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May 12, 2011
YUCAIPA — Sage Hill School boys' volleyball coach Dan Thomassen said his team couldn't finish in Game 2 and it made a difference against Yucaipa Thursday night. The sixth-seeded Thunderbirds (21-1) fed off their home crowd and beat No. 10 Sage, 18-25, 25-23, 22-25, 25-18, 15-9, in a CIF Southern Section Division IV second-round match. "It was one of the games that we couldn't find a way to win it," Thomassen said of the second set. "It was 22-all. They kept getting better in front of their crowd.
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By Matt Szabo | September 12, 2006
It's a new season of Sage Hill School girls' volleyball, and third-year coach Dan Thomassen is the first to say it. After last year's CIF Southern Section Division IV-A championship, standout players like Newport-Mesa Player of the Year Cat Dailey and fellow Dream Team member Haywood Wright graduated. But Thomassen does have senior leadership and some talented players to rely on as the Lightning also try to defend their Academy League title. The Lightning are ranked No. 1 in CIF Southern Section Division IV-AA.
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November 26, 2011
The tone in Dan Thomassen's voice had a mix of disappointment and content during a phone interview Saturday night. The Sage Hill School girls' volleyball coach was disappointed that the Lightning lost at La Jolla Country Day to end the year. But there was content with a historic season and a CIF section title. La Jolla Country Day (32-8), the top seed and defending champion, won the CIF Southern California Regional semifinal match, 25-17, 24-26, 25-22, 25-18. However, Thomassen couldn't help but be pleased with the season and a strong effort Saturday night.
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By Soraya Nadia McDonald | May 11, 2007
NEWPORT COAST - First year boys' volleyball coach Dan Thomassen is happy his team had an easy win in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division V playoffs. Sage Hill School (14-7) defeated Orangewood Academy (8-6) 25-8, 25-10, 25-15 Thursday night. But he knows the rest of the ride through the postseason won't be so smooth, especially when he's leading a team devoid of seniors. Two freshmen, three sophomores, and two juniors make up the team's starters. "Without any seniors, our biggest question is maturity, and when we get into tight matches how they handle it," Thomassen said.
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By Dave Thorpe | March 4, 2006
NEWPORT COAST ? The Sage Hill School boys' volleyball team has a tough act to follow after the Lightning girls' volleyball squad won its first CIF championship, especially considering the boys won just two matches last year. Sage Hill showed on Friday night that while the potential is there, the team is still developing. In the season opener for both squads, JSerra defeated the Lightning, 26-24, 25-20, 25-19, in a nonleague match. Sage Hill Coach Merja Connolly-Freund was out sick for the match.
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By Dominic Perrone | February 28, 2007
Dan Thomassen said check back in a month to find out how good his Sage Hill School boys' volleyball team will be this season. Right now the future is clouded with inexperience, but Thomassen said the Lightning have a bright future whether it is in 2007 or 2008. "The athleticism and enthusiasm is there," said Thomassen, taking over for Merja Connolly-Freund, who coached the team for six seasons. Thomassen is now the coach of both the boys' and girls' teams and as an assistant on the boys' team last season he is familiar with the talent level that has remained from a team which reached the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division V playoffs.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | April 27, 2012
On the Sage Hill School volleyball court is where Kent Kawaguchi feels at his best. It makes sense why he invited the entire student body sitting on the bleachers down to the court on Monday. The junior wasn't in his usual volleyball outfit, shorts and T-shirt. He wore a collared shirt and tie with gray pants to this gathering, nothing too fancy or casual. Students made their way down to listen to what Kawaguchi had to say on this morning. More than 400 students stood around him in a circle.
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By Soraya Nadia McDonald | May 6, 2008
Three area boys? volleyball teams are all entering the CIF Southern Section playoffs as top representatives from their respective leagues. Newport Harbor High, the No. 1 team in CIF Division I, will play host to JSerra, the at-large representative from the Trinity League, Friday at 7 p.m. The Sailors (27-3), who went undefeated in the Sunset League, will attempt to make it to the top after losing in the second round of the playoffs last season and exiting in the first round in 2006.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | June 1, 2012
NEWPORT BEACH — Dan Thomassen joked that he never played in the Dave Mohs Memorial Orange County High School Volleyball match because he wasn't quite at that level in high school. But he coached in it for the second time on Friday. Thomassen came back to his alma mater, Newport Harbor High. A former Sailor joined him on the bench. He and Marissa Booker coached the South girls' team against the North. Booker made her coaching debut in the match featuring the best seniors in the county.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | November 30, 2013
Students in the first few rows held sticks with huge cutouts of the heads of the Sage Hill School girls' volleyball players. As if Sage Hill's opponent on Saturday had not seen enough of the Lightning. For the second time in eight days, Crean Lutheran faced the Lightning, in the stands and on the court. The second meeting turned out much like last week's in the CIF Southern Section Division 3A finale. Sage Hill finished the Saints in three sets, 25-17, 25-19, 25-22, in the second round of the CIF State Southern California Regional Division III playoffs in front of a raucous home crowd.
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By Matt Szabo | October 10, 2013
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO - Sage Hill School had not beaten rival St. Margaret's in girls' volleyball since winning the CIF Southern Section Division 4-AA title in 2011. The Lightning lost to the Tartans three times last year, twice in league and in the Division 3-A title match. But it's a new and maybe improved Lightning squad. Sage Hill is now the top-ranked team in Division 3-A, with St. Margaret's at No. 7. "It's a new year," said senior libero Allie Mowrey, one of three captains along with fellow senior Claudia Noto and junior setter Maddy Abbott.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | June 1, 2012
NEWPORT BEACH — Dan Thomassen joked that he never played in the Dave Mohs Memorial Orange County High School Volleyball match because he wasn't quite at that level in high school. But he coached in it for the second time on Friday. Thomassen came back to his alma mater, Newport Harbor High. A former Sailor joined him on the bench. He and Marissa Booker coached the South girls' team against the North. Booker made her coaching debut in the match featuring the best seniors in the county.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | April 27, 2012
On the Sage Hill School volleyball court is where Kent Kawaguchi feels at his best. It makes sense why he invited the entire student body sitting on the bleachers down to the court on Monday. The junior wasn't in his usual volleyball outfit, shorts and T-shirt. He wore a collared shirt and tie with gray pants to this gathering, nothing too fancy or casual. Students made their way down to listen to what Kawaguchi had to say on this morning. More than 400 students stood around him in a circle.
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November 26, 2011
The tone in Dan Thomassen's voice had a mix of disappointment and content during a phone interview Saturday night. The Sage Hill School girls' volleyball coach was disappointed that the Lightning lost at La Jolla Country Day to end the year. But there was content with a historic season and a CIF section title. La Jolla Country Day (32-8), the top seed and defending champion, won the CIF Southern California Regional semifinal match, 25-17, 24-26, 25-22, 25-18. However, Thomassen couldn't help but be pleased with the season and a strong effort Saturday night.
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May 12, 2011
YUCAIPA — Sage Hill School boys' volleyball coach Dan Thomassen said his team couldn't finish in Game 2 and it made a difference against Yucaipa Thursday night. The sixth-seeded Thunderbirds (21-1) fed off their home crowd and beat No. 10 Sage, 18-25, 25-23, 22-25, 25-18, 15-9, in a CIF Southern Section Division IV second-round match. "It was one of the games that we couldn't find a way to win it," Thomassen said of the second set. "It was 22-all. They kept getting better in front of their crowd.
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By Matt Szabo, matthew.szabo@latimes.com | May 3, 2011
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO — Sage Hill School boys' volleyball coach Dan Thomassen called Tuesday's first-place showdown with St. Margaret's one of the most exciting matches of his volleyball career. The Lightning players may need a bit more time to gain that perspective. Sage Hill battled from behind seemingly all match long. But the host Tartans ultimately did so when it mattered most. St. Margaret's saved two match points in the fifth set and won the rivalry match, 25-21, 22-25, 25-21, 18-25, 16-14.
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By Soraya Nadia McDonald | May 6, 2008
Three area boys? volleyball teams are all entering the CIF Southern Section playoffs as top representatives from their respective leagues. Newport Harbor High, the No. 1 team in CIF Division I, will play host to JSerra, the at-large representative from the Trinity League, Friday at 7 p.m. The Sailors (27-3), who went undefeated in the Sunset League, will attempt to make it to the top after losing in the second round of the playoffs last season and exiting in the first round in 2006.
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By Matt Szabo | May 26, 2007
Chemistry is something boys' volleyball coach Dan Thomassen teaches in the classroom at Sage Hill School. Bayle Smith knows this. He's in Thomassen's chemistry class. It's there that he learns about protons and electrons, but chemistry on the volleyball court is something less tangible. Smith has indeed helped the Sage Hill School boys' volleyball team with chemistry, but his favorite subject on court has to be physics, the way he slams the ball down at such speeds that gravity alone can't explain.
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