Guards Fall in CIF Quarters!

November 19, 2008 by  

BURBANK — The Bellarmine-Jefferson High girls’ volleyball team didn’t know much about its quarterfinal playoff opponent.

What the Guards did know is they would have to scale a mountain — literally — to gain a win in the CIF Southern Section Division IVA contest against host Big Bear.         

Although Saturday’s trip to the match went off without a hitch, the same can’t be said about the Guards’ performance, as they played well, but lost, 25-13, 25-22, 20-15, 25-13.

“We just didn’t pass the ball as well as we should have,” Bell-Jeff Coach Miguel Segura said. “We just didn’t do what we needed to do to win.

“Big Bear is a good team, but I thought we could have played better.”


It was the second straight playoff match in which Bell-Jeff (16-2) was pushed to five games. In a second-round match Thursday at home, the Guards defeated Grace Brethren in five games. 
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Bell-Jeff opened the postseason Nov. 11 with a first-round sweep at home against Redlands Adventist Academy.
Despite the loss to Big Bear (17-6) — the No. 4 seed and champions of the De Anza League — Segura said he is proud of his team’s effort this season.       

“We are trying to build a tradition here, and if you want to be successful you have to do it in small steps,” he said. “I am very proud of the way the girls have played.”

Bell-Jeff was able to advance to the playoff quarterfinals for the first time in 15 years. In addition, it won its third straight Santa Cruz League championship.

It is the second time in as many years that Segura has led a Bell-Jeff team to the quarterfinals. In 2007, his boys’ squad advanced to the sweet 16, losing to Viewpoint.

The Guards didn’t play well in the early going against the Bears. The locals lost the first two games before battling back to win the third. However, Big Bear came on strong in the fourth game to close it out.

Taylor Nelson paced the Guards with six kills. Kim Van Dyke had 12 digs.

“We have a lot of players coming back for next year,” Segura said. “So, hopefully we’ll be able to keep it going and maybe go a little farther in the playoffs next year.”

By Jeff Tully – Burbank Leader


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