Abigail Hendrix had five goals and three field blocks to lead the Santa Barbara High girls water polo team to a 12-11 win over Santiago in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division 2 playoffs on Wednesday.
Juju Martinez do amaral and Sophie Johnson also had three goals apiece for the Dons, who will host Mira Costa on Saturday at Dos Pueblos and a time to be determined.
Faith Tedesco came up big in goal for Santa Barbara with 11 saves. She also had an assist. Santiago led 5-2 early in the second period before the Dons came back. Santa Barbara led 12-9 late in the fourth when Santiago got back in the game with a pair of goals.
Santiago even had a chance to tie the game with five seconds remaining with a 6-on-5 advantage, but the Dons held on.
Also in Division 2, Murrieta Valley ended Dos Pueblos’ season with an 11-9 win. No other details from that match were reported.
SBCC 3, IRVINE VALLEY 2
Keoni Thiim hammered 15 kills and hit .500 to lead the No. 5 SBCC men’s volleyball team to a 25-21, 21-25, 24-26, 25-20, 15-11 come-from-behind win over No. 7 Irvine Valley on Wednesday night in Irvine.
Calvin Sanborn had eight kills for the Vaqueros, while setter Kyle Merchen had seven kills in 11 attempts for a .545 percentage. He also dished out a season-high 37 assists. Six of the eight SBCC (2-2) players who participated had five or more kills.
VENTURA 77, SBCC 68
The Vaqueros built a 14-point third-quarter lead, only to see it slip away after the Pirates outscored them, 37-14 over the final 18 minutes.
Ventura’s bench outscored SBCC’s bench, 56-13, led by Victoria Maciel’s 16 points and 13 points from Kimora Pooler. The Pirates outscored the Vaqueros, 21-6, in the fourth quarter.
Alondra Jimenez had an outstanding game for SBCC, finishing with 26 points which included 10 of 17 shooting from the field and 4-for-8 from 3-point range. Jordan Parkhurst also added 13 points for the Vaqueros (13-7, 1-4 Western State Conference North).
SBCC finished ninth with a score of 388. Cypress won the tournament at the Soboba Springs Golf Club thanks in large part to its top three players.
Matt Wotherspoon was medalist with a 2-under par 70. Luke Bartram carded a 1-under 71 and Juan Quisaboni finished with an even-par 72 for Cypress, which shot a 367.
SBCC was led by Igor Haenel, who fired a 73 for a ninth-place finish in the individual scoring. Isaac Stone and Matt Pate carded a pair of 78s, while Preston Gomersall had a 79 for the Vaqueros.
SBCC (31-15) will host the Western State Conference No. 3 tournament on Monday at the Alisal Ranch.