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PREP ROUNDUP: Highlanders making case for league title.

Byline: Daily News

It's been more than five years since the Royal of Simi Valley girls' volleyball team has won the Marmonte League championship.

At the rate the Highlanders are going this year, that streak is about to come to an end.

Royal opened the second round of league play Thursday night by sweeping Newbury Park 25-17, 25-23, 25-22.

The Panthers are the lone league team to win a game against Royal this year, but the Highlanders took care of business in the rematch behind 15 kills from both Amanda Soper and Kathleen Wright.

Maddie Simpson had 42 assists and Katelyn Atkin had 20 digs for the Highlanders.

"Consistency, passing and defense, those were the keys tonight," Royal coach Heidi Buonauro said.

Not to mention the play of middle blockers Abbey Prusa and Kasey Ring, each of whom had 12 blocks.

"We knew we had a lot of talent and a lot of experience coming back from last year, but you just never know how a season is going to unfold," Buonauro said. "You can have all the talent, but if the girls aren't willing to work as a team, it's not going to happen."

In other girls' volleyball:

Flintridge Sacred Heart 3, Louisville 1: The host Tologs recovered from a slow start to record a 23-25, 25-18, 25-15, 25-21 Mission League victory over the Royals (11-2, 2-2), setting up a first-place battle Tuesday with Harvard-Westlake of Studio City (11-6, 4-0).

Camille Coffey led Flintridge Sacred Heart (14-5, 4-0) with 22 kills and 25 digs. Alyssa Walton posted 12 kills, Alessandra Orlandini had 17 digs, 22 assists and four aces, and Jordan Terwilliger added 14 assists for the Tologs.


Burroughs 35, Pasadena 12: Dalton Williams rushed for 104 yards on 18 carries and three touchdowns as the host Indians prevailed in the Pacific League showdown.

Burroughs (4-2, 3-0) limited Pasadena (3-3, 2-1) to 86 offensive yards in the first half, building a 28-6 lead.

Temple City 40, La Canada 20: Rocky Moore threw a 62-yard scoring pass to Brent Johnson and Jay Colina hauled in a 60-yard touchdown reception for the host Spartans (2-3, 0-1) in the Rio Hondo League setback.

Girls' cross country

Pacific League meet No. 2: After suffering its first league loss since 2004 with a Sept. 23 setback to Arcadia, Crescenta Valley rebounded with a 23-32 victory at C.V. Park.

Brooke Moultrie (19:04.68), who was ill and took 34th in C.V.'s 22-33 loss at Arcadia County Park, rebounded to finish second to Arcadia's Catrina McAlister (18:49.63).

Claudia Pham (19:05.33) finished third and Anneke Kakebeen (19:23.22) took fourth for the Falcons, who placed five runners in the top 10.

Tri-Valley League meet No. 2: Despite illness affecting several teams' lineups, Oak Park still managed to put six runners in the top 10 on the 3-mile course at Oak Canyon Park to defeat La Reina of Thousand Oaks 20-45.

Oak Park's Melissa Skiba won in 17:46.03 and La Reina's Sarah Pearson (18:31.10) was second. Jessica Reints (19:32.0), Kaycee Holcomb (19:32.360 and Taelor Young (19:33.76) rounded out the top five for the Eagles.

Boys' cross country

Pacific League meet No. 2: Led by Ammar Moussa (15:41), Arcadia defeated Burroughs 23-32 on the 3-mile C.V. Park course.

Burroughs' Anthony Monroy (15:43) was second and Burbank's Greg Dotson (16:13) took third.

Girls' golf

Pacific League No. 5: Burroughs' Emily Tubert and Arcadia's Mya Maw shared medalist honors at 3-over 40 at Santa Anita Golf Course, but the Apaches defeated the Indians 213-229.

Ravipa Losakul shot 41 for Burroughs (24-5, 21-4), Tess Apinchapong's 45 led third-place Burbank (242) and Sally Chun posted a 43 for fourth-place C.V. (249).

Boys' water polo

Agoura 17, Westlake 3: Danny McClintick scored five goals for the visiting Chargers in the Marmonte League win.

P.J. Iannone added four goals and James Altmann and Ramsey Abdulhamid both had three assists each for Agoura (19-4, 7-0).

Thousand Oaks 19, Moorpark 7: The Lancers (10-9, 5-2) got nine goals from Christian Brock and four from Dylan Ackerman in the Marmonte League win.

Dan Lurch led Moorpark with four goals.
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Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Oct 16, 2009
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