High school sports

Argos win to advance to CIF v-ball finals

TWO ARGONAUTS go up to block a spike attempt by Redlands’ Jimmy Lee (8) in the CIF-SS Division 5 semifinals. Garden Grove won 3-1 and advances to the finals on Saturday against Diamond Ranch (Orange County Tribune photos).

By Jim Tortolano

Overcoming a stubborn Redlands High squad, the Garden Grove High boys’ volleyball team won its CIF-SS Division 5 semifinal contest Wednesday at GGHS, prevailing 3-1 to advance to the championship on Saturday against Diamond Ranch.

“I’m very excited,” said Argonaut coach Frankie Perales. “This is our second finals trip in four years.”

The Argos, ranked number one in their division, are 18-9 overall. The DRHS Panthers are 21-9.

“We match up very well,” said Perales. “We’ve played some of the same teams. They’ve been losses, but our losses are closer than their losses.”

Redlands matched up pretty well on Wednesday night. Grove won the first game 25-20 and the second by the same margin, but the Terriers dug in in the third and kept the contest alive with a 25-20 win.

“I think we played great and Redlands played great,” said Perales. The visitors played well enough in the fourth game to jump out to a 6-1 lead. The Terriers led for most of the game, but were caught by the Argos at 18-18. It was back and forth until the very end. A key play was a powerful smash spike by Grove’s 6-foot, 4-inch hitter Peselao Gauta which pushed the visitors to the edge at 24-20. 

Redlands rallied to claw within one at 24-23, but the Argos got the winner at 25-23 and now go on – they hope – into history in three more days.

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