By Steve Breazeale
Top-ranked Tritons Edge Dolphins in Five-set Thriller
The San Clemente and Dana Hills boys volleyball teams have a long and historic rivalry with one another. For the past 11 years, it’s been either the Tritons or the Dolphins claiming the South Coast League title.
Their April 2 matchup had all the makings of yet another classic battle and after the dust cleared, with San Clemente claimed a 3-2 come-from-behind, five-set win.
The No. 1-ranked Tritons (19-0, 4-0 league) came into the match with an undefeated record on the line while the three-time defending league champion Dolphins (18-4, 2-1) were looking to make a statement in-league and stretch their winning streak to five games.
After claiming the first two sets 25-21, 30-28, behind the strong service games of junior Christian Hessenauer and senior Bryce Yould, the No. 6-ranked Dolphins looked to be in the driver’s seat to win the match. The Dolphins had the momentum after erasing an 11-6 second set deficit and surviving four Tritons set-point opportunities to take an early 2-0 lead.
But the Tritons suddenly found their game as senior setter Jack Yoder dished out passes to senior middle blocker Garrett Costello in the third set. Costello recorded four of his 16 kills and had an ace in the third as the Tritons went wire-to-wire to claim a 25-19 set win. Yoder would end up recording 75 assists on the night. The Tritons also benefited from six Dolphins service errors in the set.
“I just told our guys, we can’t keep making mistakes and hurting ourselves…so after (the second game) I was just hoping we could get our feet underneath us in game three,” San Clemente head coach Ken Goldstone said. “(Dana Hills) gave us a couple of points and gave us the lead and we got our confidence back.”
After the Tritons took the close fourth set 25-22, the Dolphins looked poised to take the fifth and final set after running out to a 6-4 advantage. Hessenauer and Yould combined for four of the Dolphins six points at the time.
Tritons senior Lucas Yoder, a USC commit, immediately took over, tallying an ace and two kills down the stretch, including the 15th and final kill to give the Tritons a 15-13 set win, completing the comeback.
“We just weren’t playing our game in the first (set). They came out ready to play and just destroyed us those first two games,” Yoder said. “In the fourth (set) we kind of turned it around and in the fifth we just kind of played our game.”
Next Game: 4/16 vs. Trabuco Hills, 6 p.m.
Dolphins Compete at Trabuco Hills Invitational
Several members of the Dana Hills boys and girls track and field squads had successful days at the Trabuco Hills Invitational, which was held from March 29 to March 30.
The boys relay squads had an all-around solid effort after placing seventh in the 4×100 meter relay and fourth in the 4×200 meter relay.
In the throws, senior Alex Cranford placed seventh in the discus after a toss of 162 feet 11 inches.
Senior Elliot Sutherland-Dunning cracked into the top-10 of the high jump by clearing the 6-foot-1-inch mark, good enough for a ninth-place finish.
The girls team had a strong day in the distance races behind two fifth-place finishes. Junior Sara Madden took home fifth-place in the 1600-meter with a time of 5:26.19. Sophomore Camille Fodor also placed fifth in the 3200-meter (11:45.38).
Junior Michaela King and senior Brenna Barker finished fifth and tenth, respectively, in the 100 meter hurdles. King also went on to place second in the 300-meter hurdles (44.99).
Barker continued her jumping success in 2013 with a first place finish in the triple jump, posting a distance of 37-feet-10 ¾-inches, and grabbing a pair of third place finishes in both the high jump (5-feet) and long jump (17 feet 7 ¾ inches).
The girls team also had strong showings in the relay races, with their squads finishing fifth in the 4×100 and second in the 4×200 relay events.
Next Meet: 4/5-6 at Arcadia Invitational, TBA
Dolphins Softball Scores Early to Claim 2-1 Win Over Tritons
Junior pitcher Olivia Baltazar went the distance against rival San Clemente on April 2, pitching a complete game en route to a 2-1 Dolphins win.
Baltazar (2-0) helped lift the Dolphins (5-10, 1-1) by scattering six Tritons hits over seven innings, while striking out six and walking only one batter.
Dana Hills scored two early runs in the second inning off San Clemente’s ace Lauren Gonzales-Willis, who lasted only four innings before exiting the game. Pitching with the two-run cushion, Baltazar did not allow a San Clemente run until the top of the sixth inning.
The win snapped an eight-game losing skid for the Dolphins and pulled them to .500 in South Coast League play.
Next Game: 4/16 at El Toro, 4:30 p.m.
Dana Hills Boys Lacrosse Eyes Third Straight League Win
The last time the Dana Hills boys lacrosse team played South Coast League opponent San Juan Hills, the Dolphins walked away with a convincing 12-2 victory. After that win, the Dolphins (5-4, 2-0) lost two out of their next three. The Dolphins and Stallions were set to compete on April 4. Results were not available at press time.
Next Game: 4/5 vs. Amador Valley, 5 p.m.
Baseball Bounces Back with Tourney Wins
The Dolphins baseball team went 4-1 overall in the Anaheim Lions Tournament from March 30 to April 3, defeating West Covina, Serra, Bishop Manogue and Woodrow Wilson.
Next Game: 4/8 at Aliso Niguel, Noon