Mira Costa boys reach semifinals in the CIF Division 1 volleyball playoffs [UPDATED]
by Randy Angel
Ranked second in the highly competitive CIF-Southern Section Division 1 playoffs, Mira Costa’s boys volleyball team remained alive recording its second straight shutout with a victory over Huntington Beach on Saturday.
Sam Collins recorded 11 kills and Ben Coordt had 10 for Mira Costa, which also received strong performances from middle blocker Dain Johnson and Adam Sevier.
The Mustangs (22-5) made the long trip to Santa Barbara yesterday for a showdown with the sixth-seeded Dons in a semifinal match.
Mira Costa prevailed in four sets 15-25, 27-25, 25-20, 25-17 and were led by Ben Coordt who had 22 kills and Thomas Kretschmer who added 14.
Mira Costa advances to take on No.1 Newport Harbor (35-1) in the championship match at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Cerritos College.
Loyola, who was swept by Newport Harbor, advanced to the semifinals after eliminating fourth-seeded Redondo in a hard-fought 22-25, 25-22, 25-23, 25-23 battle on the road.
Loyola’s Luke Turner posted a match-high 25 kills and Will Campbell closed out the Cubs’ comeback in the third set with a cross-court kill. Both players are from Manhattan Beach.
According to the MaxPreps National Rankings, Newport Harbor is No. 1 in the country followed by Loyola and Mira Costa.
Also showing the strength of the Bay League, Peninsula (23-13) is seeded third in Division 3. The Panthers swept host, No. 10 Kennedy, on Wednesday. The Panthers will face No. 4 Quartz Hill in the championship match at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday at Cerritos College.
For updated scores and schedules, visit cifss.org.