ST. MONICA — The Mariners have proven that they are capable of beating up on Camino Real League foes, but now the real test comes.

St. Monica High School’s boys’ volleyball team completed a perfect 10-0 record in league play on Wednesday with a 3-0 win over Mary Star of the Sea, a feat that was somewhat of a surprise considering that the previous matchup between the two teams had gone five games. This sets up a sure home playoff match in the first round and perhaps even more.

If Head Coach Javy Martinez has his way, this edition of the Mariners may have even more news to make as the playoffs progress.

“If feels good,” said Martinez, who has led the Mariners to the postseason for the first time in his three years as coach. “If we’re as motivated as we have been, it’s going to be very tough to beat us.”

The team has been led by senior Tanner Peach and his epic vertical leaping ability, but Martinez also credits his team’s newfound chemistry as a reason behind their success this season.

The emergence of outside hitter Chaz Moynagh is something that Martinez said has been crucial to St. Monica’s resurgence.

“He’s starting to find his stride,” Martinez said of Moynagh. “He’s been super effective.”

Another player making an impact is freshman setter Max Garris. Martinez said he still makes the occasional freshman mistake, but said his hustle has saved more than a few games.

“At first, I felt bad putting a freshman in that position,” Martinez said. “But, he’s been doing a great job.”

For now, all the Mariners can do is wait for CIF-Southern Section Division 5 playoffs seedings to be released on Sunday. Postseason games begin next week.

“I like where we’re at,” Martinez said. “The chemistry is beautiful.”




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