Hemet was ranked No. 1 in D-5 … Fifth-ranked Western Washington netters KO Cal State, off to a 6-1 start … SBVC women drop opener against Santiago Canyon … SBVC men lose to State powers.

Citrus Valley High School could have been excused for feeling intimidated in its recent match against Mountain Pass League volleyball heavyweight Hemet High School back on Aug. 29.

On Aug. 11-12 at the Queen’s Court Tournament played in Orange County Hemet destroyed the Lady Blackhawks in the 15-team Elite Division. Well over 100 teams competed at the Anaheim-based event.

A short time later, Hemet showed up to play at Citrus Valley’s Blackhawk Tournament on Aug. 18.

The Lady Blackhawks dropped the championship match to Hemet, losing two out of three. In the Aug. 27 CIF Top 10 poll, Hemet was ranked No. 1 in Southern Section Division 5.

In the Aug. 29 rematch, however, the tables were turned.

Hemet (13-6), a three-time CIF champion from 2010-2012 and runner-up in 2013, is still a powerhouse. Though league rival Beaumont has caught up to the Lady Bulldogs last year tying for the league title, Citrus Valley caught up with Hemet this season.

Citrus Valley beat Hemet, 25-10, 26-24, 25-23, improving to 10-2 overall.

There were no statistics or other information available from the match.

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Off to a 1-7 start with its lone victory coming against Pacific, San Gorgonio has toughened up in its last two matches, losing to Indian Springs and Riverside Ramona in 5-gamers.

The Lady Spartans battled back against Ramona after losing 25-9 in the opening game, rebounding to win 25-23 and 25-16 before the Lady Rams could recover to win the final two games, 25-19, 15-12.

Alexus Cobb-Martinez came up with 15 kills and delivered four service aces along the way. Julissa Ovalle had five kills and four blocks while senior libero Julyssa Baltierra had 15 digs.

In that 5-game loss to Indian Springs, decided by a 15-7 fifth game outcome, Cobb-Martinez led the attack with 21 kills, had 14 digs, while Laura Gomez and Destiny Rivera split 29 assists. Baltierra, who had 12 digs, came up with four service aces.

San Andreas League play begins on Sept. 9 against Rialto Eisenhower.

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Aquinas’ Raimi Albee came up 33 kills in the Lady Falcons’ Ambassador League opener against Riverside Woodcrest Christian. It took five games to decide the outcome, the Lady Royals prevailing with a 15-13 triumph in the decisive fifth game.

Between Albee, Tristan Walters (17 digs, seven service aces, nine kills) and setter Taylor Huskey (four aces, 11 digs, 37 assists), Aquinas nearly handed Woodcrest Christian (8-1) its second loss this season.

In the Aug. 27 CIF division poll, Aquinas was ranked No. 9 in D-5.

MEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER

Picked as the sixth-place team in pre-season polls by the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA), Cal State San Bernardino has a trio of top three teams to work past in 2018.

The season started last weekend with matches against Simon Fraser and Montana State-Billings.

Cal Poly Pomona, the 2017 NCAA Division 2 Western Region champion and national finalist, is ranked fourth nationally. CCAA coaches have tabbed the Broncos, barely, to win this year’s conference championship off a 129-point tabulation.

Cal State Los Angeles (126) and UC San Diego (125) were 2-3 with Cal State San Bernardino (83) a few notches below.

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Tough road matches at Taft College, followed by Oxnard, left San Bernardino Valley winless after a pair of 2-0 setbacks.

Both Wolverines’ opponents made playoffs last season.

Oxnard finished at 14-8-1, losing to eventual State qualifier Santa Barbara in the second round.

Taft, at 17-5-4, reached the State championship match before losing to Fresno City College, 2-0, in the finals.

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Time was expiring when Vanguard College-Costa Mesa netted the game-winner in a 2-1 win over visiting University of Redlands last weekend. Joey Kenney scored the Bulldogs’ lone goal.

COLLEGE CROSS COUNTRY

It was a chance for San Bernardino Valley College to race against former coach Wes Ashford at last week’s season-opening Redlands Invitational.

Ashford’s Cal Poly Pomona squad, a 4-year program, easily outdistanced all comers with a 22-78 win over host University of Redlands. Junior Alejandro Ambrosio outran Redlands’ Tucker Cargile by four seconds.

SBVC ran fifth overall, led by sophomore Michael Ramirez’s 11th place finish.

Cal Poly’s women outran Cal State San Bernardino, 35-65.

Ashford, meanwhile, coached SBVC to five straight State junior college championships from 2006-2010 before eventually moving on to coach at Cal Poly.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER

San Bernardino Valley had its hands full by taking on JUCO powerhouse Santiago Canyon College in last Saturday’s season-opener.

A 2-0 road loss killed the Lady Wolverines’ hopes.

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In the season-opener against Dixie (Utah) State, Cal State San Bernardino surrendered a goal in each half to drop a 2-0 match. The Lady Trailblazers out-shot the Lady Coyotes, 18-2.

Kelly Kevershan and Haidee Duran took Cal State’s lone two shots. Goalkeeper Carly Luna came up with nine saves.

Concordia-Irvine scored a 3-1 win over the Lady Coyotes one day later.

UC San Diego, the 5-time defending CCAA champion, was picked to win this year’s conference championship by a vote of 13 coaches. The Lady Coyotes were picked to finish ninth.

UC San Diego, which will transition to Division 1 status in a couple years, won seven first place votes by 13 coaches, totaling 139 points. Sonoma State, at 129 points, collected the second-highest total.

WOMEN’S COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL

Nationally ranked No. 5 Western Washington College handed No. 9 Cal State San Bernardino its first loss this season, winning a 5-gamer in a tournament opening rounder at Azusa Pacific University last week.

But the Lady Coyotes bounced back with a 4-game win over Biola-La Mirada and a 3-game sweep against Northwest Nazarene last Friday.

Cal State was set to open California Collegiate Athletic Association play against visiting Cal State Stanislaus on Friday night in Turlock. One night later, the Lady Coyotes are scheduled to play at Chico State.

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