2006 La Jolla High Beach
City Invitational Volleyball Tournament
The mighty Mustangs finished fourth overall and
Leanne Stennett and Kenzie Aries earned spots on the all tournament
The North County Times on San Dieguito Volleyball
San Dieguito empties bench, settles for fourth place
By: TOM SHANAHAN - For The North County Times
LA JOLLA ---- San Dieguito Academy girls volleyball coach Dexter
Harvey was happy with his team's three wins on Friday as the
Mustangs won their pool in the sixth annual La Jolla High Beach City
Invitational to advance to Saturday's Gold Division championship
He continued to be impressed on Saturday when the Mustangs, ranked
ninth in the San Diego Section, defeated Valencia in the first round
and La Jolla in the quarterfinals. But once Harvey's team lost to
Vista Murrieta in the semifinals Saturday afternoon, setting up a
third-place match with rival Bishop's in the evening, the veteran
coach decided to turn the best-of-three match into a version an NFL
Harvey played everyone on his roster as the Mustangs fell to
Bishop's 25-20, 25-13 to settle for fourth place. He explained an
upcoming match with Bishop's, a Coastal South League rival, in two
weeks is more important to his Coastal North League team than a
tournament's third-place trophy.
"We played well in the tournament Friday and Saturday, but we were
out of gas after playing a very, very good Vista Murrieta team,"
Harvey said. "We play Bishop's in a couple of weeks, and if you know
(Bishop's coach) Tod Mattox, he'll have every rotation dissected
before we get there. So I said, 'Let's not show them anything. We'll
let everyone play and in a couple of weeks, we'll play them heads up
when we're not tired.' "
Vista Murrieta went on to win the title of the 32-team tournament,
defeating Anaheim Esperanza in the final between Southern Section
San Dieguito was led by 5-foot-10 senior Leanne Stennett, who
announced Friday an oral commitment to play for Azusa Pacific
"We weren't expecting that," Stennett said of Harvey emptying the
bench, "but he knows what he's doing and we trust he's doing the
right thing. It was good for a lot of girls to get some playing
Stennett said the Mustangs entered the weekend focused on improving
their passing and defense.
"We came out Saturday with a lot of energy and we stepped up our
passing and defense," she said. "There were a lot of good teams in
this tournament and a lot of girls got some good experience playing
at this level."
Gantz-led Bishop's tops San Dieguito for third
By Nicole Vargas
October 8, 2006
The Bishop's girls volleyball team had hardly enough time to savor
its Scripps Ranch Tournament title from a week ago before it was
battling for its next one.
Despite a deep field and being down a starting setter, the Knights
took third at the Beach City Invitational, defeating San Dieguito
25-19, 25-12 at La Jolla High yesterday.
It was the best finish by a local team in the tournament, which
featured nationally ranked teams in Vista Murrieta and Anaheim
No. 38 Vista Murrieta upended No. 34 Esperanza 25-16, 25-22 for the
championship behind tournament MVP Kayla Varney, who will play next
year at UC Davis.
Both, though, had to overcome challenges from local teams to reach
Bishop's (19-2) was tied 24-24 with Esperanza in the first game
before losing 26-24, 25-14.
San Dieguito (14-5) won the first game in its semifinal against
Vista Murrieta before losing 23-25, 25-19, 15-9.
Bishop's setter Julie Gantz said the Knights didn't change their
approach for the third-place match.
A sophomore starting in place of senior Natalia Wrobel, who was on a
college recruiting trip, Gantz was expected to quarterback the team.
“It was hard,” admitted Gantz, “but I knew if I did my best my team
would help me out.”
That included not only her go-to seniors in outside hitter Nicole
Ballon-Landa and middle blocker Katherine Fiedler, but breakout
performances from juniors Devin Nelson and Jacqueline Rhodes.
“People see our 6-2 middle (Fiedler) and Nicole, but we have kids
doing their roles just as well,” Bishop's coach Tod Mattox said.
“The nice thing is Julie had a nice day. She connected very well
with Devin, and she had the best day of her career.”
In the end, it was a kill by sophomore Carly Bollert from Gantz that
sealed the third-place match. Bollert had five kills, while Rhodes
tallied eight and Ballon-Landa six.
Despite the loss, San Dieguito coach Dexter Harvey said his team is
headed in the right direction.
“We've already won more (matches) than last year,” said Harvey. “I'm
very happy with what we're doing, and obviously the most important
tournament is (the San Diego Section playoffs).”
The San Diego Union Tribune on San Dieguito Girls Volleyball
GIRLS' VOLLEYBALL RESULTS
Beach City Tournament
All-tournament: MVP-Kayla Varney (Vista Murrieta),
Kamecka Rozier (VM), Cassie Hamilton (VM), Jessica Welch (Anaheim
Esperanza), Christy Hudson (E), Julie Gantz (Bishop's), Laurel Casey
(Bi), Leanne Stennett (San Dieguito), MacKenzie Aries (SDA),
Faith Steinwedell (Santa Fe Christian), Savanah Thomas (Woodland
Hills Taft), Kelly Clausen (Tri-City Christian).
Championship: Vista Murrieta def. Anaheim Esperanza 2-0; Third
place: Bishop's def. San Dieguito 2-0; Semifinals: Vista Murrieta
def. San Dieguito 2-1; Esperanza def. Bishop's 2-0; Quarterfinals:
San Dieguito def. La Jolla 2-0; Vista Murrieta def. Lake Elsinore
Temescal Canyon 2-0; Esperanza def. Poway; Bishop's def. Escondido.
Round one: San Dieguito def. Valencia 2-1; La Jolla
def. Brawley 2-0; Vista Murrieta def. Horizon 2-0; Temescal Canyon
def. Woodland Hills Taft 2-1; Poway def. Santa Fe Christian 2-1;
Esperanza def. Costa Mesa Estancia 2-0; Bishop's def. Pittsburgh,
Penn.; Escondido def. RBV.
Fifth place: Santa Fe Christian def. Taft 2-1; Semifinals: Taft def.
Escondido; SFC def. Temescal Canyon, forfeit; Quarterfinals:
Escondido def. Valencia 2-0; Taft def. Poway 2-0; SFC def. La Jolla;
Temescal Canyon def. RBV; Round one: Valencia def. Brawley 2-1; Taft
def. Horizon 2-0; SFC def. Estancia 2-0; RBV def. Baldwin.
Championship: Tri-City Christian def. Ramona 2-1; Consolation:
Canyon Crest def. Cerritos Gahr 2-1; Chandler, Ariz. Basha def. OLP
2-1; Semifinals: Tri-City Christian def. University City 2-0;
Granada Hills def. Ramona 2-0; Quarterfinals: Tri-City Christian
def. Canyon Crest 2-0; Gahr def. University City 2-0; Granada Hills
def. OLP 2-1; Ramona def. Basha 2-0.
Las Vegas Centennial def. Chaparral 14-25, 25-23, 16-14.
Championship: Coronado def. Imperial 2-0; Semifinals: Coronado def.
Marian 2-1; Third place: SW Southwest def. Marian; Imperial def. SW
Southwest 2-1; Quarterfinals: SW Southwest def. Marian 2-1; Coronado
def. Imperial 2-0.