DOWNEY - The Warren High School boys' volleyball team are the 2013 S.G.V.L. champions.The Bears finished league play with a perfect 8-0 record. Downey finished in second place at 5-3 and Gahr finished in third place, also at 5-3. Downey will get the number two league seed due to their second round victory over Gahr in league play. Playoff brackets will be released on Sunday and the Bears will know who they host in a first round playoff game at that time. Warren defeated Paramount last week in straight sets at Warren. The Bears then traveled to Gahr on Tuesday and defeated an overmatched Gahr squad, also in straight sets. Coach Simons is very pleased with how well his team has improved and gelled together this season. Senior libero and two-time league M.V.P. Brian Oh, senior opposite Chris Buzo, and senior outside hitter James Felix have all played well and continue to get better. Sophomore setter Gary Trejo has also played well for the Bears. The Bears are currently ranked fourth in the latest C.I.F. Division III volleyball poll. Coach Simons believes that this year's field is wide open and that Warren has a shot to get back to the C.I.F. title game (the Bears lost to South Torrance, now in Division II, in four sets in last year's C.I.F. Final at Cypress College). Simons continued by saying that top ranked Camarillo, second ranked South Pasadena and third ranked San Gabriel are all quality opponents that the Bears may face. Simons concluded by saying that he hopes city sports fans can make it out to Warren High School on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. in the "Cave" to watch the Bears play in their opening round C.I.F. Division III playoff game.
********** Published: May 2, 2013 - Volume 12 - Issue 03