Each spring for the last nine years, La Jolla High School has hosted some of the area’s top boys volleyball teams in the prestigious Beach City Invitational. The two-day tournament is set to kick off once again on March 27.
The tournament has become popular because it provides an opportunity for teams to play a lot of games in a short period of time to help prepare for their league schedules.
It also brings together some of the top talent from San Diego County and beyond, and provides a good measuring stick for teams early in the season.
Teams will compete in pool play all afternoon and evening Friday, with the winners and second-place teams from each of the eight four-team pools advancing to the gold division playoffs on Saturday. Third- and fourth-place teams will play for two consolation titles on Saturday.
Because the tournament is so large, pool play will take place at five locations on Friday - La Jolla High, The Bishop’s School, Santa Fe Christian, Scripps Ranch and Otay Ranch.
La Jolla High, the city’s only representative in the event, is seeded sixth. The Vikings will compete with teams from San Diego County and all over California, as well as schools from Arizona, Nevada and Illinois.
The Vikings are the defending champions of the Beach City Invitational, and would like nothing more than to repeat the feat this season and win the tournament they host for the second straight year.
Last season’s tournament victory spurred the Vikings on to a season in which they went 17-4 and won both the Western League title and the CIF San Diego Section Division III championship. They’re off to a 5-2 start this season.
Tournament play begins at 3:30 p.m. Friday and at 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
The schools scheduled to play include Capistrano Valley, San Marcos, Mountain View (Ariz.), Grossmont, Sierra Vista (Nev.), El Toro, Palisades, Santa Fe Christian, Beckman of Irvine, Las Vegas, San Dieguito Academy, University City, Cathedral Catholic, Silverado (Nev.), Carson (Nev.), Mater Dei of Chula Vista, Shadow Ridge (Nev.), Sahuaro (Ariz.), Ramona, Steele Canyon, La Jolla, Sanger, Valley Center, Christian of El Cajon, Bonanza (Nev.), Trabuco Hills of Mission Viejo, Canyon Crest Academy, Granite Hills of El Cajon, Brother Rice (Ill.), Centennial (Nev.), Scripps Ranch, Fallbrook, St. Augustine, Mar Vista, Eastlake, Millikan of Long Beach, Otay Ranch, Valhalla, Point Loma and Estancia of Costa Mesa.