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May 10, 2011
CORONA DEL MAR — The Sage Hill School boys' volleyball team needs to play with more energy and cut down on its service errors, Coach Dan Thomassen said after his Lightning won Tuesday. Despite 21 service errors, Sage Hill (11-14) defeated Bolsa Grande 25-19, 25-21, 15-25, 25-14, in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division IV playoffs at Harbor Day School. The Lightning played at the Harbor Day gym because their venue is under construction. "I don't think the service errors were because of a change of venue," Thomassen said.
By By Dave Thorpe | November 5, 2005
athlete-week-cat-daileyLightning senior is the most dominant player on what many believe is the best team in Sage Hill's history.Cat Dailey used to swing for the fences. Now the 6-foot-1 senior swings to get kills for Sage Hill School's girls' volleyball team. Dailey played softball as a freshman at Sage Hill before choosing to concentrate on volleyball -- a sport she was new to. Dailey picked it up in a flash. "Everyone who has seen her play since she was a freshman is amazed at how much she has improved since then," Sage Hill Coach Dan Thomassen said.
By By Natalie Venegas | November 16, 2005
The Lightning stumble briefly, but win to reach their first CIF title match in girls' volleyballNEWPORT COAST -- The month of November seems to have brought a magic touch to the Sage Hill School girls' volleyball team. In less than seven days, Sage has four postseason victories, including a 25-19, 21-25, 25-22, 25-16 win over Viewpoint in a CIF-Southern Section Division IV-A semifinal match Tuesday. The victory sent the Lightning to their first CIF Southern Section championship match.
By By Dave Thorpe | November 19, 2005
The Lightning and Tartans square off in their rubber match today in the CIF Southern Section Division IV-A championship match.The Sage Hill School girls' volleyball team will meet a familiar foe when it takes the court for the school's first-ever CIF Southern Section championship match appearance. Sage Hill, the No. 1 seed in CIF's Division IV-A, and No. 2-seed St. Margaret's, which shared the Academy League title with the Lightning after splitting a pair of league matches, will meet a third time today at Cypress College at 10 a.m. to determine the CIF Division IV-A champion.
December 13, 2005
all cif selections polo, volleySage Hill volleyball standout is Co-Player of the Year, while several Newport and CdM water polo players are awarded.Sage Hill School senior volleyball standout Cat Dailey was selected the CIF Southern Section Division IV Co-Player of the Year, while her coach, Dan Thomassen was named the Co-Coach of the Year, highlighting girls' volleyball and boys' water polo All-CIF selections released Monday. Newport Harbor's boys' water polo team had three All-CIF Division I first-team selections, and Corona del Mar had two first-team selections to spotlight the Newport-Mesa area water polo standouts.
November 16, 2011
CALABASAS - The Sage Hill School girls' volleyball team found enough momentum to pull off a 25-18, 25-18, 24-26, 23-25, 15-10 victory at top-seeded Viewpoint in the CIF Southern Section Division IV-AA semifinals Tuesday. Freshman Halland McKenna had 22 kills to lead Sage Hill (22-6) to the final, which will be against rival St. Margaret's. The teams split during Academy League play with each team winning on the road, and they shared the league championship. "They've been our rival as long as I can remember," Lightning Coach Dan Thomassen said.
January 2, 2014
Sage Hill School junior outside hitter Kekai Whitford earned the CIF Southern Section Division 3A Player of the Year award, highlighting one of four Newport-Mesa girls' volleyball players receiving All-CIF honors. Whitford is on the Division 3A team with Sage Hill junior outside hitter Halland McKenna and junior setter Maddy Abbott, while Corona del Mar junior outside hitter Hayley Hodson made the Division 1AA team. Sage Hill Coach Dan Thomassen was named the Division 3A Coach of the Year.
October 2, 2004
Chris Yemma NEWPORT COAST -- For the Sage Hill School girls volleyball team, it's not how many lives a cat has, it's how many kills. Standing 6-foot, Lightning outside hitter and co-captain Cat Dailey had a match-high 16 kills as she led her team to a 25-8, 25-13, 28-26 sweep of visiting Junipero Serra Friday. Dailey also led her team with four aces, one that she nailed near the end of the third game to help keep it a three-game match. But for Dailey, it was just daily routine.
By: Natalie Venegas | September 8, 2005
Three standout seniors return to the Sage Hill School girls volleyball team, giving Coach Dan Thomassen all he could ask for. Seniors Cat Dailey, Haywood Wright and last year's co-captain, Vista Murphy, were the Sage Hill kill leaders in the 2004 season. Last season, the team finished 17-7 and advanced to the CIF Southern Section Division IV-A semifinals. Dailey, a 6-foot-1 outside hitter who has been heavily recruited, is the school's first Division I scholarship athlete, having verbally committed to UC Berkeley.
The Sage Hill School boys’ and girls’ athletic programs have been placed on probation for two years after the CIF Southern Section discovered a lack of administrative oversight last spring involving the boys’ volleyball team. Boys’ Athletic Director J.R. Tolver said the boys’ volleyball program’s decision to withdraw from the CIF Southern California Division III Regional Championship opening-round match on June 2 at Francis Parker of San Diego forced the section to put Sage Hill on probation.
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