Playoffs on horizon for volleyball, water polo, field hockey teams
After defeating the Academy of Our Lady of Peace Pilots 3-2 on the road Nov. 4, the La Jolla Vikings fell to the Cathedral Catholic Dons at home on Nov. 6 by a score of 3-0 in their final regular season match, ending their home winning streak as they prepare for the CIF San Diego Section playoffs. Seeded No. 5 in the Open Division bracket, La Jolla (19-10, 7-3) is set to square off against San Dieguito Academy in the opening quarterfinals playoff match at 5 p.m. Nov. 13 at San Dieguito Academy. The Vikings would have to get past that match, and then would need to defeat in the semifinals — scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 17 — the winner of the other quarterfinals match between Torrey Pines and Francis Parker, to advance to the section’s Open Division finals. Should the Vikings advance to the semifinals, the Nov. 17 match would be held at La Jolla High School if they play Francis Parker, or at Torrey Pines if they face the Falcons. The finals are scheduled for 6:15 p.m. Nov. 21, on Cathedral Catholic High School’s courts.
La Jolla High School’s boys water polo team fell to the Vista Panthers Nov. 5, then defeated the Carlsbad Lancers 14-13 at home on Nov. 6 to conclude their regular season play with an overall record of 11-15 and a City Western League record of 0-6. Ranked No. 10 in the CIF San Diego Section’s Division 1 power rankings, La Jolla missed the eight-team cutoff for Open Division qualification but earned a No. 2 seed in the Division 1 bracket. The Vikings will enjoy a bye in the opening playoff round, and will in the Nov. 14 quarterfinals face the winner of the first-round game between Canyon Crest Academy and Serra High School. Looking ahead, the Division 1 semifinals are scheduled for Nov. 18, while the finals are slated to begin at 4:45 p.m. Nov. 21 at La Jolla High School’s Coggan Pool.
A pair of victories in the final two regular season games for the La Jolla High School field hockey team, on Nov. 6 against the Mission Bay Buccaneers and Nov. 9 against the Madison Warhawks, led the Vikings to final regular season records of 11-10-1 overall and 3-2 in the City Western League. Ranked No. 15 in the most recent CIF San Diego Section’s Division 1 power rankings, La Jolla would, as of Nov. 10, not qualify for the top-eight Open Division tournament, but would be a No. 7 seed in the Division 1 playoff bracket. That would set the Vikings up for a Nov. 14 first-round playoff game at home against the No. 10 seed, which as of Nov. 10 was University City. A start time for the game had not been announced as of press time. Should the Vikings succeed in that first round, they would then have to win in the Nov. 17 quarterfinals and the Nov. 19 semifinals to advance to the Division 1 finals, scheduled for 1 p.m. Nov. 21 at on the San Diego Academy field.