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CIF-SS championships preview – Orange County Register



At Cerritos College

Tickets: General Admission $12; Student w/current HS ID and children (5-13) $5

(All matches will be live streamed on the NFHS Network


DOWNEY (19-10) vs. KENNEDY (23-6)

When: 11:30 a.m.

Outlook: A lot has to be said about Kennedy’s resilience during this playoff run. The Fighting Irish dropped the first two sets against St. Margaret’s in the semifinals and trailed 20-16 in set four, but still found a way to prevail. This is the program’s first ever finals appearance and just the first for any team at school since the football team won a CIF title in 2006. The Fighting Irish finished third in the Empire League and began the playoffs having to play a wild-card match. Coach Travis Warner said they were a bit frustrated about having to start on that path, but has used it as a motivating tool, trying to go from Wild Card to CIF champion. Kennedy coach Travis Warner credits the senior core on the backrow for leading the charge. “They don’t make a lot of mistakes and it has been a total team effort,” he said. “This team plays for each other and we’ve preached that it is all about the team and the program.” Senior setter Spencer Hirai runs the offense, with players like Daniel Song and Eli Sala chipping in on the attack. They both had 15 kills in the semifinals. Warner calls this the most complete team that’s he had. The Vikings finished second in the San Gabriel Valley League and upset top-seeded Katella in the quarterfinals, winning in four sets. They have won six consecutive matches.



When: 2 p.m.

Outlook: The top-seeded Centurions started the season with redemption on their mind. Last year, they advanced to the semifinals before losing to eventual champion Saddleback Valley Christian. This year, led by a roster featuring 11 seniors, second-year coach Alex…

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