Elevenrnof 18 Catholic school teams that began the CIF-Southern Section boys’rnvolleyball playoffs are still in the title hunt, following first-round actionrnon May 8.
Thatrnincludes all five Catholic teams in Division 1, with four of the five scoringrn3-0 sweeps. The one exception was No. 2 seed Loyola, which prevailed 3-1.
Divisionrn4 co-favorites St. Anthony and La Salle each posted 3-0 wins, as did surgingrnBishop Montgomery in Division 2. Local Catholic schools remain in contentionrnfor four of the five divisional titles.
Secondrnround play is May 10, followed by quarterfinals May 12, semifinals May 16 andrnfinals May 19, and then the SoCal Regionals May 22 through 26. A breakdown ofrnfirst-round results and second-round matchups:
Division 1: Loyola d. San Marcos 3-1; Mater Dei d.rnPalos Verdes 3-0; Servite d. El Segundo 3-0; Alemany d. Oak Park 3-0; SantarnMargarita d. Trabuco Hills 3-0.
Secondrnround: Loyola (22-1) vs. Burroughs/Burbank (19-8); Servite (17-12) vs. NewportrnHarbor (29-0); Alemany (22-2) vs. Santa Barbara (22-7); Santa Margarita (17-7)rnvs. South Torrance (34-1); Mater Dei (22-4) vs. Tesoro (22-5).
Division 2: Bishop Montgomery d. Crescenta Valleyrn3-0; Valencia d. Bishop Diego 3-0; St. Francis d. San Gabriel 3-2.
Secondrnround: Bishop Montgomery (20-9) vs. San Juan Hills (18-12); St. Francis (19-13)rnvs. Quartz Hill (21-3).
Division 3: Damien d. Cerritos 3-2; Bolsa Grande d.rnParaclete 3-1.
Secondrnround: Damien (26-8) vs. Paloma Valley (24-6)
Division 4: St. Anthony d. Sage Hill 3-0; La Sallernd. Rio Hondo 3-0; Providence/Burbank d. Highland 3-0; Santa Fe d. St. Monicarn3-0; Loara d. St. Genevieve 3-0; San Marino d. Bishop Amat 3-1.
Secondrnround: St. Anthony (23-4) vs. Murrieta Valley (15-10); La Salle (21-6) vs.rnLaguna Blanca (13-7); Providence/Burbank (13-2) vs. Santa Ana Valley (14-7).
Division 5: Rancho Christian d. St. Bernard 3-0;rnElsinore d. St. Pius X-St. Matthias 3-0.