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2013 PCAC Champions - State Finalists



2013 All-State Tournament Team

MVP – Matt Hilling, Golden West College
Jorge Cabrera, Grossmont College
Garrett Adelman, Grossmont College

Luke Pope, Golden West College
Phil Lopez, Golden West College
Greg Utupo, Long Beach City College
Evan Bender, Los Angeles Pierce College


Griffins will play Golden West for State Title

Volleyball State Championship
Saturday April 20, 7:00 pm
Long Beach City College
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(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 advance.

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 2013.

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.


FINAL STATS

Griffins capture at least a share of PCAC Championship, advance to State Semifinals

Volleyball State Playoffs
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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 4-3.

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 title.

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 ball control.

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.”
 

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