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Bell-Jeff falls short of CIF final

Girls' volleyball: Guards fall in three games to No. 1 Hemet in the semifinals.

November 16, 2010|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com

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,"

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Jacelyn Cervantes had 11 kills, Taryn Nelson added seven kills and Daniela Gonzales had 24 assists for the Guards.

Hemet (21-2), which has swept all four of its playoff matches, won a championship in the Mountain Pass League

The loss ends another successful season for the Guards (17-7), who won their fifth-straight Santa Cruz League championship.

Last season, Bell-Jeff lost to No. 1-seeded Upland Christian Academy, 25-22, 25-23, 25-23, in the Division VA championship contest. It was the local program's first trip to a title match.

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