Temecula Valley and Murrieta Valley battled it out in a Southwestern League match-up last week that saw the Lady Golden Bears depart victorious after 5 sets. Valley News/Action Captures Media Group

By: Derryl Trujillo

Contributing Writer

— We’ve got a player of the week to honor along with league updates and a recap of Vista Murrieta’s trip to the Nike Tournament of Champions.

CIF-SS Coaches Poll as of 9/27

A new poll comes out just after our deadline so here are Valley News area teams with rankings as determined by the CIF-SS volleyball advisory committee from last week.

Division 1/2

  1. Vista Murrieta

Division 6

  1. San Jacinto

Division 8

  1. Temecula Prep

Division 9

  1. Nuview Bridge
  2. Lakeside

Player of the Week

Jameson Sanders, SR, Heritage. In their first matchup, the Patriots fell at home in five sets but Friday, Oct. 1, Heritage got their revenge, sweeping Hemet by scores of 25-20, 25-21 and 25-22. Sanders hit .344% with 28 kills on 64 attempts and 6 errors. It’s Heritage’s first victory as an Ivy League member, the Raincross Conference’s top league.

Heritage senior Jameson Sanders was named Player of the Week as she helped the Lady Patriots get their first victory as an Ivy League member. Valley News/Action Captures Media Group

League Updates

Ivy League: Last week Elsinore was placed into a ten-day COVID pause which meant the Tigers were unable to play scheduled contests against Heritage (Wednesday) and Paloma Valley (Friday). As of press time only a makeup date for the Patriots match has been announced (Oct. 14). Hemet falls a loss behind both the Wildcats and Tigers with matchups against both remaining. That matchup between Paloma Valley and Elsinore is a highly anticipated rematch of a five-set thriller in their first meeting and has league championship implications. As does the Tigers rematch next Monday with Hemet, who won their first meeting.

Sunbelt League: Riverside Poly and Temescal Canyon find themselves tied for first place after the Bears went into Lake Elsinore and prevailed in five sets. Poly’s Kayden Croy had 23 kills (a career high) in that win while Darby Deniston added 16. Temescal Canyon will be on the road next week (Monday at Notre Dame and Wednesday at Poly) looking to complete their quest for a Sunbelt League title.

Mountain Pass: Hemet West Valley swept San Jacinto to take control of the Mountain Pass league title chase. The Mustangs and Tigers will meet next week with that championship at stake.

Nike Tournament of Champions recap

Vista Murrieta took fourth place in Nike’s Tournament of Champions last week. Valley News/David Canales photo.

Vista Murrieta made their annual excursion to Nike’s Tournament of Champions and came home with fourth place in the tournament’s top division (Platinum). The Broncos return to Southwestern League play with a one match lead over Great Oak.

Derryl Trujillo can be reached by email at socaltrekkieatgmail.com.