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By Barry Faulkner | October 20, 2013
To help promote the title sponsor, players on the stadium court at the AVP Championships near the Huntington Beach Pier crammed their lengthy, sweaty bodies into small convertible smart cars that served as benches that must have lacked supreme comfort. Turns out, uncomfortable was a fitting theme for both the top-seeded men's and women's teams, both of which included a Costa Mesa resident. The men's duo of Costa Mesa's Jake Gibb and Casey Patterson of Huntington Beach, as well as the favored women's tandem of Costa Mesa's April Ross and Kerri Walsh Jennings were both upset in the semifinals on Sunday.
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SPORTS
October 18, 2013
The top-seeded men's and women's pro beach volleyball teams advanced to Saturday's second round of the $200,000 smart AVP Championships at Huntington Beach, the AVP Tour's 2013 season finale taking place through Sunday at the Huntington Beach Pier. Seeking their fifth consecutive AVP tournament championship this weekend, Costa Mesa resident and two-time Olympian Jake Gibb and Huntington Beach resident Casey Patterson toppled qualifiers Andrei Belov and Jake Elliott, 21-16, 21-16, in their first-round match Friday.
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October 15, 2013
Behind Newport Harbor High senior middle blocker Carolyn Bockrath's 24 kills, the Sailors picked up a 25-22, 25-22, 21-25, 25-19 Sunset League girls' volleyball upset win at home against Los Alamitos, ranked No. 1 in the CIF Southern Section Division 1-AA poll, on Monday night. Bockrath, who hit .560, helped Newport Harbor improve to 3-1 in league. "It was just one of those weird Monday nights we played on and we had that going for us," said Newport Harbor Coach Dan Glenn, adding that each year the league has matches one Monday during the season because the limited amount of officials available in Orange County on Tuesdays.
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By Barry Faulkner | October 12, 2013
NORTHRIDGE - Paula Weishoff and Don Mattingly could share notes these days. Both the UC Irvine women's volleyball coach and the Los Angeles Dodgers manager are well-versed on the virtues of defending the opponent, while also struggling to score enough to win. For the Anteaters, their determination to provide defense helped them take early leads in all four sets of a Big West Conference match at Cal State Northridge on Saturday. But only once did the hot start produce a victory as the Matadors claimed a 19-25, 25-16, 25-22, 25-16 triumph that kept them tied for first in conference with national power Hawaii.
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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 Barry Faulkner | October 8, 2013
It may have been two teams straddling the middle of the road in the Golden State Athletic Conference, but the women's volleyball units from No. 16-ranked Westmont College and host Vanguard University, ranked No. 18, are also among the top NAIA programs in the country. Perhaps fittingly, the road to success for the victorious Lions on Tuesday night was funneling their offense as close to dead center as possible. Sophomore middle blockers Sarah McKinny and Stephanie Flores combined for more than half of Vanguard's kills to key a 16-25, 25-21, 25-13, 25-18 GSAC triumph that lifts the Lions (14-5, 3-3 in conference)
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