The Carpinteria High School boys volleyball team got an early jump on the Citrus Coast League Standings (CCL) with a 3-0 sweep of Malibu last week (March 7) at Warriors Gym. The match originally scheduled for 6 p.m., was moved up to the late afternoon as the visiting Sharks were unable to field a JV squad due to injuries. The win puts the Warriors in first place in the young season, with a 1-0 league record, and a record of 3-5 overall. The match scores for the victory were: 25-21, 25-8 and 25-18.

At first, it looked as though Carpinteria had a difficult time adjusting to the early start, travelling eight to one in the first game. Following a timeout, the Warriors took the lead and never looked back. “We were playing some good, organized volleyball,” said Warriors coach Dino Garcia. “We had a little lack of energy here and there, but for the most part, we stayed composed throughout the whole match,” explained Garcia.   

Outside hitter Liam Slade knocked down 13 kills for the afternoon. “Number seven (Liam Slade) provided ‘grade A’ communication and unstoppable kills at the net,” said Garcia of one of his standouts. Freshman Diesel Slade, another outside hitter, helped the Warriors with nine kills. “Starting libero, number one, Miguel Enriquez had solid defense in the back row and had 16 digs for the night,” explained Garcia.

Carpinteria continues CCL play when they host Nordhoff on Tuesday, March 19, with a scheduled start time of 6 p.m.

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