The road to the CIF State SoCal Regional Division 1 girls’ volleyball finals has been a long one, but one that Vista Murrieta has endured graciously. There are no egos, you won’t find arrogance, or cockiness…just good old-fashioned teamwork when you comb through the Broncos roster.

With senior Claire Little leading the way (25 kills, 9 digs), the push from her teammates and coaches to finish the job together is at the forefront of everything they have done to get to where they are today.

La Costa Canyon could not find an answer to Claire Little’s Offensive dominance in their State CIF semifinal match-up with the Vista Murrieta Broncos. Valley News/Butch Owens photo

“I’m pretty pumped about playing in this SoCal Regional final,” exclaimed Little. “The last couple of games we had really felt the energy. I could not be happier with how far we have come.”

Just days after sweeping Aliso Niguel, whom they also beat for the CIF Southern Section Division 2 title a week prior, Vista Murrieta had to face top seed La Costa Canyon (27-13) in the CIF State SoCal Regional Division 1 semifinals. No. 4 seed Vista Murrieta (22-10) was looking to rectify a 3-1 loss earlier this season to the Mavericks, and they made quick work in doing so. This time around the Broncos won 3-0 to upset the top-seeded Mavericks, 25-23, 25-18, 25-8.

Junior Katrina Catalan contributed with 29 assists and 9 digs, Miliani Villarreal (Jr) had 11 digs and 6 service aces while Lilliana Montes (Jr) contributed with 7 kills and 5 blocks.

“This is a great experience for not only myself, but my younger teammates,” added Little. “We started the season off playing difficult teams, and each postseason opponent has prepared us for the next. Our energy is at a high right now coming off some fun wins. We have been doing a lot of team recovery which has been beneficial with the postseason games being so close to each other.”

Lillian Montes records a kill in Vista Murrieta’s semifinal victory over La Costa Canyon Saturday, Nov. 12. Valley News/Butch Owens photo

Up next, Vista Murrieta will travel this week to take on the No. 2 seeded Palos Verdes Sea Kings in the CIF State SoCal Regional Division 1 girls’ volleyball finals. Match info is listed below. The winner of the SoCal Regional final will face off against the winner of the NorCal Regional (No. 5 – Branson at No. 3 – St. Mary’s) Friday, Nov. 18, at Santiago Canyon College in the City of Orange at 6:30 p.m.

Regional Finals (Open Div.-V)

Tues., Nov. 15 at Host School – 6 p.m.

Tickets/Admission Charges

Regional Finals: General Admission – $12.00 and Children (5+yrs)/Students/Seniors- $8.00

Tickets are available online only through CIF’s ticketing partner, GoFan (

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JP Raineri
JP Raineri

JP is an award-winning multimedia journalist, and head of the Sports Department for the Valley News. Over his time in the Temecula Valley, JP, a former Southwestern League head baseball coach, was also an on-air radio personality at Q103.3, KATY 101.3, Hot 103.9, and was a television host for the Outdoor Channel. When not covering local, or national sports, JP also serves as an Associate Baseball Scout with NSR.