the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section Division 4-A playoffs, by scores of 25-22, 25-19, and 25-21 to advance to the quarterfinals.
The Seawolves won their first round match against Duarte last Tuesday night before their win over Desert, sweeping both teams in three straight games.
Pacifica Christian finished the season with a perfect 8-0 record in the Heritage League and was the No. 1 seed from their league coming into the postseason.
“We won the Heritage League championship for the second year in a row,” explained Athletic Director Kevin Kelsey. “We had also won the Mulholland League championship the two years we were in that league — so we have four straight league championships and have won 38 straight league matches.”
The Seawolves should be proud of all they have accomplished this season, having done so under the guidance of a new head coach, Billy Allen. The girls didn’t miss a beat and looked to improve on the success they had in 2009.
“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,” said Kelsey.
It was an evenly spread roster for the Seawolves this year: with three seniors, four juniors, four sophomores and one freshman on the team. The older players surely helped make Coach Allen’s job easier as the season developed, but it was the younger players who really made a mark on the program this year.
Sophomore Kiani Lane was voted league MVP and another sophomore, Gen Hook, and freshman Grace Minchin were voted first team all-league. Senior Hannah Hamilton was voted second team all-league.
“We’re looking good,” said Coach Allen. “Our seniors are stepping it up, making it easy for me to come in as a first year coach. And we have a pretty talented group of underclassmen who are playing very well.”
The Seawolves will travel to face Bellarmine-Jefferson, from Burbank, tonight in the quarterfinal matchup of the CIF-SS Div. 4-A playoffs.
Bellarmine-Jefferson, the No. 1 team from the Santa Cruz League, currently has a 16-6 record. Last year, they lost in the division championship match to Upland Christian Academy, in three straight games, by scores of 22-25, 23-25, and 23-25.
The winner will advance to the semifinal game to be played next Tuesday, Nov. 16. The championship final will be played next weekend at Cypress College, in north Orange County.