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Things did not Things did not go the way Palisades wanted to against Granada Hills the second time around.
After beating the Highlanders earlier this season and in last year’s finals, the Dolphins had another lackluster playoffs performance getting swept for the LA City Division 1 title (25-20, 25-19, 25-20) at the Roybal Learning Center.
Palisades had struggled in five-set matches versus Van Nuys in the quarterfinals and San Pedro in the semifinals.
‘It is very disappointing to get to the finals and lose the way we did,” said Palisades head coach Randy Stoklos.
The Dolphins had earlier defeated Granada Hills in four sets in March to open the season, but trailed almost the entire contest. Palisades’ only lead in match was a 3-1 advantage in the first set.
Grant Pugatch had 11 kills for the Dolphins.
Stoklos also announced after the game that he would not return as Palisades coach next season.
The Western League seemed poised to sweep all three of the boys Volleyball city titles, but came away empty handed.
In the Division 2 finals, Venice was the on the verge of losing the first set to Eagle Rock before a run of eight straight points gave the Gondoliers set one at 26-24. That would be the only highlight as the Eagles took the next three sets to take home the city title (24-26, 25-21, 25-18, 25-21).
Steven Glaza had 15 kills for Venice.
Northridge Academy defeated LACES 3-1 (25-18, 25-12, 17-25, 25-18) for the Division 3 title.
With a trio of dominating performances, Palisades’ Allie Vituous, and Mardell Ramirez each won four events, while Brandon Yong won three at the LA City Swimming Finals to lead the Dolphins to sweep both the boys and girls team titles on Friday.
Palisades’ strength could be felt in every race at East Los Angeles College as they won 11 out of 21 individual and team events and failed to reach the top three in only two events.
“So relieved, it’s finally time. This has been my career goal in the last ten years to have all four teams to go undefeated in the city and we finally did it,” said Palisades coach Maggie Nance. “The boys have been trying really hard for the last few years [to win city], but they got it.”
The Dolphins set the tone in the first race of the meet when the team of Natalia Hernandez, Lily Carthan, Jayme Rossie, and Ramirez easily won the 200 yard medley relay by five seconds over Granada Hills.
Fresh off an opening round upset of Wilson, Westchester had two rally twice in order to knock off 15th seed Maywood 8-7 to advance to the LA City Division II semifinals.
Veranae Woods had three RBI’s and Sharnitra Woods scored and drove in a run for the Comets.
Westchester trailed 2-0 in the first and 5-4 after the third inning of play.
The 10th-seeded will travel to No. 6 Arleta on Tuesday.
In other games…
Venice bats get hot early in win
Top seeded Venice found themselves in an early battle against 16th seeded Chavez in the first round of the LA City Division II playoffs.
Instead of their strong offense or dominate pitching that they have relied on all season, it was a defensive play by left fielder Samantha Soto that change the momentum as the Gondoliers cruised to a 15-0 victory.
Holding a 4-0 lead in the top of the fourth, Venice pitcher Milana Casillas found herself in a one-out jam after walking Jackie Alvarado and Melissa Valentin. Then Casillas got Jasmine Duenas to hit what should have been routine fly into left field, until Samantha Soto made it much more interesting.
Winning their first Western League title in six years, Venice was reward with the top seed in the Division II softball playoffs. The Gondoliers who finished 23-3-1 under first-year coach Daniel Soto will host San Fernando Chavez of the East Valley League in the first round. The winner will face either Bravo or Hollywood in the quarterfinals.
Westchester was selected as the tenth seed and will travel to the eastside against seventh seed Wilson.
First round schedule is below:
LA City Division II Softball Playoffs
First round, Tuesday, May 14th at 3 p.m.
Hamilton may have won the Western League but its weak schedule seemed to hurt them in LA City Division I playoff seeding as they were the only conference champion to be left out of the main draw. The Yankees will battle Arleta in the Wildcard game on Wednesday for the right to face off against Marine League co-champion Banning.
Two other Western League teams earned Division I wild card spots as Venice will host Carson and University will travel to the valley to take on Birmingham.
Westchester had the best RPI in the Western League but lost their final four games in conference play to put them in fourth place and that setback most likely kept them out of the playoffs.
LA City Division I Baseball Playoffs
Wild Card games
Wednesday, May 15th at 3 p.m.
No. 20 Arleta at No. 13 Hamilton
No. 19 Universty at No. 14 Birmingham
No. 18 Carson at No. 15 Venice
No. 17 Maywood Academy at No. 16 Verdugo Hills
Wednesday, May 22nd at 3 p.m.
The Western League has had a strong showing in the LA City Boys Volleyball playoffs this year. Four teams in three divisions have advanced to the semifinals on Tuesday.
First year coach Randy Stoklos’ top-seeded Palisades squad survived by ralling in a five game thriller at home against Van Nuys in the Division I quarterfinals (26-24, 26-28, 25-27, 25-16, 15-13).
They will host No.5 seed San Pedro, who defeated Marine League rival Carson in five games.
In Division II, Venice swept Franklin (25-10, 25-23, 25-10) and University easily handled Jordan in three straight games (25-23, 25-15,25-16). The Gondoliers will host Bravo Medical Magnet, while the Wildcats face top-seed Eagle Rock.
LACES will host Rancho Dominguez in Divison III after defeating Elizabeth (25-18, 25-20, 25-22).