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CIF State Volleyball: Brutal Bracket Draw For Poly, St. Anthony

The CIF State girls’ volleyball bracket was released Sunday evening, with a cruel twist for Long Beach Poly fans.

The Jackrabbits were defeated in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 quarterfinals by one of the nation’s top programs in Mater Dei, a difficult loss but one that provided a silver lining. In years past, that loss would have put Poly into the Division 1 State bracket, avoiding the big money programs like Mater Dei and Marymount.

Instead this year, six Southern Section teams went into the Open Division for State, including the Jackrabbits. In a particularly cruel twist, Poly will have a rematch against Mater Dei, on the road on Wednesday evening.

St. Anthony is in the Division 3 bracket and is also potentially facing a rematch with the team that eliminated them soon. The Saints will travel to Taft on Tuesday evening, but would face Division 3 top-seed Ontario Christian on Thursday with a win; that’s who eliminated the Saints in the Southern Section playoffs.

We’ll have more on these matches including full previews later this week.

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.