Volleyball/ Aug 02 2022

Arcadia Volleyball Coach Stephen Bernabe Survives Two Near-Death Episodes & Uses Experience to Fearlessly Take on the World

Volleyball: By Brian Reed-Baiotto, Sports Editor The fear of death is pretty universal. But for Arcadia volleyball coach Stephen Bernabe, it became a ‘been there, done that’ mentality. Nine years ago, Bernabe was entering the prime of his life. He was 23, healthy, popular and a standout volleyball player. Bernabe’s whole world looked to be […]

By Brian Baiotto

Volleyball/ May 24 2022

Monrovia’s Gunnar Keeling & Marvin Fong Named CIF-SS Division 6 Player & Coach of the Year

Boys Volleyball: Winning championships has its privileges. And that’s the case for the Monrovia boys volleyball program. After a 5-5 run, and a third-place finish in Rio Hondo League matches, the Wildcats found their stride and made history. Monrovia went 8-0 in the 2022 postseason, which included CIF-SS Division 6, and CIF State Division 4 […]

By Brian Baiotto

Volleyball/ May 24 2022

One Week After Being Swept in CIF D-3 Final, Upland Pays Royal Back in Five-Set Road Thriller to Claim CIF State D-2 Title

Boys Volleyball: Talk about your ultimate payback. And it only took a week to accomplish. The Upland High School volleyball program entered the CIF-SS Division 3 title match versus Royal having not lost in almost two months. To their credit, Royal, also named the Highlanders, swept UHS on May 14th at Long Beach City College. […]

By Brian Baiotto

Volleyball/ May 23 2022

Monrovia Rallies From 2-1 Deficit to Defeat Mar Vista in Five Games to Claim CIF State Division 4 Championship

Boys Volleyball: Wow! What a way to end the 2022 season. Monrovia, in just their fourth year as a program, clinched CIF-SS Division 6 & CIF State Division 4 championships in 2022. And consider this…the Wildcats finished 5-5 in Rio Hondo League matches, which was good for third place. After state playoff sweeps over Los […]

By Brian Baiotto

Volleyball/ May 20 2022

Monrovia Sweeps Saddleback in Rematch of Last Week’s D-6 Final; Wildcats to Host Mar Vista in Saturday’s CIF State So Cal D-4 Regional Final

Note: Thanks to Coach Fong for this photo of the Monrovia boys volleyball team. This picture was from last week’s CIF-SS Division 6 championship-match victory over the same Saddleback program they beat tonight (Thursday) in the CIF State Division 4 playoffs. Boys Volleyball: Five days after defeating Saddleback in four games in the CIF-SS Division […]

By Brian Baiotto

Volleyball/ May 20 2022

Upland Sweeps Westview in Thursday’s CIF State Division 2 Match; Highlanders Get Second Shot at Royal in So Cal Regional Final

Boys Volleyball: Five days after losing in the CIF-SS Division 3 finals, Upland has bounced back and earned its spot in the CIF State Division 2 So Cal Regional Final. On Thursday, The Highlanders swept visiting Westview of San Diego by scores of 25-13, 25-13 and 25-20. Jordan Lucas has 13 kills and seven digs, […]

By Brian Baiotto

Volleyball/ May 18 2022

Upland Sweeps Scripps Ranch in First Round of CIF State Division 2 Playoffs; Jordan Lucas Had 11 Kills & 11 Digs

Boys Volleyball: Heading into last weekend’s CIF-SS Division 3 finals against Royal, the Upland High School boys volleyball program hadn’t lost a match in 47 days. Unfortunately for the Highlanders, Royal picked up the three-game sweep at Long Beach City College. Thanks to their deep playoff run, however, UHS earned a spot in the CIF-State […]

By Brian Baiotto

Volleyball/ May 08 2022

Upland Sweeps Aliso Niguel to Earn Spot in Next Saturday’s CIF D-3 Title Match; UHS Hasn’t Dropped a Single Set in Postseason

Boys Volleyball: Upland is now just one win away from earning a CIF-SS Division 3 championship. On Saturday, the Highlanders extended their postseason sweep streak to four games. UHS defeated Aliso Niguel by scores of 25-22, 26-24 and 25-23. Kai Vogel had 11 kills and four aces. Jordan Lucas contributed a match-high 16 kills. Isaiah […]

By Brian Baiotto

Volleyball/ May 05 2022

Upland Sweeps Dos Pueblos & Earns Spot in Saturday’s CIF-SS Division 3 Semifinal Round

Boys Volleyball: The No. 1 seed in the CIF-SS Division 3 playoffs continues to steamroll its opponents. Upland earned a spot in Saturday’s semifinal round thanks to its 25-19, 25-15 and 25-17 victory over visiting Dos Pueblos. In four postseason matches, the Highlanders have consecutive sweeps over Rancho Verde, El Segundo, Quartz Hill and Dos […]

By Brian Baiotto

Volleyball/ Apr 27 2022

Hart Defeats La Salle in Four Games in the Wild Card Round of CIF-SS Division 3 Playoffs

Boys Volleyball: La Salle saw its season come to an end in the wild card round of the CIF-SS Division 3 playoffs. The Lancers lost by scores of 25-19, 12-25, 19-25 and 23-25. Robert Raymundo led the way with 14 kills. Will Leiberg had 28 set assists and seven kills. Eamon Biggs chipped in with […]

By Brian Baiotto

Volleyball/ Apr 26 2022

CIF Boys Volleyball Schedule: No. 1 Upland Will Battle El Segundo-Lakewood Winner in First Round of CIF-SS Division 3 Playoffs on Thursday

Boys Volleyball: Tuesday’s Wild Card Matches: Division 3: Hart at La Salle Division 5: Pasadena Poly at West Covina Friday’s First Round Schedule: Division-2: St. Francis at Warren Division 3: El Segundo-Lakewood winner at Upland Arcadia at Downey Highland at La Canada Division 4: Pacifica Christian at Flintridge Prep Claremont at Xavier Prep Division 6: […]

By Brian Baiotto

Volleyball/ Apr 23 2022

Arcadia Finishes Regular Season w/Five Set Victory Over Crescenta Valley; Apaches & Falcons Tie for Second in Pacific League

Boys Volleyball: Just over a month ago, Arcadia got swept at Crescenta Valley, which dropped the Apaches to third place in the Pacific League. Fast forward to Friday, and Arcadia answered back with a five-set, regular-season ending victory over the visiting Falcons. CV took leads of 1-0 and 2-1, but the Apaches responded and claimed […]

By Brian Baiotto

Volleyball/ Apr 21 2022

Arcadia Sweeps PHS on Wednesday; Apaches Close Out Regular Season on Friday vs Crescenta Valley

Boys Volleyball: Arcadia wrapped up third place in the Pacific League weeks ago. But the Apaches aren’t content with the league’s third seed. After sweeping Pasadena by scores of 25-12, 25-20 and 25-17 on Wednesday, Arcadia has one game remaining before it gets its CIF-SS playoff pairing. On Friday, the Apaches will host second-place Crescenta Valley, and […]

By Brian Baiotto

Volleyball/ Apr 15 2022

Arcadia Sweeps Glendale on Thursday; Luke Treiman Leads Way w/11 Kills, 2 Blocks & 2 Aces

Boys Volleyball: Arcadia picked up a three-game sweep of visiting Glendale on Thursday. The Apaches won by scores of 25-18, 25-23 and 25-19. Luke Treiman led Arcadia with 11 kills, two blocks and a pair of aces. Kevin Nakaishi had 15 digs and three aces. Maison Chang contributed five kills, two blocks and two aces. […]

By Brian Baiotto

Volleyball/ Apr 13 2022

Arcadia Sweeps Burbank on Tuesday; Apaches Working on Getting into Playoff Form

Boys Volleyball: Arcadia all but secured third place in the Pacific League. The Apaches swept Burbank by scores of 25-11, 25-18, and 25-20. Varunkarhik Baskaran had six blocks, two kills and four digs in Tuesday’s win. Maison Chang contributed four kills, two blocks and an ace. Kevin Nakaishi chipped in with 10 digs and Caleb […]

By Brian Baiotto

Volleyball/ Mar 30 2022

Village Christian Defeats Maranatha in Four Games; Minutemen Fall to 0-2 in Olympic League Play

Boys Volleyball: Maranatha dropped its second consecutive Olympic League match on Tuesday. Village Christian defeated the Minutemen by scores of 25-12, 25-21, 16-25 and 25-22. Alec Smith led the way for Maranatha with 11 kills. Lucas da Costa had seven kills and five aces. Up next: The Minutemen will host Whittier Christian on Thursday. Quotable: […]

By Brian Baiotto

Volleyball/ Mar 24 2022

Arcadia Drops First Game at San Gabriel But Regroups & Defeats Matadors in Four; Apaches Improve to 13-1

Boys Volleyball: Arcadia continues to roll. The Apaches improved to 13-1 after a four-set victory at San Gabriel. AHS won by scores of 17-25, 25-13, 25-17 and 25-19. Wayne Wiarta had 10 kills, five digs and and three blocks. Kevin Nakaishi contributed 14 digs and two aces. Matthew Le had eight kills, seven digs and […]

By Brian Baiotto

Volleyball/ Mar 23 2022

Whittier Christian Rebounds From 0-2 Deficit to Defeat Maranatha in 5 Games

Boys Volleyball: Maranatha got off to a quick two games to none lead in the Olympic League opener at Whittier Christian. The Heralds, however, answered back, and defeated the Minutemen in five games. WCHS won by scores of 23-25, 18-25, 25-16, 25-21 and 15-13. Bryan Chi led the way with 11 kills. Lucas da Costa […]

By Brian Baiotto

Volleyball/ Mar 18 2022

La Salle Recovers From Two Sets Down to Defeat St. Anthony in Five Games; Lancers Open Del Rey League Play in Style

Boys Volleyball: It hasn’t been the start La Salle was hoping for. The Lancers finished the nonleague portion of their schedule with a record of 3-9. La Salle, however, opened Del Rey League play Thursday in a big way. The Lancers rebounded from a two-set deficit to outlast visiting St. Anthony in five games. La […]

By Brian Baiotto

Volleyball/ Mar 11 2022

Maranatha Rebounds Well From Two Losses & Sweeps Pomona on Thursday

Boys Volleyball: After getting swept in consecutive losses to Arcadia and Flintridge Prep, Maranatha was on the right side of a three-game sweep. The Minutemen picked up a 25-17, 25-17 and 25-20 victory at Pomona. Alec Smith led the way with nine kills. Luke Deverian had 33 assists. Lucas Da Costa contributed 20 digs and […]

By Brian Baiotto