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Mesa sweeps rival

Boys' Volleyball

Mustangs claims rivalry series with two wins against Estancia for second straight season.

April 22, 2014|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza
  • Costa Mesa High's Mason Tufuga puts the ball past Estancia's Dalton O'Daly (7) during an Orange Coast League match on Tuesday at Estancia High.
Costa Mesa High's Mason Tufuga puts the ball past… (Don Leach, Daily…)

Toward the end of the second set on Tuesday, someone at Estancia High turned on the bright lights in the gym. The lights shined right into the eyes of the Costa Mesa players on the court.

The lights appeared to blind the Mustangs, keeping them from finishing the Eagles at set point. Their coach, Todd Hanson, argued that the point should not have counted because of the lights.

There would be no replay, but the Mustangs didn't have to squint against rival Estancia. They swept the Eagles, 25-12, 25-19, 25-21, and swept the Battle for the Bell boys' volleyball series for the second straight season.

Costa Mesa picked up its second Orange Coast League win, both coming against Estancia. The Mustangs topped the Eagles in the league opener and at the start of the second part of league.

Everyone in league keeps beating the Eagles, who are 0-16 in league since last season. The Mustangs have only four wins to show in league during the same stretch. They, unlike the Eagles, have been in some league contests.

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Keeping the Mustangs (5-9, 2-4 in league) from winning the close ones this season have been a lack of communication and a constant nosebleed.

Two starters missed a match at Saddleback on April 4 because of a school trip to Catalina Island. Two days before the match, opposite Logan Whalen and middle blocker Carlos Vallejo informed Hanson of the trip. The Mustangs wound up losing in five sets.

"We had to switch our match [against Saddleback] from Thursday night to Friday because of open house," Hanson said. "They didn't communicate with me that they were going to be gone, so I chose to push [the match] to Friday, instead of Wednesday, so we didn't play back-to-back nights. Little did I know that I was going to miss two of my starters."

Hanson lost another starter at Saddleback because of a nosebleed. Hanson said setter Jens Guevara has dealt with bloody noses all season, in matches and in practices. They don't know what triggers them.

No one needed to stick gauze up Guevara's nostrils against Estancia (0-6 in league), which dropped its third match to Costa Mesa, the other at the Orange County Championships last month. If someone had to, Hanson said, "I think we could've gotten it done" without Guevara, who collected 31 assists.

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