Visitation Victorious!

The 2017 FIYA Girls Volleyball Championship were held Thursday at La Tijera in Inglewood. The Division 1 game saw familiar foes La Tijera and Visitation face off for the second time this season, this time with the title on the line. La Tijera hoped to atone for their sole regular season loss but the Bulldogs proved to be too much, with Visitation taking the game and with it their first FIYA championship.

In the D-1A game, St Jerome hoped to add to their collection of banners in Spartan Gymnasium but Century Community had other ideas. Both teams played with great effort and enthusiasm but in the end St Jerome came out on top, and another championship will be commemorated on the walls of their home gym. 

Congratulations to all four teams on great seasons.

 

Culver City Wins 3 Set Thriller for 2016 Division 1 Volleyball Championship

Panthers hang on to defeat an excellent Magnolia Science Academy squad

Culver City's girls volleyball program is a powerhouse.  They won the first four FIYA volleyball championships and have displayed a level of play that have inspired other schools.  Last year, Culver City's championship streak was broken.  This year they have come back stronger as they had two teams in the Final Four (Culver City Blue and Culver City White).  However, both teams faced tough challenges in the semi-finals.  Culver City Blue and Chime Charter displayed power and athleticism in a closely fought game that Culver City Blue won.  Culver City White hoped to join their sister team in the championship but it had to get past undefeated Magnolia Science Academy 8.  The Lady Wolves from Bell quickly put Culver City White as well as the spectators in the gym on notice that it was ready to play as they played virtually error free volleyball to remain undefeated and beat Culver City White in two sets.

Now the two undefeated teams would battle for the 2016 FIYA Championship.  Magnolia Science Academy 8 continued its momemtum from the semi-final match as it won the first set 25-18.  The second set was a roller coaster.  First Culver City jumped out to the lead and then MSA 8 overtook them to lead 17-12.  However, the Panthers showed their volleyball experience as they remained calm and executed key plays to finally close out the second set with a 27-25 second set win.   Culver City capitalized on their new momentum and took an early lead in the third and final set.  However, the grit and determination of MSA 8 would not go away so easily and they went on a run to tie the score at 6.  The third set was full of amazing plays, creating a lot of tension amongst the spectators because a play was never over until the ball actually hit the ground.  In the end, Culver City Blue won the third set 15-13 to set off a wild celebration in one half of the gym and tears of sorrow in the other half of the gym.  While Culver City Blue won the FIYA Championship, both teams (coaches and players) showed the heart and soul of a champion.

Wilders Prep Wins Over WISH

2016 Division 1A Volleyball Championship to The Eagles

Four very solid teams entered the final four of the Division 1A volleyball championship with aspirations of taking home the championship hardware.  In the first semi-final, a boisterous WISH crowd propelled the Owls to a victory over New West in two sets.  In the second semi-final, Wilders Prep defeated The City School in two sets as well behind a very supportive crowd as well.

Earbuds were a must as both WISH and Wilders Prep played a spirited match with several extended rallies that caused many a man, woman and child to have ringing ears and sore hands.  Both teams played hard and showed incredible athleticism and determination.  Wilders went on a hot serving streak and that carried them to a first set victory 25-22.  In the second set, Wilders continued with some great serves to jump to an early lead but WISH got refocused after a timeout and went on a run of their own to take a 21-16 lead.  The Lady Eagles did not falter but made some key hits and then their serving took over again to win the second set 25-23 for the Division 1A Championship.

Panthers Complete Perfect Season and Capture FIYA Championship

St Anastasia defeats Chime in 2015 Volleyball Finals

The FIYA Valley League in volleyball had tremendous talent and great coaching this season as they sent three teams to the FIYA Final Four in girls volleyball playoffs.  However, James Jordan, Multicultural Learning Center and Chime all witnessed St Anastasia from Westchester display incredible skill and coaching of their own as St Anastasia defeated James Jordan in the semi-finals and Chime in the final to win the FIYA Championship on Friday evening at Park Century School.  The Panthers served, passed, set and hit to almost perfection in both matches.  Chime, who advanced to the finals by defeating MLC, played hard and showed tremendous spirit but could not develop enough momemtum to overtake St Anastasia and lost in two sets.  Congratulations to all four teams for a very successful season.  Click on Sports, Volleyball and Playoffs for pictures from the Final Four.

VB Finals 2014

Four seasons of FIYA Volleyball, four championships for Culver City. The Panthers did it again on Thursday, defeating Chime from the Valley in the semifinals and Magnolia Science – 8 from Bell in the title match. Even in a season of expanded competition, Culver’s exquisite skill in all facets of the game proved too much for the competition. In the other semifinal, Magnolia Science – 8 defeated James Jordan, also of the Valley. Congratulations to all fours schools on great seasons.

VB Finals 2014

Four seasons of FIYA Volleyball, four championships for Culver City. The Panthers did it again on Thursday, defeating Chime from the Valley in the semifinals and Magnolia Science – 8 from Bell in the title match. Even in a season of expanded competition, Culver’s exquisite skill in all facets of the game proved too much for the competition. In the other semifinal, Magnolia Science – 8 defeated James Jordan, also of the Valley. Congratulations to all fours schools on great seasons.

2013 Finals - Culver City VB Three-Peat

 

Culver City Middle School - Champions

 

The FIYA Volleyball Championship was decided Friday at La Tijera Middle School in Inglewood. In the first semi-final, two time defending champion Culver City Middle School took on Pilgrim School. Staying true to their championship form, Culver held off the upset minded Patriots. In the second game, Culver City 7th Grade tried to set up an all Culver final only to be stymied in the deciding third game by Paul Revere, setting up a rematch of the first FIYA VB finals in 2011.

As they did then Revere proved a tough out. Although the match only went two games, both were taut battles with Culver never feeling comfortable. In the end though Culver remained unbeaten in three years of FIYA volleyball, capturing the title with twin 25-21 wins. Congratulations to Culver City on the championship and to all the teams for great seasons.

 

Paul Revere Middle School - Second Place