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Dolphins earn championships

May 20, 2010

All three of the Mariners Christian School boys' volleyball teams advanced to the championship games of the Christian Athletic League of Orange County Friday at Liberty Christian in Huntington Beach.

The Dolphins brought home two out of three championship titles in seventh-grade Division II and eighth-grade Division I.

In the eighth-grade Division I championship Calvary Chapel and Mariners continued the excellent rivalry between the two schools with yet another matchup in the final.

The two teams saw each other in the football championship earlier this year. The Dolphins of Mariners ended up pulling out the championship in three games.

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Coach Bahadoor earned his 12th title for the school since taking over the volleyball coaching position some 13 years ago.

"I was very proud of all the players tonight," Coach Bahadoor said. "They fought back after a tough loss in the second game to pull it out. This group has been a real pleasure to work with."

Highlights from the match included excellent hitting from Clay Carr, Will Fortier and Brett Olson.

Setters Matt Elmajian, Chase Jackson and Jared Daniels were excellent and Dale Peffer, Daniel Munoz made some key defensive plays. Other positive contributions came from Ethan Hold, Jeremy Fukushima, Blake Smith and Rory Fleming.

The match against Calvary was the second in the playoffs as the Dolphins boys beat Calvary in the match leading up to the final.

Seventh-grade Final The Mariners seventh-grade team played Anaheim Vineyard in the Division II final match. During the season, the teams split the matches, each winning at home.

This match was also decided in three games as both teams brought their "A" game.

David Shaeffer and Nick Whitelaw provided great sets, while Matt Marchiorlatti, Stephen Mantei and Jake Haar provided the attack with excellent hitting all night.

Peter Seidner, Brett Beaudette along with Grant Midstokke made some excellent defensive saves. Davis Hanscom and Jackson Rhodes served consistently all night.

Alumni Coach Ryan Hilts led the team to the championship in this, his first year as a head coach at Mariners.

Leading up to the final match, the Dolphins posted the three straight defeats of Eastside Christian out of Fullerton in the CALOC divisional semifinal match.

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