HS Girls’ Volleyball: Top teams take titles; await CIF Southern Section playoff pairings

Temecula Valley clinched their second straight Southwestern League title with a win over Chaparral Tuesday, Oct. 24. Donna Amoy photo.

The end of the regular season has arrived for the girls that leave it all on the local high school volleyball courts and many of the top teams saw success.

In the Southwestern League the league title came down to the final game of the season for the Lady Golden Bears of Temecula Valley. With a one game lead over the one team that beat them this year, Vista Murrieta, Temecula Valley needed a big win over Chaparral Tuesday, Oct. 24, while on the road. And a big win is what they got. The Lady Golden Bears won in three straight sets, 25-12, 25-23 and 25-15.

Lake Elsinore’s Lady Tigers. Courtesy photo.

“It was a sloppy match, but the girls handled Chaps’ pressure and pulled off the 3-0 sweep to win the league title. Looking ahead to the postseason, we will need to sharpen up going forward,” stated Head Coach Rafu Rodriguez.

The win for Temecula Valley (29-3, 9-1) was exactly what they needed to clinch their second straight Southwestern League title and will now sit back and see where they land in the postseason brackets, due out Thursday, Oct. 26. Vista Murrieta (17-7, 8-2) finished in second place in the standings and Great Oak (15-10, 6-4) clinched the third spot.

Rancho Christian’s Lady Eagles. Courtesy photo.

In the Sunbelt League it was Elsinore (23-12, 10-0) once gain dominating the courts with their undefeated league season, clinching their 20th league championship for the school. Paloma Valley (18-7, 8-2) finished right behind the Lady Tigers and Temescal Canyon (12-10, 5-5) and Heritage (13-12, 5-5) wrapped up the top of the standings with even records.

For the teams in the Hemet area’s Mountain Pass League Beaumont (16-8, 9-1) prevailed as the league champs and in the South Valley League it was a shared title for the teams from Rancho Christian (21-4, 9-1) and Santa Rosa Academy (21-3-1, 9-1).

The CIF-SS postseason brackets are set to be posted by 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, according to their website.

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