Viking Trevor Pye spikes the ball in a game against Beverly Hills High School at Samohi on Thursday. Samohi won in five games. (photo by Morgan Genser)

SAMOHI — At this time last year, the boys’ volleyball team at Santa Monica was beginning its trek to a CIF-Southern Section Division 4 title in the sport.

Come 7 p.m. tonight at Samohi, Head Coach Liane Sato and her Vikings will see if they have the makings of a repeat champion.

“I think we still have a little bit of time to get better,” Sato said of this year’s playoff appearance. “Every day is a process.”

The Vikings will face Mark Keppel High School as the No. 3 seed in the division playoffs.

Samohi enters the playoffs the winner of the Ocean League, posting a 9-0 league record. The Vikings were 17-12 overall.

Cathedral and Campbell Hall are No. 1 and No. 2 in the division, respectively.

San Gabriel, Samohi’s opponent in last year’s final, is seeded No. 4.

Fellow Ocean League team Beverly Hills is ranked No. 10 in the final Division 4 poll. The Normans open against Bolsa Grande at home.

Former Samohi star shines

Cody Decker has been named the Texas League Player of the Week, the league announced on Monday.

The former Samohi slugger is currently playing for the San Antonio Missions, the Double A affiliate of the San Diego Padres.

Decker hit .400 with two doubles, three home runs and six runs batted in while recording a .522 on-base percentage and a slugging percentage of 1.000 in six games during the week of April 30 — May 6.

After starring at Samohi, Decker moved on to a standout career at UCLA before being drafted in the 22nd round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft by the Padres.

On the season, the 25-year old Santa Monica native is hitting .279 in 28 games for San Antonio with four doubles, nine home runs, 17 RBIs and 15 runs scored.

Decker is tied for second in the league in homers, ranks third in slugging (.663) and has the best home run/at-bat ratio in all of Double-A (1/9.56).

New Roads baseball in hunt

New Roads’ baseball team still has a shot at claiming the Coastal League championship as it prepares for the final two games of the regular season.

The Jaguars, 5-1 in league and 12-5 overall, trail Rolling Hills Prep by half a game as they prepare for Lennox Academy on Wednesday on the road. New Roads closes the season against Rolling Hills Prep on Thursday. That game is also on the road. Both games begin at 3:15 p.m.

daniela@www.smdp.com

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