Santa Margarita’s girls’ volleyball team celebrates its CIF state Division 1 championship Dec. 1 over James Logan HS. (Credit: Santa Margarita High School via Facebook)

After falling just short in 2016, Santa Margarita High School won the CIF state Division 1 championship in girls’ volleyball Dec. 1 at Santiago Canyon College in Orange.

Mater Dei, however, was denied its first-ever state championship, losing to powerful Archbishop Mitty of San Jose in the Open Division final on Dec. 2.

In winning its second state title and first since 1997, Santa Margarita (34-9) recorded a 25-19, 25-12, 25-13 win over James Logan of Union City (40-5). The Eagles previously had been runners-up four times in the state tournament.

That included an Open Division loss in last year’s final to Archbishop Mitty, which won its sixth straight state championship, 25-20, 25-18, 27-25, over Mater Dei (37-6, which posted its third runner-up finish in a state title match. For Mitty, the victory avenged a four-set loss to Mater Dei on Sept. 1 meeting in Santa Ana.