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Pirates prevail in five

Community College Men's Volleyball

Military-bound Webb is big at start and finish to help OCC earn its first state crown since 1994.

April 25, 2014|By Barry Faulkner
(KEVIN CHANG / Daily…)

ORANGE — Orange Coast College freshman Jim Webb plans to give up volleyball to begin Navy SEAL training this summer. But in his final match on Friday, his service was entirely to his team.

Webb, a powerfully built 6-foot-6 opposite, had a team-best 20 kills and five aces, including four kills and two aces in the decisive fifth set. His performance led the Pirates to a 25-18, 25-23, 17-25, 21-25, 15-10 victory over Santa Monica in the California Community College Athletic Assn. state championship match at Santiago Canyon College.

Webb's heroics, including seven tone-setting kills in the opening set, helped the Pirates (20-1) earn the program's first state title in 20 seasons. It is the sixth state championship in the program's state-record 15 final appearances, ending a seven-match losing streak in the final.

Webb hit .400 for the match and added six digs and two block assists.

BYU-bound sophomore outside hitter Ty Hutchins had 19 kills, six digs and two aces to join Webb on the all-tournament team, while sophomore setter Brendan Duff had 48 assists, five digs and four block assists to earn tournament MVP honors.

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"I absolutely believed that we were the hardest working team in the gym," said Webb, whose team had played only two five-set matches before Friday, the last accounting for its only loss at Grossmont on March 12. "We deserved it. I never had a doubt. Even though we slipped up in the [third and fourth sets], I never had a doubt we were going to win."

Turner, who credited assistant coach Charlie Brande with providing a strategic rotation adjustment after the Corsairs (14-7) had sent the match to a fifth set, said he had complete faith in his players when the state title was on the line.

"I'd take these guys in a fifth set, in a game to 10, or a game to two," said Turner, who won for the first time in his four final appearances at the helm of OCC, for which he played on state title teams in 1989 and 1990. "I'll take these guys every time."

Those guys included sophomore middle blocker Scott Metrakos, who had back-to-back stuff blocks to give OCC leads of 10-8 and 11-8 in the final set. His three solo blocks led the winners and he added four block assists and three kills on four swings (a .750 percentage) .

Freshman middle blocker Nick Amado had seven kills, four block assists and one solo block, while freshman outside hitter Brandon Dau contributed four kills, three digs and one block assist.

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