MURRIETA – This week in our Valley News Prep Volleyball notebook, one team picked up their first loss of the year, another picked up a key league win, we preview a big Orange County tournament with area teams involved.

Pumas fall at Etiwanda:

En route to an 11-0 record and two tournament titles the Chaparral volleyball team was not for the most part significantly challenged. That changed on Thursday, August 31 in a road match at Baseline League co-champion Etiwanda. It was a match in which the Pumas took their first loss of the season by scores of 17-25, 27-25, 25-15 and 25-20 to fall to 11-1.

Patriots take early control of South Valley League title chase:

Last Thursday was also the first matchup between South Valley League powers Temecula Prep and Desert Christian Academy of Bermuda Dunes. Last year the Conquerors took both legs of this series without dropping a set en route to that league’s championship. In 2023 roles were reversed in match one as the Patriots prevailed at home via sweep by scores of 25-16, 25-12, 25-22. They’ll meet again on Tuesday, September 26 in Bermuda Dunes.

Local teams look for challenge at Orange County’s Dave Mohs Tournament:

Several teams from our Valley News area will make the trip to Orange County for this weekend’s Dave Mohs Classic hosted by Edison High School and other sites. In division one will be Chaparral, Great Oak, and Murrieta Valley while competing in division two is Rancho Christian. Tournament play begins Friday afternoon and continues on Saturday. Last year the Pumas came away with a division two title, defeating Foothill in the championship match. Rancho Christian returns to Mohs for the first time since 2019 while Great Oak and Murrieta Valley are regular participants. Follow along with tournament results at

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Derryl Trujillo

Derryl Trujillo has been a local sportswriter since 2018 and is the 2019 IEBCA Supporter of the Year award winner. He can be reached via email at