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Alta Loma volleyball team turns back Woodcrest Christian in first-round playoff match

By in Press Enterprise on November 1, 2017

By Michelle Gardner

RANCHO CUCAMONGA — Woodcrest Christian girls volleyball coach Teri James admits she had gotten a bit spoiled the last few years. She had a top-notch player in Tessa Oaks, who helped get the Royals reach back-to-back CIF title matches.

But without Oaks, who graduated, the Royals are in rebuilding mode, and they were no match on Tuesday for Alta Loma, which cruised to a 25-10, 25-19, 25-14 in a first-round CIF-SS Division 5 playoff match.

It was a balanced offense which paid off for the third-seeded Braves (24-7), who have won four straight Mt. Baldy League titles. Senior Ally Currie and sophomore Mackenzie Grooms each had 10 kills, while Cecelia White had 22 assists.

Woodcrest Christian (16-9), the fourth-place team out of the Ambassador League, was led by junior Raimi Albee with seven kills.

“Last year we had the one standout player with some very good role players,” James said. “So this year it was a matter of finding the player who was going to step up. They were a very good team, very balanced and well-rounded.”

Alta Loma was not challenged in the opening set, surging to a 20-8 lead, then closing it out moments later on an ace by Avery Bolus.

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