Guards Sharp in Sweep!

November 14, 2008 by  

GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL: Bell-Jeff easily wins CIF opener.

BELLARMINE-JEFFERSON HIGH — The Bellarmine- Jefferson High girls’ volleyball team won its opening postseason matches the past two years on the strength of one player.

That player has graduated, and the Guards boast a more well-rounded squad with a host of talented athletes this season.   

It was that depth helped Bell-Jeff easily win its CIF Southern Section Division IVA first-round match Tuesday at home against Redlands Adventist Academy, 25-11, 25-4, 25-15.

“We have had that one player who we relied on in the past. But once you get to the playoffs, its easy for teams to defend that,” said Bell-Jeff Coach Miguel Segura, whose squad has lost in the second round the past two years. “But this year we don’t have that one player who we have to always go to. Now, we can spread it around.”

The Guards (15-1), who are coming off of their third straight Santa Cruz League title, will play in a second-round match Thursday against Brethren Christian, who defeated Azusa, 25-21, 25-18, 25-8, at a site to be determined.

Bell-Jeff rolled to a league title and has won 15 straight regulation matches after falling to Saugus in its nonleague opener Sept 16.

“This team has been able to improve over the season,” Segura said.

The Guards got off to a slow start in the first game, trailing, 4-1. However, after that momentary struggle, Bell-Jeff dominated the rest of the way.

Bell-Jeff went on an 11-2 run in the opener to take a 12-6 lead. It outscored the Bulldogs, 13-5, to win the game.

The Guards carried that momentum into the second game in a big way. They jumped out to a 14-0 lead behind fine play from freshmen Jocelyn Cervantes and Breanna Pedron and seniors Itria Licitra and Taylor Nelson.

“That was one of our best games this season,” Segura said. “We definitely wanted to send a message with our scores in the CIF opener.”

Bell-Jeff was paced by Cervantes, who tallied a match-high 11 kills.

Segura was able to get his reserves some playing time in the third game, as Redlands Adventist (12-11) couldn’t mount much offense. Ten of the Pirates’ 15 points in the game came on Bell-Jeff errors.







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