Boys Volleyball: La Salle Earns Spot in CIF Division 4 Semifinals; Lancers Sweep Providence Saturday, Have Won All Nine Postseason Sets Played

From Staff Reports: Tiare Tuitama’s boys volleyball program is on such a roll, that her Lancers are the only playoff program to have not lost one set in the CIF-SS Division 4 playoffs. La Salle entered Saturday afternoon’s quarterfinal match against Providence of Burbank with sweeps over both Rio Hondo Prep and Laguna Blanca. The […]

From Staff Reports:

Tiare Tuitama’s boys volleyball program is on such a roll, that her Lancers are the only playoff program to have not lost one set in the CIF-SS Division 4 playoffs.

La Salle entered Saturday afternoon’s quarterfinal match against Providence of Burbank with sweeps over both Rio Hondo Prep and Laguna Blanca.

The Lancers have now earned their third consecutive straight-set victory, after defeating Providence by scores of 25-16, 25-16 and 25-21.

Will Dalgarn had 10 kills, 14 digs and 4 blocks.

CJ Rettig added 9 kills and a pair of aces.

Brandon King chipped in with 22 digs.

And last but not least, Anton Aritz finished with 6 kills.

Because of religious observation, the other quarterfinal match in La Salle’s section of the D4 bracket wasn’t played Saturday.

La Salle will face the winner of Monday’s Rancho Alamitos (21-3)-San Gabriel Academy (25-2) contest on Wednesday night.

The upside for the Lancers is they can go out to Garden Grove on Monday night and scout their upcoming semifinal opponent.

The location of that semifinal match will be determined, obviously, after a winner is decided on Monday.

On the other half of the CIF-SS Division 4 bracket (semifinals) is San Marino (15-13) vs Whittier Christian (16-11) on Wednesday evening.

La Salle is the highest remaining seed, as St. Anthony fell to Murrieta Valley, three games to one in the second round.

Quotable:

La Salle coach Tiare Tuitama: “The boys are hungry. They want it more than ever, and for the first time in a long time, we have an opportunity to make history. The team is doing a great job of executing and figuring out the other team’s strengths, all the while capitalizing on our opponents’ weaknesses. We are trying to make sure that we focus on our side of the court, and making sure we are doing our job before looking at the other side. This team is a unit and they ride and die together with each other. We are just enjoying having fun at the moment on the court and at practice. The seniors know that every play could be their last. The coaching staff has been the biggest advocate for the boys and making sure that (the scenario) should have, would have, could have is not fun to go through at the end (if we fall short). Each player on this team holds themselves and their teammates accountable and making sure we do our jobs, both individually and collectively. I love this team and I’m having a lot of fun and pride coaching them.”

Records: Providence (19-6); La Salle (23-6)

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