There are always high expectations at Bellarmine-Jefferson High when it comes to girls' volleyball.
The past few years, the Guards have emerged as the premier program in the city, winning league championships and making deep CIF Southern Section playoff runs.
Last season, Bell-Jeff continued its dynasty in the Santa Cruz League by securing its fifth straight title. In addition, the Guards advanced to the Division IVAA semifinals, losing to No. 1-seeded Hemet, 25-16, 25-11, 25-14.
In 2009, the Guards advanced to the first CIF Southern Section championship in program history. Unfortunately for Bell-Jeff, it fell in the title contest, 25-22, 25-23, 25-23.
This season, Bell-Jeff is already garnering its share of respect, as the team is ranked No. 2 — behind top-ranked Hemet — in the Division IVA preseason poll.