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ROUNDUP: Long Beach CIF Volleyball Action

Long Beach Poly, St. Anthony, and Avalon all picked up opening-round wins on Thursday evening. Here’s links to all our coverage.

Long Beach Poly def. Mira Costa 3-0

READ MORE about how Poly took down the Mustangs in three sets to set up next week’s big showdown with Mater Dei. WATCH VIDEO / SEE PHOTOS

St. Anthony def. La Serna 3-2

READ MORE about the Saints’ wild five-set win.

Marymount 3, Lakewood 2

The Lancers impressed in a loss to the nationally-ranked Sailors, 24-26, 27-25, 13-25, 25-20, 15-7.

“Our kids played outstanding,” said Lakewood coach Mike Wadley. “Our game plan worked, it just came to that last set and we didn’t have anything left to give. We gave everything we had.”

Fullerton-bound senior Julia Crawford led with 24 kills and eight digs, while Laura Williams had five kills, as did setter Moni Vivao, who also had 34 assists and 22 digs.

The loss ends the season for Lakewood, while Marymount will face Foothill in the Division 1 quarterfinals on Wednesday.

“It’s sad to lose our four-year starters, I’m really proud of this team,” said Wadley.

Cypress def. Wilson 3-1

The Bruins improved on an earlier three-set loss to Cypress but couldn’t overcome them in a first-round loss.

Culver City def. Millikan 3-0

The Rams went on the road and fell in straight sets in the first round.

Avalon def. Liberty Christian 3-0

The Lancers won in straight sets, 25-8, 25-12, 25-18. They’ll continue in the Division 9 playoffs on Saturday.

Mike Guardabascio
An LBC native, Mike Guardabascio has been covering Long Beach sports professionally for 13 years, with his work published in dozens of Southern California magazines and newspapers. He's won numerous awards for his writing as well as the CIF Southern Section’s Champion For Character Award, and is the author of three books about Long Beach history.