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Guards have winning tradition

All four local squads, which all made the postseason in 2009, have their share of returning players.

September 03, 2010|By Jeff Tully,
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The Bellarmine-Jefferson High girls' volleyball team achieved two major successes last season, accomplishments no other area squad could claim.

The Guards were the lone local squad to capture a league championship, as they won their fourth straight Santa Fe League title.

In addition, Bell-Jeff advanced to the CIF Southern Section Division IVA championship match. It was the first trip to a CIF final in program history, and the first time a team Guards had advanced past the quarterfinals.

Although the Guards lost a few key players from the 2009 squad to graduation, they still have their share of talented players returning.

"We have a good core of players back," Coach Miguel Segura said. "We have had some success the past few years, and we are just tying to maintain the reputation we've built with the program. Everything looks pretty good for this season."


It was a good 2009 season all-around, as all four area teams — including Burroughs, Burbank and Providence — qualified for the postseason.

Here is a look at how the teams are shaping up.


The Guards went 19-9 (8-0 in league) a year ago and were defeated by 1-seeded Upland Christian Academy, 25-22, 25-23, 25-23, in the CIF championship match.

Prior to the final, the Guards breezed through the postseason, surrendering just one game. Along with early sweeps against Duarte and Santa Clara, they only had to go to four games to beat Twentynine Palms in the quarterfinals and earned a sweep against Desert Hot Springs in the semifinals.

One of the reasons for that success was the play of Jocelyn Cervantes, a talented outside hitter who returns for her junior season. She had 255 kills and a .460 hitting percentage, 65 aces, 116 digs and 232 assists. For her efforts, she earned All-CIF first-team honors, along with All-Area and all-league accolades.

"She knows we are going to rely on her a lot, and she is going to see the ball a lot this season," Segura said of Cervantes. "She knows she's going to have to step up for us and give us the big points when we need them. But I think she's up for the challenge."

Also returning for the Guards is junior setter Breanna Padron, who had 101 kills, a .310 hitting percentage, 72 aces, 159 digs and 315 assists to earn all-league first-team honors.

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