(4/18) Long Beach - Grossmont defeated Long Beach City College
on their home court Thursday night, 3-1 to advance to Saturday's
State Championship match.
The short bus ride didn't bother the Griffins at all as they
jumped out early playing inspired ball in enemy territory racing
to a convincing 25-19 first-set win.
Long Beach quickly rallied behind their home crowd and drew even
with a 25-23 second set victory.
But the Griffins, under the cool, composed courtside leadership
of Head Coach Travis Lee marched on to consecutive set wins to
Lee, in just his second season, was the 2012 PCAC Coach of the
Year, and has to be considered a shoe-in for the honor again in
The Griffins, winners of 8-straight, used the tested formula of
swarming defense, limited errors, and the big guns of Jorge
Cabrera, Davis Anderson and Chet Radish.
Cabrera paced the Griffins with 23 kills.
Setter Garrett Adelman rang up 45 assists along with 6 digs and
two key kills down the stretch.
Radish had 12 kills, 8 digs, and Anderson also had 12 kills with
his 5 digs.
The Griffins and Golden West finished tied atop the PCAC
standings, with the Griffins taking the #1 seed on a tiebreaker.
Golden West punched their ticket into the final with a 3-1
victory over LA Pierce Thursday preceding the Grossmont match.
Grossmont and Golden West split the season series with each team
winning on their home floor.
Golden West beat the Griffins at home on March 13, 3-1, and the
Griffins defeated the Rustlers at home 3-0 on April 5th.
The Griffins haven't lost since March 15th.
Griffins capture at least a share of PCAC Championship,
advance to State Semifinals
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(4/11/13) The playoff picture for three Western State Conference
teams became clear on Wednesday night while a night of thrilling
matches in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference will lead to
even more drama on Friday.
In the PCAC, Grossmont College handled Orange Coast College 3-1
at home while Irvine Valley College pulled off a crucial
five-set win at Golden West College on Wednesday.
Thanks to the loss by Golden West, Grossmont takes the PCAC's
top seed regardless of GWC's outcome at San Diego Mesa College
on Friday. Should both Grossmont and Golden West end the regular
season tied atop the conference standings, the second criteria
of tie-breaking would come into effect. The Griffins and
Rustlers split their two conference matches this season, but
Grossmont would get the edge with a head-to-head set record at
Irvine Valley's win combined with Orange Coast's loss brings up
a huge match between the two squads at IVC on Friday. The winner
will advance to the playoffs as the PCAC's No. 3 seed while the
loser will have to wait until 2014 for another shot at a state
Los Angeles Pierce College and Long Beach City College both
earned a share of the WSC championship with their wins on
Wednesday. Pierce swept El Camino College at home while Long
Beach beat Santa Barbara City College 3-1 on the road to both
finish with 8-2 conference records.
Pierce earned the WSC's No. 1 seed for next week's California
Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) State
Championships thanks to a pair of head-to-head wins over Long
Beach. State tournament host LBCC takes the No. 2 spot while El
Camino closed out the regular season with a 7-3 conference mark
to capture the third spot.
Pierce (WSC #1, 11-6) and Grossmont (PCAC #1, 12-6) both get a
first-round playoff bye and automatically advance to the State
Championship semifinals next Thursday (Apr 18) in Long Beach.
On Tuesday (Apr 16), Long Beach (WSC #2, 14-3) will host either
Orange Coast or Irvine Valley while Golden West (PCAC #2) will
host El Camino (WSC #3, 10-7) in State Championship quarterfinal
matches with the winners advancing to the semifinals.
Griffin Men’s Volleyball
2013 Season Outlook
The 2013 men’s team will be a predominantly a freshman squad, as
only two players, opposite Adam Fleck and middle, Jorge Cabrera,
return. These two players had key roles in the Griffins success
last season. Jorge and Adam feel that the freshman class has
what it takes to be a factor again this season.
Grossmont is coming off two banner campaigns. Being state runner
up and a third place finish last season. The Griffin really
strive to be the first San Diego team to win a state
championship. With that in their mind, they are setting high
goals this season. Grossmont feels that they have the talent.
The completion is never easy though, in an early scrimmage the
usual powerhouse teams appeared to be strong and have depth
(Irvine Valley, Golden West, and Orange Coast).
The outside hitters are led by Chet Raddish, a freshman division
one prospect from Mountain View, Davis Anderson, freshman from
Latvia, Rene Gonzales, from Bonita Vista, and Justin Wood, from
Valhalla. Chet, Davis, and Rene bring a lot of experience and
In the middle the Griffins will have four to five middles
including returning first team in 2011, Jorge Cabrera (Hoover
High) and second team 2012, Adam Fleck. These two have had
experience in the position and can be moved anywhere else on the
court. Freshman, Frank Herrera, (Otay Ranch) plays a lot like
our returner Jorge. They are the same size with deceptive side
out abilities and are strong blockers. Following them are two
newer players, 6’2 David Guillen (Grossmont High) and 6’6 Sabet
Abiel (Hoover High) who will join the team when the basketball
season is through.
Jorge, Adam, and Frank are fighting for the right side position.
They all provide strong blocks and a powerful offense.
Alec Tollgaard (Grossmont High) and Garrett Adelman (Ramon High)
will be competing for a starting spot at Libero. This is a new
position for both, but both have extremely good ball control and
are relentless at defense.
At the setting position, the coach Lee feels Jon Ferrari
(Buchanan High) and Garrett Adelman have the potential. They
have good leadership qualities and are extreme competitors. Jon
has won a high school state championship in 2011 and Garrett has
experience playing for a high level club team.
In Featherstone’s words (Grossmont Head Coach 1981 – 2011):
“When the talent is there. The big questions are: How will they
handle adversity; who will emerge as team leaders; how much do
they collectively want to sacrifice—mentally and physically—to
compete against all their opponents.”