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Mira Costa teams drive for CIF titles [UPDATED]

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Goalkeeper Nick Dale and the Mira Costa Mustangs earned the fourth seed in the CIF-SS Division 2 playoffs. Photo by Ray Vidal

Goalkeeper Nick Dale and the Mira Costa Mustangs earned the fourth seed in the CIF-SS Division 2 playoffs. Photo by Ray Vidal

Mira Costa’s boys water polo and girls tennis teams are making a run for CIF Southern Section championships after earning high seeds going into the postseason.

Brackets and results for all sports are available at ciss.org.

Boys Water Polo

Bay League champion Mira Costa (22-6) earned the No. 4 seed in CIF-SS Division 2 and hosts Santiago/Corona (19-8) in the first round Thursday at 5 p.m.

A win by Coach Jon Reichardt’s squad will pit the Mustangs against the winner between No. 5 San Marcos and No. 9 San Clemente in the quarterfinals on Saturday.

Semifinals will be played Wednesday, Nov. 19 at William Woollett Jr. Aquatic Center in Irvine. Finals are scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 22 at the same venue.

Mira Costa, which won the Division 3 championship last season, moved up to Division 2 this year.

Bay League runner-up Palos Verdes (20-7) plays at third-seeded Los Osos (15-8) on Thursday with the winner advancing to take on the Dos Pueblos-Villa Park victor on Saturday.

Peninsula (13-12) won its wild-card game against Corona 12-6 on Tuesday and will travel to take on top-seeded Foothill (21-6) on Thursday.

In Division 4, Ocean League champion El Segundo (22-5) earned the No. 3 seed and will host the Brentwood-Atascadero wild-card winner on Thursday.

Prep League runner-up Chadwick (10-8) plays at No. 8 Sunny Hills (20-8) in the first round.

Girls Tennis

Bay League runner-up Mira Costa (19-4) earned the No. 3 seed in CIF-SS Division 1 and had impressive wins in its first two matches but was upset at Santa Barbara 10-8 in the quarterfinals on Monday.

Mira Costa’s doubles teams of Isabella-Katrina Draskovic and Jackie Soliman-Dana Sternthal each won two doubles sets while Amy Gaal, Taylor Klein and Isabelle Lau each won a singles set.

The Mustangs opened the playoffs defeating Fountain Valley 13-5 and San Marino 12-6 when Madi Giese and Mai Nojima swept in doubles and Gaal and Klein each won two singles sets in both matches.

The Draskovic sisters also swept three doubles sets against San Marino.

Top-seeded Peninsula (19-0) defeated Marlborough 18-0 and Palm Desert 12-6 to advance to the quarterfinals where the Panthers eliminated No. 8 Santa Margarita 15-3 on Monday.

Ena Shibahara and Ryan Peus swept in singles and Risa Nakagawa and Sara Khattab swept in doubles against Santa Margarita. Peninsula travels to face sourth-seeded Corona del Mar (18-5) on Wednesday.

The finals will be held Friday, Nov. 14 at 11:30 a.m. at The Claremont Club in Claremont.

Redondo lost its wild-card contest to Tesoro 11-7.

In Division 4, Del Rey champion Bishop Montgomery (15-0) reached Wednesday’s seimifinals with an 11-7 win at Garden Grove.

The Knights host second-seeded South Torrance (14-2) on Wednesday. South defeated visitng Los Osos 12-6 Monday behind the strong play of doubles team Kayla Yanke and Taylor Harris.

The Spartans scored singles sweeps by No. 1 Bianca Pugliese and No. 2 Sarah Kamine. Martina Ricabar also recorded two wins at No. 3 singles before being replaced because of a back injury.

Finals will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at The Claremont Club.

West Torrance was seeded fourth after finishing second in the Pioneer League but was upset by Serrano in the second round.

Girls Golf

Redondo’s Robynn Ree and Mira Costa’s Marni Murez are two of five South Bay golfers to advance to the Women’s Southern California Golf Association (WSCGA) Regional State Qualifier to be held Thursday, Nov. 13 at Arrowhead Country Club in San Bernardino.

The State Championships will take place Tuesday, Nov. 18 at Red Hill Country Club in Rancho Cucamonga.

“I think I have a really good chance at the title this year,” Ree said. “The past three years I wasn’t able to pass Murrieta, but since the courses are different this year, I’m confident that I can make it to state this year.”

Also advancing to the Regional Qualifier are Nina Novilla (Torrance), Haley Tygret (North) and Cindy Oh (North).

In team competition, Mira Costa and Torrance advanced to the CIF-SS WSCGA team qualifier at Western Hills Country Club in Chino Hills but saw their seasons end there.

Mira Costa was led by Murez, Ashley Kim, Danielle Richman, Veronica Chen, Phoebe Gunn and Lexi Nielsen.

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