The Santa Monica Boys Varsity volleyball team along with head coach Liane Sato and Santa Monica High School principal Dr. Hugo Pedroza pose with the Division 4 Southern Section Championship trophy at Cypris College on Saturday May 21st 2011 after beating the San Gabriel high school boys varsity volleyaball team in four games 22-25, 28-26,25-21, and 25-23 (photo by Morgan Genser)

SAMOHI — Defending CIF boys’ volleyball champion Santa Monica was named the No. 1 team in Division 4 in the preseason poll, it was announced Monday.

The Vikings, who represent the Southern Section, have a number of players from last year’s title team returning, including Trevor Pye and Ethan Kahan. Both players were named to the All-Ocean League first team last year.

Play begins next month.

St. Monica girls head to Brentwood

St. Monica’s girls’ basketball team continues its playoff run today, traveling to Brentwood for CIF-SS Division 4A play.

Brentwood advanced by defeating Whittier Christian, 55-52, on Monday.

St. Monica enters the game as the No. 6 seed in the playoffs. Brentwood is No. 3.

The game begins at 7 p.m.

Play ball

Samohi’s baseball team opens the season on Friday at Moorpark as part of the prestigious Easton Tournament.

The Vikings will play their first home game on Saturday against El Camino Real, also part of the tournament. That game begins at 11 a.m.

Samohi finished last season 13-17, but were undefeated in the Ocean League, going 10-0.

Samohi girls at home

Samohi’s girls’ soccer team hosts South Torrance today in the second round of the CIF-SS Division 4 playoffs.

Samohi advanced to the second round by defeating Laguna Beach, 2-0.

Today’s game begins at 3 p.m. on campus.

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