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By Barry Faulkner | November 16, 2013
Though the playoff draw might not have been, graduation should be kind to this year's Corona del Mar High girls' volleyball team. With their only senior starter out with an injury Saturday night, the Sea Kings were overtaken by visiting Mater Dei, 23-25, 25-19, 25-18, 25-15, in the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section 1AA playoffs. But with 6-foot-2 outside hitter Hayley Hodson back to anchor the rest of a lineup that gained valuable seasoning in a 24-7 campaign under first-year coach Steve Astor that included a pair of losses to the Monarchs (29-6)
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | November 15, 2013
LONG BEACH - Corona del Mar High Coach Steve Astor had never seen Long Beach Wilson in person. In the film he studied, it was hard for him to decipher what kind of a girls' volleyball team the Sea Kings were going to face on Thursday. They ended up playing a dynamic one. On the road, the third-seeded Sea Kings met their first challenge of the CIF Southern Section Division 1-AA playoffs. They passed, topping an athletic Bruin side, 25-22, 18-25, 28-26, 25-16, in the second round.
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By Steve Virgen | November 14, 2013
SAN DIMAS - As the players from the Sage Hill School girls' volleyball team pounded kills and aces, a proud father sat in the stands holding up a sign with one word at San Dimas High on Thursday night. Billy Whitford held it up above his head, "Believe," a word that is usually reserved for the underdog, but it certainly applies to the highly regarded Lightning. Sage Hill believes it can live up to its No. 1 seeding in the CIF Southern Section Division 3A playoffs. The Lightning (23-5)
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October 29, 2013
XIAMEN, China - Costa Mesa resident April Ross and her partner, Kerri Walsh Jennings, won the Federation International de Volleyball Xiamen Grand Slam beach volleyball tournament on Sunday in China. Ross and Walsh Jennings, who breaks a tie with Newport Harbor High product Misty May-Treanor for all-time professional beach victories with 113, defeated Taiana Lima and Talita Da Rocha Antunes of Brazil, 21-14, 17-21, 15-12, in the final to win their second straight FIVB event. It's the third title in five events for Ross and Walsh Jennings, who teamed up late in the 2013 season and have said they aim to chase a gold medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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By David Carrillo Peñaloza | October 22, 2013
In 28 years as a coach, Dan Glenn can count on three fingers the number of times he has received a red card during a Newport Harbor High girls' volleyball match. Glenn earned the third one on Tuesday in a crucial Sunset League match against Huntington Beach. He let his emotions get the best of him shortly after the head referee gave him a yellow card in the third set. The yellow card warned Glenn to settle down after he argued that a ball went out. The red card gave the Oilers a point and forced an animated Glenn to coach from his chair.
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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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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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