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CIF volleyball roundup: Foothill one and done

Hart, Saugus swept out of postseason

Posted: May 7, 2013 10:28 p.m.
Updated: May 7, 2013 10:28 p.m.
 

The Foothill League collectively went 0-for-3 in the boys volleyball playoffs this season.

In the case of the Foothill second-place Hart Indians, it was a 3-0 loss by scores of 25-19, 25-18 and 25-19 to the Newport Harbor Sailors of Newport Beach on Tuesday at Newport Harbor High in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division I playoffs.

The loss made Hart’s return to the playoffs a brief one after the Indians (17-14-1) missed out last year.

This year proved difficult for Foothill teams, which moved up from Division II this season for the first time since moving down to Division II in 2003.

“It’s nice to get some good competition out there and it will help prepare us for up and coming years if we stay in Division I,” said Hart head coach Kevin Ker.

Hart was led by nine kills from Tanner Tengberg, while teammate Nolyn Preston landed seven kills.

Hart also got 28 assists from setter Chris LeClair and eight digs from Sonny Mueller.

The Indians struggled to handle Newport Harbor (21-8) and its consistent passing along with its versatile offense.

As the match wore on, Kevin Rakestraw, a 7-foot tall Stanford University commit, “basically took over,” Ker said.

Hart will lose five key seniors to graduation, including Tengberg, a four-year varsity player, and LeClair, a three-year varsity player.

Westlake 3,Saugus 0

The Saugus Centurions had trouble holding off the Marmonte League champion Westlake Warriors, losing the games 25-15, 25-21 and 25-21 on Tuesday at Westlake High in the first round of the CIF-SS Division I playoffs.

Saugus (18-9-1) was led by 11 kills from senior Tony Balzer and 10 kills from Zech Lee.

Westlake (23-6) set up its defense to key on Saugus’ usual top hitter Max Nua. He was limited to just six kills.

“Westlake, I didn’t think, did anything special,” said Saugus head coach Barry Nua. “In the first (game), we missed a lot of serves. We got into a passing slump.”

The loss concludes Saugus’ season after it finished third in the Foothill League for the second straight season.

Though Saugus loses four seniors off the roster, the future is seemingly bright with key players like Nua and starting setter Grant Spooner coming back.

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