Varsity volleyball drops third straight contest in a 2-3 loss to Milken

The SCCS varsity volleyball lost a see-saw battle on the road against rival Milken Tuesday.

Behind a strong start from outside hitter Kylie Brown, The Cardinals (1-3) won Game 1 in convincing fashion, 25-14. SCCS lost the momentum in Game 2, however, losing 13-25. The Cardinals bounced back to win Game 3, 25-22, but dropped the fourth game, 19-25.

The decisive Game 5 was tight, but the Cardinals came up just short in an 11-15 loss.

JV Score

Milken def. SCCS 25-14, 25-17

Varsity football final score alert: Cardinals 49, Stars 48

Cardinals’ Caleb Peavy blocks a point-after attempt with 3:25 remaining to preserve the victory over Mary Star of the Sea (San Pedro) Saturday night at Harry Welch Stadium.

Cardinal quarterback Jonathan Saavedra completes 31-of-49 passes for 434 yards and seven touchdowns. Wide receiver Cameron Lewis grabs 16 passes for 239 yards and five touchdowns.

Jacob Moss catches nine passes for 141 yards.

Read the game story in The Signal here.

Cardinal volleyball storms out of the gate

Spike TownThe SCCS varsity volleyball team launched its 2014 season with an emphatic 3-1 win over Vasquez High (Acton) Thursday. In front of a raucous crowd inside the Cardinal gymnasium, the Cardinals captured the first two games on their way to a 25-20, 25-18, 21-25, 25-19 victory.

Junior outside hitter Kylie Brown, the 2013 Heritage League Player of the Year, led the Cardinals (1-0) with 17 kills while adding seven digs. Fellow junior Jessi McCarty made her varsity debut count, collecting seven kills to help pace the SCCS attack. Senior Abigail Walker patrolled the net all match, finishing with a team-high five blocks.

Tiffany Shroyer shrugged off sickness to notch a team-high 10 digs. The senior rolled her ankle in the third game, but stayed on the floor and provided a stable service-return presence for the duration.

The Cardinals looked every bit like the defending league champions early on, despite struggling somewhat with their service game. SCCS overcame 10 missed serves in the opening two games to seize a 2-0 lead.

The team appeared headed for a sweep when it took a 13-9 lead in Game 3, but following a timeout, the Mustangs rallied to grab a 15-13 advantage. The teams battled back and forth to a 21-21 tie before Vasquez pulled away.

SCCS had to come from behind in Game 4. The team trailed 8-11 before catching Vasquez at 13-13 on its way to the win.

Beth Hovey helped anchor the team with a solid service game all match. The senior hit 11 serves in, including three aces. Gracie Gwinn also served well, hitting 10 serves in and collecting four aces.

 JV Notes – Comeback falls just short for Lady Cardinals

The Cardinals’ junior varsity squad lost its season-opening match to Vasquez, 2-0 on Thursday, but the girls learned something about themselves in the process. They learned they are capable of mounting a comeback.

After falling 17-25 to the Mustangs in Game 1 and trailing 15-24 in Game 2, SCCS fought its way back into contention. The team eliminated the first-game mistakes of missed serves and rotation violations and slowly, methodically closed the gap.

At 19-24, Vasquez called its first timeout of the match. At 23-24, it was forced to call another before closing out the game (and the match) at 23-25.

Saavedra’s record-breaking day carries SCCS to season-opening win

Cardinal quarterback Jonathan Saavedra etched his name into the SCCS record book Saturday … two times.

Saavedra connected on 25-of-38 passes for a school-record 527 yards and another school record of seven touchdown passes to lead SCCS to a 68-20 win over Lutheran High of San Diego Saturday.

Saavedra also ran for a pair of touchdowns.

Cameron Lewis had nine catches for 194 yards and four touchdowns, while teammates Jacob Moss (seven catches for 109 yards), Michael Uribe (two catches for 107 yards and two TDs) and JonLuke Wilson (five catches for 99 yards and a TD) added to the Cardinal attack.

Brody DeRevere led SCCS (1-0) with 71 yards rushing on seven carries. D.J. King ran for 27 yards and Saavedra rushed for 28. Moss added a 3-yard scoring run.

On defense, Tyler Kalinske collected a pair of interceptions and Caleb Peavy added one.