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.