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Hedley’s all-around play helped Harvard-Westlake place 13th – the best out of any area team – at the prestigious Durango Fall Classic volleyball tournament in Las Vegas. The Wolverines went 3-0 in pool play and after losing to Mater Dei and Huntington Beach Edison, they defeated Marin Catholic and Iolani to take fifth place in the Silver Bracket.
Ledesma led the way for the Crusaders as she easily won a three-way meet against Heritage Christian and Whittier Christian at Clark Park on Thursday with a time of 19:14. As a junior. Ledesma won the Division 5 title at the Mt. SAC Invitational last October.
Kurke recorded 72 kills on 150 attempts (.366 hitting percentage) to help lead the Eagles to a third-place finish at the Valley Christian Tournament. Kurke averaged 12 kills per match and eight per set and earned all-tournament honors.
Capistrano Valley Christian
She led the Eagles to the silver bracket championship at the Valley Christian Tournament in Cerritos. Rutz, a junior opposite hitter, got the championship run started with 16 kills in an opening-round win over Long Beach Millikan. For the season Rutz has 136 kills, nine blocks, 46 digs and 24 aces. She was All-CIF last season.
Haynes enjoyed a breakout race in what was probably the best run of her high school career in the girls sweepstakes race Saturday night in the Woodbridge Classic at Silverlakes Sports Park in Norco. Haynes placed 10th and was No. 2 among Inland-area runners with a time of 16 minutes, 27.7 seconds.
At the prestigious Woodbridge Cross Country Classic, Arriaga finished sixth in the prestigious sweepstakes race, covering the three mile course in 16:07.9, and just seven seconds behind champion Corie Smith Buchanan (Clovis). Arriaga’s time was the second-best overall of all Southern Section runners.
The 6-foot-3 outside hitter already has 197 kills, 21 blocks and 52 digs in 31 sets on the season for a state-leading average of 6.4 kills per set. She tallied 130 kills in 19 sets last week as the Cougars had a 3-2 loss to Vista Murrieta and then competed in the Durango Classic in Las Vegas where the highlight was her 27 kill-effort in a 3-0 sweep of a top team from Georgia. She has committed to the University of Oregon.
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