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CIF Volleyball: Millikan Advances, Poly Falls

Two Long Beach volleyball teams opened the playoffs on Thursday, with Millikan advancing and Long Beach Poly falling in four sets. Moore League champion Wilson will host a second-round match Saturday evening after receiving a first-round bye.

Millikan def. Cathedral 3-0

The Rams were at home in the Division 4 opener and easily swept Cathedral, 25-13, 25-17, 25-19. Millikan will hit the road Saturday to travel to Tustin in round two; if they win they’d face the winner of Canyon and Northwood in the quarterfinals on Wednesday.

Canyon def. Poly 3-1

The Jackrabbits fell in a tight contest on the road, 25-19, 21-25, 25-20, 25-23. Canyon was led by Tyler Howard’s 20 kills, while Poly was led by Nico Iamaleava’s 27 kills and Malcolm King’s 13 kills. 

“There were a lot more positives than negatives this year,” said Poly coach Sid Davidson. “We’re a young team, we had our moments–these guys didn’t want to lose, so it was really tough. We just made some crucial mistakes at the wrong time.”

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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.