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CIF Volleyball: Wilson, Poly Advance to Semifinals

A great year for boys’ volleyball in Long Beach isn’t over yet—Moore League champion Wilson and second-place Poly both advanced to this Saturday’s CIF Southern Section Division 3 semifinals by virtue of Wednesday wins in the quarterfinals.

Wilson def. Westlake 26-24, 21-25, 21-25, 26-24, 15-12

The Bruins were on the road for their quarterfinal, and went into the match having never lost a set so far this season. Wilson found themselves down 2-1 in the match but battled back to win the fourth set, 26-24, and the fifth, 15-12.

Wilson was led by Payne Lounsbery, who had 20 kills, Leo Pravednikov (19 kills, five blocks), and Fletcher Garrett (12 kills).

The Bruins will host Foothill Saturday at 6 p.m. in the semifinals.

Poly def. Canyon 25-15, 22-25, 14-25, 25-18, 16-14

The Jackrabbits are the Cinderella of the Division 3 bracket, having knocked off another favored opponent on the road with a win over Anaheim Canyon.

Poly was led by Malcolm King (22 kills, 2 aces), Robert Jones (17 kills, 2 blocks), and Nathan Cheav (42 assists, 16 digs).

Poly will travel to St. Francis Saturday for the semifinals.


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.