The first day of the Redondo Power Classic didn’t go as head coach Carlos Gray had hoped for the Palisades High girls volleyball team. The Dolphins were not at their best in pool play losses to Village Christian, Palos Verdes and especially Rio Mesa when they dropped the final two sets after taking the first 25-8.
However, the team bounced back nicely on Saturday, sweeping Burbank Burroughs and a team from Canada to advance to the championship match of the Silver Division. The Dolphins took on Thousand Oaks in the final and prevailed, 25-19, to highlight a strong showing in one of the toughest prep tournaments in Southern California.
Palisades wrapped up its seventh straight Western League title with a 25-17, 25-14, 25-12 sweep of LACES—the Dolphins’ 87th consecutive league win. They have never suffered a league defeat in Gray’s six seasons at the helm.
The City Section seeding meeting is tonight at Venice High and Palisades, which began the week ranked No. 1 in the Top 10 poll, is expected to be seeded No. 1 in the inaugural Open Division playoffs reserved for the eight best teams in the section regardless of size. Granada Hills is No. 2 and West Valley League rival Taft is No. 3.
Open Division quarterfinals are next Thursday at 7 p.m. at the higher seeds. The semifinals are Tuesday, Nov. 7 and the Open Division final is Saturday, Nov. 11 at 6 p.m. at Roybal Learning Center. Palisades, which has won more City titles than any school, lost to Granada Hills in four sets in the Division I final last season.
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