By Steve Breazeale
All season long Saddleback Valley Christian boys volleyball head coach Ryan Van Rensselaer expressed that he thought his team was talented enough and had a deep enough roster to make a run at a CIF-SS Division 5 title.
On May 18 the Warriors made good on their coach’s hunch, delivering the program’s first Southern Section Championship trophy by defeating La Quinta in five sets, 18-25, 25-12, 16-25, 25-18, 15-7 at Santiago Canyon College.
The win capped off an impressive playoff run for the Warriors (23-6), as the team failed to drop a set in four games until the championship match.
However, the win did come at a price for the Warriors as their standout freshman setter Noah Dyer suffered a foot injury mid-way through the final match. Dyer had to exit the game and watch from the bench as his team rallied from a 2-1 set deficit to claim the title.
Marcus Molina and Brenden Vogt led the Warriors with 12 kills each. Senior captain Nick Worrell contributed nine kills.
The injury could prove to be a wrench in the proverbial plan for the Warriors as they prepare to make a run through the CIF Southern California Regional Championships on May 21. Saddleback Valley Christian will host Bishop’s at St. Magraret’s Episcopal School in San Juan Capistrano at 7 p.m.
In an email Van Rensselaer said that Dyer’s ankle was the cause for concern and that x-rays taken over the weekend showed no signs of a fracture. Dyer has been diagnosed with a sprain.
“It will be likely that he will not play tomorrow night,” Van Rensselaer said via email.
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