Archbishop Mitty must beat Best to claim another California Interscholastic Federation State Girls Volleyball Championship.
The featured open division final on Saturday night at Santiago Canyon College in Orange, a small girls’ school adjacent to UCLA, matches the San Jose powerhouse against Marymount, 34-0.
The Sailors are the nation’s top team and have collected championships in two national tournaments, the Durango Fall Classic and Nike TOC Southwest, winning all matches in both. Marymount also won the four-team ESPN-Television Geico Invitational.
On Tuesday, the Sailors took the Southern California crown with a 19-25, 25-14, 25-17, 25-11 victory over Cathedral Catholic. That first set was one of only eight sets dropped by the Los Angeles school in the entire season. The squad is led by Stanford-bound out hitter Elia Rubin with 359 kills and Stanford-bound setter Kelly Bellardi with 923 assists.
“We will go out there and do our best,” said clay coach John Wallace, whose team registered a 25-21, 23-25, 25-20, 25-19 win over St. Francis on Tuesday. You must be who you are. It’s a rapid change.”
The Monarchs look forward to the challenge as they aim to add to the trophy case. No California school has come and won more state girls volleyball finals than Mitty, who will play in her 19th title match and aim for her 15th championship.
Audrey Liddle mentioned going to the state tournament as her older sister Nicole did four times, culminating in a title in Mitty’s final state berth in 2017. This is a common topic.
“I saw the state championships when I was eight years old,” said Monarchs setter Reese Reed. “I’ve always wanted to go. It’s been a dream of mine.”
Hillsdale, Carondelet also bid for titles
The Division I final highlights the two-match schedule on Friday.
Hillsdale will face Harvard-Westlake in North Hollywood. 29-8 The Wolverines captured the SoCal title with a 25-13, 19-25, 25-17, 25-22 win over Sierra Canyon.
Harvard-Westlake is led by Northwestern-bound out hitter Kennedy Hill and Duke-bound right side Grace Thrower. The Wolverines’ record includes three defeats to league mate Marymount and another to Cathedral Catholic.
Hillsdale advanced to the finals by defeating Oak Ridge-El Dorado Hills 26–24, 25–21, 25–16.
In the Division III final on Saturday, Carondelet will take on SoCal champion Chino Hills via a sweep of Mayfield in Pasadena. Scores were 25-12, 25-13, 25-23.
The Husky was led by Tehya Chadwick with 15 kills. Sierra Grant added eight kills and 14 assists, in a 6-2 two-setter rotation with Erin Lim, who passed for 20 assists.
Carondelet defeated Santa Cruz 25–19, 25–14, 25–15 to win the NorCal Division III crown.
Incidentally, all three SoCal opponents have some kind of famous relationship. The three Kardashian sisters attended Marymount, as did actress Mariska Hargitay and Food Network’s Giada De Laurentiis.
Harvard-Westlake, which stars Sally Ride and Jake Gyllenhaal, is famous for its 2011 baseball team that has the pitching staff of three future MLB stars, Max Fried, Lucas Giolito and Jack Flaherty. Fried was the winning pitcher in Atlanta’s World Series-clinching Game 6 victory last month.
Chino Hills won back-to-back state boys basketball titles in 2016 and 2017 and the first of those teams were an undefeated national champion. The Huskies were led that year by Lonzo Ball and his two brothers, LiAngelo and LaMelo. Lonzo and LaMelo are now in the NBA.
State Finals Program
All matches of Santiago Canyon College in Orange
Friday, November 19
Division V: Skyline vs. Santa Clarita Christian, 4 p.m.
Division I: Hillsdale v. Harvard-Westlake, 6:30 pm
Saturday, November 20
Division IV: University Prep vs Exeter, 11am
Division III: Carondelet vs Chino Hills, 1:30 PM
Division II: Redwood vs Carlsbad, 4 PM
Open Division: Archbishop Mitty v Marymount at 6:30 pm