Boys volleyball set to open playoffs

DOWNEY - The Downey High School boys' volleyball team finished their regular season with an overall five set record of 14-3 and league record of 8-2.The Vikings entered the Division III playoffs as the S.G.V.L. second team behind cross-town rival Warren. Downey, the number 5 seeded team in the C.I.F. Division III playoffs, saw their season come to an end Tuesday evening with a loss to North Torrance in an opening round game at home. Downey defeated North Torrance earlier this season in a best of three match 25-23 and 25-22. Coach Rand said that "North Torrance competes in a very good league and that the Saxons are strong and gave us a tough match." Coach Rand has been very pleased with the play of senior-opposite-Juan Vasquez and believes his squad's defense has improved consistently since the beginning of the season. Rand also said that Downey's offense has been very diverse but can struggle at times and were still looking for a consistency to score. Coach Rand is looking to build off his team's successes this year and put together another competitive squad in order to make a run at a league title and hopefully a deeper run in the C.I.F. playoffs next year.

********** Published: May 10, 2012 - Volume 11 - Issue 04