LA South: Teams claim CIF titles, others fall short

A number of CIF divisional championships were up for grabs over the weekend. Here are the results involving schools in the south Los Angeles region:

Southern Section girls volleyball

  • Long Beach Poly won its first CIF title in a decade, beating Redondo Union, 25-20, 16-25, 25-23, 25-22, on Saturday. Poly defeated Santa Barbara, Edison and No. 3-seeded Los Alamitos on the way to the Division I-AA championship. The Jackrabbits turn their sights to state after receiving the No. 2 overall seeding in that bracket.

  • Glendora St. Lucy's overcame a familiar foe to claim its first-ever girls volleyball title Saturday, beating rival Chino Hills, 22-25, 25-23, 26-24, 25-20. St. Lucy's, which shared the Sierra League title with Chino Hills, got the No. 1 seeding in Division II regional pairings. First-round play begins Tuesday.

  • Another first-time winner in Division II-A, as Downey swept Troy in a tight one, 28-26, 25-22, 25-23. The San Gabriel Valley League champions lost only once all season -- on Sept. 11 to Division I-AA No. 3-seeded Los Alamitos -- then went on to win 25 straight. Troy also had just one other loss heading into the match.

  • Chadwick capped off its undefeated season (28-0) with a four-set victory against Pasadena Poly to clinch the Division III-AA championship. The Dolphins captured the first two sets rather comfortably, 25-14, 25-15, before Poly responded with a 13-25 win in the third. Chadwick buckled down in the fourth, coming back from a 12-11 deficit to win 25-19.

  • Lynwood Firebaugh swept San Gabriel Academy, 25-13, 25-17, 25-22, to secure the Division V-A championship.

City Section girls volleyball

  • No. 2-seeded Carson came all the way back from an 0-2 deficit just to come up short in the Division I championship, losing to No. 1 Granada Hills, 25-19, 25-12, 22-25, 23-25, 15-12. In Division II play, No. 3-seeded Palisades swept No. 4-seeded Sun Valley Poly, 25-15, 26-24, 25-15.

Southern Section boys water polo

  • No. 2-seeded La Verne Damien fell to No. 1-seeded Laguna Beach, 11-9, in the Division III championship on Saturday. La Serna defeated Pasadena Poly, 17-9, to win the Division V crown.

  • No. 2-seeded Nogales got six goals from Daniel Morales in a slight upset of top-seeded Santa Ynes, 15-8, to claim its first-ever boys water polo Division VII championship. Nogales (31-2), the Valle Vista League champs, won 21 straight.