Downey earns return trip to volleyball finals with victory over Kennedy


LA PALMA – With his team needing one point to advance to its second straight CIF-SS boys volleyball championship game, Downey coach Bob McCarthy called a timeout.

Whatever McCarthy told his team led to an exchange where multiple Vikings players saved the ball before an error by a Kennedy player ended the match and set off a celebration by McCarthy, his players and the team’s fans.

The Vikings (29-4) won in four sets 25-15, 25-19, 21-25, 25-23 to advance to the Division 3 title game, where they will face Tustin on Saturday at Cerritos College.