Only the strong at this point in CIF playoffs

Dos Pueblos, Santa Barbara and Laguna Blanca all have something to cheer for Tuesday night as the schools’ girls volleyball teams have reached the semifinals in the CIF playoffs.

The Dons’ girls tennis team is also alive and well, taking on Esperanza on Tuesday in the Div. II quarterfinals.

The Owls’ girls volleyball team is the only side with the benefit of a home match, hosting St. Margaret’s at 6 p.m. in Merovick Gym.

Laguna, winners of 10 in a row, swept third-seeded Windward in the quarters while St. Margaret’s proved it can win under pressure on the road, coming back from two sets down to survive  at Paraclete on Saturday.



Just like last year, Dos Pueblos and Santa Barbara entered the Div. I-A postseason as the top-seeds, assuring that they wouldn’t meet unless each reached the final. Now, after three playoff wins each, a finals rematch is one match away.

The Chargers travel to Laguna Beach, which won at El Dorado 25-22, 20-25, 25-16, 25-20 in the quarterfinals. The Dons will have to go almost as far, stopping in Huntington Beach to take on the Oilers. Huntington defeated a very good Marymount 25-20, 14-25, 25-20, 19-25, 15-13 in its quarterfinal match.

The Dons tennis team is on the road after having its first two playoff matches at home, including a 17-1 thrashing of La Quinta on Saturday. Esperanza had a much different experience in the Round of 16, scraping by Beverly Hills 77-73 in total games won.