Carson High Wins Culver Volleyball Tournament
May 4, 2017
Ten local schools participated in the Culver City High Boys Volleyball Tournament on Saturday, April 29 at Del Goodyear Gymnasium. After all the spikes, digs and sets had settled Carson High clinched the Championship Game, 25-22, over North Torrance in the Gold Bracket. Beverly Hills beat Leuzinger for the Silver Championship.
Besides the Culver City varsity team, Lawndale, Hawthorne, St. Paul, Brentwood and the Culver City High junior varsity also competed in the day-long format. Culver City varsity won its pool with a record of 7‐1. They advanced to the semi‐finals of the gold division where they lost to Tournament winner Carson High, 25-12.
"Culver city varsity was without their starting setter Beck Garcia. Ethan Small who has been taking up the slack for Beck was also missing with a 101 fever," stated Culver head coach Joe Manzo.
"Jack (Jimmy) Bishop was forced to set in a tournament when he has never set in a live match before. Jimmy did an amazing job helping Varsity with their pool play victories. However, against Carson the varsity just couldn't put the pieces together and lost pretty badly."
The Culver High J.V. team finished with a record of 1‐7 in their pool play. They played competitively against all teams in their pool and won one game against Silver Champion Beverly Hills.
Manzo: "The J.V. went into the Silver bracket and had to play Leuzinger in the semi‐finals. They forced Leuzinger to three games and eventually lost the last game 13‐15. Overall both teams did extremely well considering the circumstances."
Tournament Most Valuable Player - Carson - Tristan Gomez - 12thgrade.
All Tournament team: Beverly Hills – Jason Schwartz ‐ 12th grade; Lawndale ‐ Anthony Sanchez ‐ 12th; Hawthorne – Ryhan Jotie – 12th; North – Kyle Cuaresma ‐12th; St. Paul – Sean Lantz –12th; North ‐ Jason Kiyohana ‐12th;
Leuzinger – Shane Callahan ‐ 12th; Carson ‐ Juan Delatorre ‐11th; Brentwood – Zach Hausner – 9th; Carson ‐ Rene Bulatoao ‐12th; Culver City Varsity ‐ Wyatt Zasadil ‐ 12th and Culver City J.V. ‐ Leo Alberts ‐10th grade.