Alemany girls volleyball captures second straight CIF title over Oaks Christian – Daily News

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WESTLAKE VILLAGE — Same team, same gym, same results. For the second straight year, Alemany volleyball beat Oaks Christian for a CIF Southern Section title in four sets.

It’s almost becoming business as usual for the Warriors, who now are looking beyond the CIF-SS Division 5 championship, which they won 19-25, 25-12, 25-23, 25-13 Saturday night at Oaks Christian High.

They’re eyeing a state title; something that’s never been achieved in program history.

“We want to take it to the next level,” Alemany coach Morgan Wijay said. “We think this is a great opportunity this season to capitalize on state.” Alemany’s crowd talked the talk and the team backed it up in a boisterous Oaks Christian gym.

A bus full of students even had a themed student section camouflage, since Alemany was hunting Lions, so to speak.

Signs for nearly every player on both the Alemany and Oaks Christian sides dotted the crowd, giving the players something to feed off of.

“If I could have this atmosphere every single day, I would,” Havyn Rolle, who had 13 kills for Alemany, said. “It pushes me to my max and allows me to do what I do.”

Oaks Christian (28-4) won the first set, getting an early jump with an opening rotation that was different from what Alemany (25-6) had game planned for.

The Lions had major contributions on offense from Nicole Zake and Manaiah Ogbechie all evening, but multiple players chipped in key blocks and kills when they were needed most.

They also had to adjust to London Wijay, Alemany’s offensive leader with 20 kills and five aces, including the match-winning ace. Although her attack and back row defense, which got her 11 digs on Saturday, are her bread and butter, she was focused on blocking.

“Blocking isn’t my strong suit, but I was practicing it literally the whole week,” Wijay, who went up for 6 blocks, said. “I just want to win. Anything that requires that, I can do.”

Oaks Christian tore through Marmonte League play this season, going 10-0 without dropping a set. Although they lost Saturday’s rematch of last season’s CIF-SS Division 4 championship, the Lions’ season isn’t finished yet. Along with Alemany, they’ll move on to the CIF State playoffs.

“We’re not probably ready to talk about it yet,” Lions coach Julie Bennett said, “but we’ve gotta reflect on this one but come Tuesday, we have to be ready to flip a switch.”