BURBANK— The Bellarmine-Jefferson High had a tough task ahead of it if the Guards hoped to advance to a CIF Southern Section championship match for the second consecutive year.
In a semifinal match Tuesday, they had to take on a Hemet team that was ranked No. 1 in Division IVAA and had just two losses this season. To make matters more difficult, Bell-Jeff had to take on a Bulldogs team on their home turf.
Despite its high expectations, Bell-Jeff wasn't able to topple talented Hemet, losing, 25-16, 25-11, 25-14.
"[Hemet] was a good team, no doubt about that," Bell-Jeff Coach Miguel Segura said. "But we didn't pass the ball very well and they really naturalized us to where we couldn't do what we usually do,"