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CdM drops opener

Girls' Volleyball

Sea Kings swept at home by Marymount in season opener. The teams met in CIF Division 1A final last year.

September 07, 2012|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza
  • Corona del Mar High's Grace Kennedy, center, finds a gap against Marymount's Yaasmeen Bedart-Ghani (67) and Kyra Smith (14) for a kill.
Corona del Mar High's Grace Kennedy, center, finds… (DON LEACH, Daily…)

CORONA DEL MAR — Coach Marissa Booker said at times that it's somewhat dreadful to watch film of her Corona del Mar High girls' volleyball team after a match.

She doesn't really have to go back to the film shot on Thursday. Her team's season opener was on full display on two projection screens inside the CdM gym.

A cable company broadcasted the Sea Kings' match against Los Angeles Marymount live for fans to see from their seats in the stands. What they and Booker saw on the court and on the huge screens was the Sailors sweep CdM, 25-22, 25-21, 25-23.

The Sea Kings began the season against the same school that beat them for the CIF Southern Section Division 1A title last year. This one didn't go the distance as the past matchup, a lot less was at stake as well.

The early contest featured the second- and eighth-ranked teams in the preseason Division 1AA poll. The team at No. 2 got the best of CdM once again.

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The one program that has given CdM fits is Marymount. The Sailors have defeated the Sea Kings in their last three meetings dating back to last season.

These teams might see each other again. CdM's players told Marymount Coach Cari Klein that they hoped it would happen.

"I was like, 'Ugh! I don't want to play you guys again! You guys look really good!'" said Klein, whose own team impressed her.

She wasn't sure if her team was ready to play on the road and in front of the cameras. In the morning, she said she woke up mad because her athletic director had scheduled such a tough nonleague opponent to begin the year.

When Klein found out from her daughter the night before that the match would be televised on a later date, she was shocked. What's not surprising is how talented her team is again, even after losing four starters from last season's team, which reached the CIF State Division 1 final.

At CdM, Marymount wasn't even at full strength and it made quick work of the host school.

The Sailors played without their two starting senior middle blockers, Ashlie Williams (shoulder) and Chyna Perkins (knee). They jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the opening set and never trailed.

Victoria Jasuta led the way late, recording one of her team-high 13 kills to give Marymount the first set.

The following set proved to be more even, 10 times the score was tied. The last time it was even, at 18-18, Yaasmeen Bedart-Ghani took advantage of the Sea Kings' lack of size in the middle.

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