Published on Sunday, August 29, 2010
By LA Daily News Staff Writer
Thousand Oaks continues growth at Queens Court
For a group that doesn’t include any seniors, the Thousand Oaks girls’ volleyball team continued to demonstrate it has plenty of experience Sunday at the Queens Court tournament.
The Lancers capped an impressive run in the 48-team tournament with a fifth-place finish at American Sports Center in Anaheim, the last victory coming via forfeit over Long Beach Poly.
“They matured quite a bit this weekend,” Lancers coach James Park said. “I thought we hung tough. There’s some things we still need to work on individually, but I felt like we played really well as a whole.”
Karis Schneider, Rachel Cookus and Newbury Park transfer Danae Theiler carried Thousand Oaks, which went 7-2 over the two-day schedule.
The Lancers rebounded from a 25-19, 25-21 loss to runner-up Laguna Beach to defeat Valencia 26-24, 25-14, followed by Redondo Union 25-15, 25-14 and Los Osos 25-17, 23-25, 15-9 before securing the forfeit victory over Long Beach Poly, which left early.
Thousand Oaks had recorded a 25-22, 13-25, 15-13 pool-play victory Saturday over the Jackrabbits.
“I think when you look at the two teams we lost to (Edison and Laguna Beach) over the weekend were in the final, that’s an indication of how well we did,” Park said. “We played some quality teams and I think it’s so important at this point to play against tough competition to prepare yourselves (for the regular season).”
The Wolverines were looking to atone for a loss to Long Beach Poly in the second round of last year’s Southern Section Div. I-AA playoffs, but suffered a 20-25, 28-27, 15-11 setback in the round of 16.
Harvard-Westlake finished 5-3, including a 25-17, 25-14 win Sunday over Arcadia.
West Ranch also tied for ninth place following a 25-19, 25-14 setback to Long Beach Poly. The Wildcats lost 25-23, 25-23 to Los Osos, then rebounded with an 18-25, 25-20, 15-10 win over Rosary.
Following its loss to Thousand Oaks, Valencia regrouped to defeat Murrieta Valley 25-22, before suffering a 25-21 setback to Rosary to place 14th. The Vikings did boast the lone victory over champion Edison, a 25-23, 25-23 pool-play triumph Saturday.
Saugus and La Canada tied for 19th place, both sweeping their three pool-play matches in the gold division, before losing in the 17th-place playoffs.
La Canada lost to St. Joseph of Lakewood 25-23 and Saugus suffered a 25-21 setback to Trabuco Hills.