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Boys' Volleyball: Costa Mesa claims Bell at home

Costa Mesa sweeps Estancia and wins Battle for the Bell rivalry by beating Eagles twice this season.

April 16, 2013|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza
  • Costa Mesa High's Noah JeyaRajah, center, had 16 kills in the Mustangs' sweep against Estancia in an Orange Coast League match on Tuesday.
Costa Mesa High's Noah JeyaRajah, center, had 16… (KEVIN CHANG, Daily…)

COSTA MESA — Spring break is this week for Costa Mesa High. The boys' volleyball team doesn't have much time off, though.

The Mustangs went to school on Monday and prepared for an upcoming Orange Coast League match. The next day, they returned to the gym to play host to their rival, Estancia.

Costa Mesa senior Noah JeyaRajah said it was still a little hard getting up for the Eagles during spring break. And it showed in the first set on Tuesday, as the Eagles jumped out to a seven-point lead.

Costa Mesa Coach Ricardo doMonte called a timeout to tell his team what went wrong.

"We gave them 11 points, because they actually only hit one ball that went down at the corner over there," said doMonte, pointing at the spot and then the errors his Mustangs committed. "We need to step up. Their best player is not on the court, you know, and we're losing. We need to do something."

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The Mustangs snapped out of it after they figured out Estancia started a sophomore at setter for the first time because Coach Paul Muñoz sat Joey Mittner in the first set because of disciplinary issues.

Costa Mesa closed out the first set by going on a 21-5 run and it dominated the rest of the way, sweeping the Eagles, 25-16, 25-10, 25-9, and keeping them winless in league.

Costa Mesa only has two victories in league, but the wins are big, each coming against Estancia (0-6 in league). The Mustangs (2-4 in league) won both matches in the annual Battle for the Bell series for the first time during JeyaRajah's time with the program.

Like many other sports teams that win the rivalry between the two schools, the volleyball team planned to eat ribs afterward.

"An anonymous donor decided to buy us ribs since they didn't provide it," JeyaRajah said with a grin.

JeyaRajah's brother, Adam, reminded the Mustangs of what was at stake before the second set.

"My dad said if we win this, he's buying us all ribs," Adam said to his teammates.

Costa Mesa began the second set much better than it did in the first. The Mustangs scored seven of the first eight points and never looked back.

The JeyaRajah brothers performed well during the second set. Noah recorded seven of his 16 kills and Adam produced a couple of his three service aces.

At one point, Estancia's Dalton O'Daly kept yelling, "Watch float" whenever Adam served late in the second set. Adam put a little more on his serve and the Eagles struggled with it.

Noah was more impressed with how his brother hammered a shot.

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