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CIF state volleyball finals: Mitty faces tall task in quest for Open crown

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Archbishop Mitty will have to beat the best to claim another California Interscholastic Federation state girls volleyball championship.

The featured Open Division final on Saturday night at Santiago Canyon College in Orange matches the San Jose powerhouse against 34-0 Marymount, a small all-girls school adjacent to UCLA.

The Sailors are the top team in the country and have collected championships at two national tournaments, the Durango Fall Classic and the Nike TOC Southwest, sweeping all matches in both. Marymount also won the four-team ESPN-televised Geico Invitational.

Tuesday, the Sailors took the Southern California crown with a 19-25, 25-14, 25-17, 25-11 win over Cathedral Catholic. That first set loss marked one of just eight sets dropped all season by the Los Angeles school. The squad is led by Stanford-bound outside hitter Elia Rubin with 359 kills and Stanford-bound setter Kelly Belardi with 923 assists.

“We’ll go down there and do our best,” said Mitty coach Jon Wallace, whose team advanced Tuesday with a 25-21, 23-25, 25-20, 25-19 victory over St. Francis. “At this point, you gotta be who you are. It’s a fast turnaround.”

The Monarchs look forward to the challenge as they aim to add to the trophy case. No California school has appeared in and won more state girls volleyball finals than Mitty, which will be playing in its 19th title match and aiming for its 15th championship.

Audrey Liddle referenced going to the state tournament as her older sister Nicole did four times, culminating in a title in Mitty’s last state berth in 2017. It’s a common theme.

“I watched the state championships when I was eight years old,” Monarchs setter Reese Reed said. “I always wanted to go. It’s been a dream of mine.”

Hillsdale, Carondelet bid for titles, too

The Division I final highlights the two-match schedule on Friday.

Hillsdale will face Harvard-Westlake of North Hollywood. The 29-8 Wolverines captured the SoCal title with a 25-13, 19-25, 25-17, 25-22 win over Sierra Canyon.

Harvard-Westlake is led by Northwestern-bound outside hitter Kennedy Hill and Duke-bound right side Grace Thrower. The Wolverines’ record includes three losses to league mate Marymount and another to Cathedral Catholic.

Hillsdale beat Oak Ridge-El Dorado Hills 26-24, 25-21, 25-16 to reach the final.

In the Division III final Saturday, Carondelet will meet Chino Hills, the SoCal champion via a sweep of Mayfield of Pasadena. The scores were 25-12, 25-13, 25-23.

The Huskies were led by Tehya Chadwick with 15 kills. Cierra Grant added eight kills and had 14 assists, in a 6-2 two-setter rotation with Eryn Lim, who passed off for 20 assists.

Carondelet won the NorCal Division III crown, sweeping Santa Cruz 25-19, 25-14, 25-15.

Coincidentally, all three SoCal opponents have famous connections of one sort or another. The three Kardashian sisters attended Marymount, as did actress Mariska Hargitay and the Food Network’s Giada De Laurentis.

Harvard-Westlake, which has alums Sally Ride and Jake Gyllenhaal, is famous for the 2011 baseball team which features a pitching staff of three future MLB stars, Max Fried, Lucas Giolito, and Jack Flaherty. Fried was the winning pitcher in Atlanta’s World Series-clinching Game 6 victory last month.

Chino Hills won back-to-back state boys basketball titles in 2016 and 2017 and the first of those teams was an undefeated national champion. The Huskies were led that year by Lonzo Ball and his two brothers, LiAngelo and LaMelo. Lonzo and LaMelo are now in the NBA.

State finals schedule

All matches at Santiago Canyon College in Orange

Friday, Nov. 19

Division V: Skyline vs. Santa Clarita Christian, 4 p.m.

Division I: Hillsdale vs. Harvard-Westlake, 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 20

Division IV: University Prep vs. Exeter, 11 a.m.

Division III: Carondelet vs. Chino Hills, 1:30 p.m.

Division II: Redwood vs. Carlsbad, 4 p.m.

Open Division: Archbishop Mitty vs. Marymount at 6:30 p.m.

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