Sometimes, all that's needed is a wakeup call. Los Alamitos got that in the Sunset League finale when it was swept by Edison in a girls' volleyball match. The loss prevented the Griffins from being the No. 1 seeded team in the Southern Section Division 1AA playoffs, but it didn't matter.
They didn't lose again.
The section title came Saturday night at Cypress College with a 25-17, 26-24, 25-23 victory over league rival Newport Harbor.
Los Alamitos (35-3) didn't lose a game during its five-match playoff run; it was only the second time that it needed more than 25 points to win a game.
This was the third victory this season for the Griffins over Newport Harbor (25-9).
The winning effort was paved by JoJo Schnabl, who had 14 kills and Alijah Gunsaulus with 12. Also contributing handily were Chrissy Jones (10) and Jaylen Villanueva (8).
Newport almost took the second game after trailing 24-20; the Sailors pulled to 24-24 before giving up the next two points.
Newport also led in the third game, 20-18, after trailing, 18-8, but Los Alamitos had too much; the Griffins weren't going to be denied.
Los Angeles Marymount beats Corona del Mar in five games
After trailing two games to one, top-seeded Marymount rallied from a 7-3 deficit in the fifth game to pull out a 27-25, 21-25, 23-25, 25-18, 15-12 victory over second-seeded Corona del Mar to win a second straight Division 1A championship.
Marymount (23-4) denied CdM (31-4) its first title since 2004 as Manon Greskovics-Fuller had 23 kills.
Hayley Hodson had 20 kills for CdM.
In other championship matches:
Division 2AA: St. Lucy's d. Pasadena La Salle, 25-18, 30-28, 31-29
Division 2A: Downey d. Whittier Christian, 25-16, 14-25, 24-26, 25-19, 15-11
Division 3AA: Chadwick d. Pasadena Poly, 25-20, 24-26, 25-23, 25-17
Division 3A: Brentwood d. Rim of the World, 25-20, 25-22, 25-17
Division 4AA: Sage Hill d. St. Margaret's, 27-29, 25-21, 22-25, 25-22, 15-9
Division 4A: Hemet d. Connelly, 25-11, 25-6, 21-25, 25-11
Division 5AA: Desert Christian Academy d. Sierra Canyon, 25-20, 25-17, 23-25, 21-25, 15-12
Division 5A: Union Coast d. Coastal Christian, 20-25, 25-23, 25-11, 25-21