Volleyball/ May 17 2023

No. 3 in State, Corona del Mar, Sweeps Upland in First Round of CIF State D-1 Playoffs; Contreras & Vogel Brothers Combined for 30 Kills

Boys Volleyball: Upland’s magical 2023 season finally came to an end on Tuesday. But it took the third ranked team in the state to accomplish that feat. Three nights after steamrolling their way to a CIF-SS Division 2 championship, the Highlanders were put in the CIF State Division 1 bracket. And UHS got swept at […]

By Brian Baiotto

Volleyball/ May 14 2023

AJ Contreras & Isaiah Vogel Combine for 36 Kills in Upland’s Four-Set Victory Over Tesoro in Saturday’s CIF D-2 Title Match

Boys Volleyball: One year after being swept in the CIF-SS Division 3 finals, Upland wrote their names into the history books. And they did so in Division 2. The Highlanders dropped the first game against Tesoro in the D-2 title match. But Upland regrouped and claimed victory by scores of 19-25, 25-18, 25-14 and 25-23. […]

By Brian Baiotto

Volleyball/ May 04 2023

Upland Claims Four-Set Victory at Orange Lutheran; Highlanders Host Redondo Union in Saturday’s D-2 Semifinal

Boys Volleyball: On Wednesday evening, Upland earned a spot in this Saturday’s semifinal round. And for the first time since their playoff opener, the Highlanders get a home match. All that thanks to a four-set victory at Orange Lutheran in the CIF-SS Division 2 playoffs. The Highlanders defeated the Lancers by scores of 25-23, 17-25, […]

By Brian Baiotto

Volleyball/ Apr 28 2023

Upland Sweeps Arcadia in CIF-SS Division 2 Opener; Isaiah Vogel Led Way With 13 Kills

Boys Volleyball: Upland opened the CIF-SS Division 2 playoffs in dominant form. The Highlanders swept visiting Arcadia. UHS defeated the Apaches by scores of 25-8, 25-13 and 25-17. Isaiah Vogel had 13 kills. Kai Vogel chipped in with nine kills and five aces. AJ Contreras produced 10 kills, three blocks and three aces. Aiden DuFour […]

By Brian Baiotto

Volleyball/ Apr 19 2023

Upland on Verge of Clinching Outright Baseline League Championship; Highlanders Sweep Damien on Tuesday

Boys Volleyball: Upland is just one away from an undefeated Baseline League championship run. The Highlanders crushed their visitors from Damien in three games. UHS claimed victory by scores of 25-4, 25-6 and 25-16. AJ Contreras led the way with 26 kills. Aiden Dufour chipped in with 35 assists. Kai Vogel added six kills and […]

By Brian Baiotto

Volleyball/ Mar 27 2023

Maranatha is on Verge of First Winning Season in Program History; MHS Enters Final Stretch Tied w/Village Christian Atop Olympic League

Boys Volleyball: Since becoming the head football coach at Maranatha two years ago, Rand Holdren has made a dramatic impact on the success on the MHS program. In 2021, the Minutemen went 1-7 overall and 0-3 in Olympic League games. Fast forward one season, and Maranatha finished 11-1-1 in 2022, including a 5-0 run to […]

By Brian Baiotto

Volleyball/ Mar 26 2023

Arcadia Wins Bishop Amat Tournament; Apaches Defeat Los Altos in Title Match & Improve to 15-1

Boys Volleyball: Arcadia is off to a terrific start to the 2023 season. Aside from now being 15-1, the Apaches won the Bishop Amat Tournament. AHS defeated: Valley Christian, 2-0 Bosco Tech, 2-0 Los Altos, 2-1 San Dimas, 1-0 San Gabriel, 1-0 Los Altos 1-0, to claim the tournament championship. Arcadia went 6-0 in the […]

By Brian Baiotto

Volleyball/ Mar 20 2023

Jesse Lok’s 17 Kills Leads Arcadia to a Five Set Pacific League Victory Over Burroughs; Apaches Improve to 7-1

Pictured: Jesse Lok Boys Volleyball: Arcadia won its sixth consecutive match on Thursday. The Apaches edged Burroughs, 3-2, in a Pacific League contest. AHS won by scores of 15-25, 25-22, 25-20, 21-25 and 15-12. Jesse Lok had 17 kills and three blocks. Kyle Soriano added 11 kills and two blocks. Luke Treiman chipped in with […]

By Brian Baiotto

Volleyball/ Mar 11 2023

Chang & Treman Lead Arcadia to Sweep at San Marino; Apaches Improve to 5-1 in 2023

Pictured L-R: Maison Chang and Luke Treman Boys Volleyball: Arcadia made quick work of San Marino to improve to 5-1. The Apaches defeated the Titans by scores of 25-8, 25-21 and 25-21. Maison Chang had nine kills, three blocks and a pair of aces. Luke Treman contributed nine kills and four aces. And Kyle Soriano […]

By Brian Baiotto

Volleyball/ Feb 26 2023

Upland Boys Open 2023 Season in Strong Form; Highlanders Finished Fifth at Tesoro Tournament

Boys Volleyball: The Upland High School boys volleyball program is off to a great start to the 2023 season. Last week, they went 5-0 and 10-0 in sets to become back-to-back Portola High champs. This weekend, they played in the Tesoro Tournament and beat Capistrano Valley 2-0, Marina 2-0, and Aliso Niguel 2-0. The Highlanders […]

By Brian Baiotto

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