Randy Angel

Costa, Redondo boys volleyball teams to square off for Bay title

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Sam Collins and the third-ranked Mira Costa Mustangs will host the second-ranked Redondo Sea Hawks on Tuesday to determine the Bay League title. Photo by Ray Vidal

by Randy Angel

Following back-to-back losses to Redondo and Newport Harbor, Mira Costa beat Palos Verdes in the Sea Kings’ gym for the first time since 2015.

The visiting Mustangs rebounded from a second-game loss to win the match 25-17, 23-25, 25-15, 25-21.

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Sophomore Ben Coordt’s resounding play helped the Mustangs emerge victorious in the crucial Bay League match.

Mira Costa played Leuzinger Tuesday and will take on Valencia in a Redondo Tournament match on Friday.

The Mustangs wrap up the regular season next Tuesday when they host Redondo at the Aviation Park gym.

Redondo entered the week with an impressive 13-2 record and a No. 2 ranking in the CIF Division 1 poll while Mira Costa was 12-4 and ranked No. 3.

“We have been playing at a very high level and hope to continue to do so,” Redondo coach Kevin Norman said. “We have had some time off match competition with Spring Break last week and no matches during the prior week. With that being said, we have been working extremely hard in practice during this time, working on consistency, both defensively and offensively and are really just preparing one match at a time.”

The Sea Hawks played at Palos Verdes on Tuesday sweeping the Sea Kings and will host Peninsula today in a 4:30 p.m. match before hosting the Redondo Tournament Friday and Saturday.

“Our Redondo Tournament should be very competitive and challenging,” Norman said. “According to the CIF Southern Section poll, three teams from Bay League (No. 2 Redondo, No. 3 Mira Costa, No. 16 Palos Verdes) plus San Clemente (No. 9) are in our tournament this weekend. We’ll also have top teams from other divisions including Palisades (No. 1 in LA City), Westview (No. 2 in San Diego), La Costa Canyon (No. 4 in San Diego), Sage Creek (No. 5 in San Diego) plus Saddleback Valley.”

Following its showdown with rival Mira Costa, Redondo will host Mater Dei on Thursday, Apr. 25 in a final non-league match in preparation for the playoffs.

“We are looking forward to next week’s matches as well,” Norman added. “Mira Costa and Mater Dei both being very strong opponents can only help us in what looks to be an extremely tough CIF-SS Division 1 field this season.”


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