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Providence volleyball team rolls to league championship

May 03, 2013|By Jeff Tully,


Providence d. Oakwood, 25-13, 25-18, 25-22: The Pioneers secured their first Liberty League championship in 13 years Thursday by sweeping the Gorillas at home.

Providence (15-9, 9-1 in league) finished one match in front of Pacifica Christian (8-2 in league), a team that handed the Pioneers their lone loss in league.


"We needed to beat Oakwood or we would have to settle for co-league champions," Providence Coach Josh Eggleston said. "And the guys really didn't want that. It was a pride thing with them, and they came out and played with intensity and you could see they really wanted it."

Strong play from Phil Harvey, DJ Cabrera and Taylor Saldana helped the Pioneers defeat Oakwood.

Burbank d Bellarmine-Jefferson: 25-22, 25-16, 25-21: The Bulldogs received eight kills from Derian Blandon and seven from Joseph Servin to turn back the Guards in a nonleague match Wednesday.

Burbank finished the regular season at 11-17.

Jason Gomez had 11 assists, Ryan Garcia had 10 assists, Elijah Cowart had 16 digs and Josh Wright had four blocks for the Bulldogs.


Burbank, Burroughs in Pacific League finals: The Indians' top finish came with a team effort in the 200-yard medley relay, a runner-up placement and CIF Southern Section Division II consideration time of one minute, 45.56 seconds. The group was made up of Max Young, Dexter Brown, Daniel Mairena and Brandon Olivas.

That group also picked up a consideration and runner-up time in the 400-freestyle relay (3:22.46). Brown, Young, Olivas and Casey Ueno then repeated that feat in the 200-freestyle relay in 1:31.63. Burbank's Shane Pentkowski, Brian Kwon, Dante Nazarian and Ian Shovestull took fourth in the race in 1:35.45.

Kwon also took fourth in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.54). Mairena was fourth in the 100 butterfly with a consideration mark of 54.44 and Olivas took fifth in the 100 freestyle (50.94), just in front of Pentkowski (51.41).

The Bulldogs took third in league with 215 points with Crescenta Valley (623) and Arcadia (402) taking the top two spots. The Indians wound up in fifth (174) behind Pasadena (198).


Burbank, Burroughs in Pacific League finals: The Indians took third in league with 276 points after they were just edged by Pasadena (286) and, like the rest of the teams, trailed first-place Crescenta Valley (594) by a bunch. Burbank took fifth with 212 points, behind Arcadia (267).

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