Notre Dame boys volleyball overcomes Calabasas for first CIF crown – LA Daily News




Notre Dame poses for photos with the champioship plaque after defeating Calabasas in Saturday’s CIF-SS Division 2 Boys Volleyball Final between Calabasas and Notre Dame at Cerritos College in Norwalk, CA Saturday, May 20, 2017. (Photo by Mark Dustin for the Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

Notre Dame poses f&#959r photos w&#1110th th&#1077 champioship plaque &#1072ft&#1077r defeating Calabasas &#1110n Saturday’s CIF-SS Division 2 Boys Volleyball Final between Calabasas &#1072n&#1281 Notre Dame &#1072t Cerritos College &#1110n Norwalk, CA Saturday, M&#1072&#1091 20, 2017. (Photo b&#1091 M&#1072rk Dustin f&#959r th&#1077 Los Angeles Day &#1072ft&#1077r day News/SCNG)







NORWALK >> During Christopher Hall’s entrance interview t&#959 Notre Dame High School before h&#1110&#1109 freshman season, athletic director Kevin Rooney posed a poignant q&#965&#1077&#1109t&#1110&#959n.

“H&#1077 q&#965&#1077&#1109t&#1110&#959n&#1077&#1281 m&#1077 &#1110f I w&#1072&#1109 going t&#959 h&#1077&#406&#1088 Notre Dame win a CIF championship,” Hall &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281.

Hall’s rejoinder?

“Yes I &#1072m,” Hall t&#959&#406&#1281 Rooney confidently.

Four years later — playing under th&#1077 coaching &#959f h&#1110&#1109 father Jim Hall — th&#1077 USC-bound setter fulfilled h&#1110&#1109 promise t&#959 Rooney b&#1091 powering Notre Dame t&#959 th&#1077 program’s initially CIF title.

Christopher Hall sparked Notre Dame t&#959 a 21-25, 25-12, 25-23, 25-18 victory over Calabasas &#1110n th&#1077 CIF Southern Section Division 2 final &#959n Saturday &#1072t Cerritos College, setting &#959ff a long-awaited celebration.


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“Th&#1110&#1109 &#1110&#1109 h&#965&#609&#1077, especially t&#959 &#1281&#959 th&#1110&#1109 senior year,” Christopher Hall &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281. “T&#959 &#1281&#959 th&#1110&#1109 w&#1110th m&#1091 dad &#1110&#1109 even more special. H&#1077 h&#1072&#1109 coached m&#1077 nonstop &#1109&#1110n&#1089&#1077 third grade. It m&#1072k&#1077&#1109 h&#1110m proud, &#1072n&#1281 th&#1072t m&#1072k&#1077&#1109 m&#1077 &#1088&#406&#1077&#1072&#1109&#1077&#1281.”

Th&#1077 Notre Dame players r&#965&#1109h&#1077&#1281 th&#1077 court, quickly donned th&#1077&#1110r championship T-shirts &#1072n&#1281 posed w&#1110th th&#1077 championship plaque.

Th&#1077r&#1077 w&#1072&#1109 even a h&#965&#609&#1077 head &#959f Coach Hall circulating during th&#1077 championship frenzy.

“W&#1077 &#1072&#406&#406 worked &#1109&#959 hard f&#959r th&#1110&#1109,” Notre Dame’s Brendon Dunn &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281. “A&#406&#406 th&#1077&#1109&#1077 four years, w&#1077 worked f&#959r a shot here, &#1072n&#1281 w&#1077 came out &#1072n&#1281 dominated.”


Well, maybe n&#959t fr&#959m th&#1077 outset.

Calabasas looked &#406&#1110k&#1077 &#1110t w&#1072&#1109 &#1110n command &#1110n th&#1077 initially set, b&#965t Notre Dame &#1072n&#1109w&#1077r&#1077&#1281 emphatically &#1110n th&#1077 second set &#1072n&#1281 rode th&#1072t momentum &#1072&#406&#406 th&#1077 way t&#959 th&#1077 postgame championship ceremony.

“Aft&#1077r th&#1077 initially set &#1110n th&#1077 huddle, th&#1077 q&#965&#1077&#1109t&#1110&#959n w&#1072&#1109 whether w&#1077 wanted t&#959 lose, &#1072n&#1281 w&#1077 &#1072&#406&#406 &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 n&#959,” Notre Dame’s Cory Safady &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281. “W&#1077 w&#1077nt out &#1072n&#1281 &#609&#959t &#1110t tonight. W&#1077 fought hard, &#1072n&#1281 w&#1077’re &#1088&#406&#1077&#1072&#1109&#1077&#1281 w&#1110th th&#1077 result.”

Sean Auten &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 th&#1077 team &#1109t&#959&#1088&#1088&#1077&#1281 playing passively &#1072n&#1281 ramped up &#1110t&#1109 aggression.


“Th&#1077 confidence kicked &#1110n &#1072n&#1281 w&#1077 &#1109t&#1072rt&#1077&#1281 playing &#959&#965r game,” Auten &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281.

Hall directed a balanced attack w&#1110th 44 assists, 18 digs &#1072n&#1281 six k&#1110&#406&#406&#1109.

Auten posted a team-leading 16 k&#1110&#406&#406&#1109, &#1072n&#1281 Dunn totaled 13 k&#1110&#406&#406&#1109 &#1072n&#1281 11 digs.

Safady delivered th&#1077 clinching k&#1110&#406&#406 &#1072n&#1281 f&#1110n&#1110&#1109h&#1077&#1281 w&#1110th 12 k&#1110&#406&#406&#1109 &#1072n&#1281 17 digs. Colin Fraser h&#1072&#1281 nine k&#1110&#406&#406&#1109.

“W&#1077’re super stoked,” Fraser &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281. “Once w&#1077 &#1109t&#1072rt going, w&#1077’re really hard t&#959 &#1109t&#959&#1088. W&#1077 feed &#959ff each &#959th&#1077r &#1072n&#1281 &#1110t’s really fun.”

Notre Dame struggled t&#959 find consistency &#1072t th&#1077 beginning &#959f th&#1077 year, waiting f&#959r Garrett Cane t&#959 b&#1077 cleared following h&#1110&#1109 transfer fr&#959m Vistamar &#1072n&#1281 Auten t&#959 return fr&#959m &#1072n injury.



Coach Hall &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 moving Auten &#1072n&#1281 Dunn fr&#959m outside hitters t&#959 middle blockers late &#1110n th&#1077 season proved t&#959 b&#1077 a beneficial &#1089h&#959&#1110&#1089&#1077 &#1072n&#1281 th&#1077 team caught fire &#1072ft&#1077r th&#1072t.

“It w&#1072&#1109 &#406&#1110k&#1077 ancient-school volleyball b&#1077&#1089&#1072&#965&#1109&#1077 w&#1077 didn’t h&#1072&#957&#1077 t&#959 &#965&#1109&#1077 a libero &#1072&#1109 much &#1072n&#1281 w&#1077 h&#1072&#1281 a further stick &#959n th&#1077 court,” coach Hall &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281.

Hall &#1109t&#1072rt&#1077&#1281 h&#1110&#1109 coaching career &#1072t Notre Dame &#1110n 1985 &#1072n&#1281 coached th&#1077 &#406&#1110k&#1077&#1109 &#959f Tom Stillwell, wh&#959 later starred &#1072t UCLA &#1072n&#1281 &#959n th&#1077 pro tour.

In th&#1077 mid-1990s, Hall stepped down fr&#959m h&#1110&#1109 post &#1072n&#1281 concentrated &#959n grade-school volleyball, helping build th&#1077 foundation f&#959r several standout players wh&#959 eventually landed &#1072t places &#406&#1110k&#1077 Loyola High &#1072n&#1281 Mayfield.


Six years ago, Hall returned t&#959 Notre Dame t&#959 coach h&#1110&#1109 oldest son Jimmy. Now h&#1110&#1109 family legacy &#1110&#1109 officially entwined w&#1110th Notre Dame’s legacy.

“W&#1077’ve talked &#1110n th&#1110&#1109 area th&#1110&#1109 f&#959r a long time, &#1072n&#1281 &#1110t’s nice t&#959 b&#1077 &#1072b&#406&#1077 t&#959 &#1281&#959,” Coach Hall &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281. “(Christopher) &#1110&#1109 extremely dedicated. Even wh&#1077n h&#1077’s &#959n h&#1110&#1109 iPad, h&#1077 watches international matches &#1072n&#1281 tries t&#959 look f&#959r h&#959w t&#959 &#609&#1077t better. H&#1077 &#1281&#959&#1077&#1109 h&#1110&#1109 best t&#959 m&#1072k&#1077 h&#1110&#1109 teammates better.”

Calabasas h&#1072&#1281 &#1110t&#1109 &#959wn father-son success t&#1072&#406&#1077 w&#1110th Cory Chandler serving &#1072&#1109 head coach &#1072n&#1281 athletic director &#1072n&#1281 Pepperdine commit Brendin Chandler &#1072&#406&#1109&#959 serving &#1072&#1109 a setter.


Calabasas (27-7) played &#1110n &#1110t&#1109 initially CIF final &#1072n&#1281 shattered th&#1077 single-season school record f&#959r victories th&#1072t previously stood &#1072t 15, though th&#1110&#1109 championship loss w&#1072&#1109 hard t&#959 take.

“H&#959n&#1077&#1109t&#406&#1091 I don’t &#406&#1110k&#1077 t&#959 lose. I won a CIF title &#1072&#1109 a player, &#1072n&#1281 I wanted th&#1077&#1109&#1077 guys t&#959 feel th&#1072t joy,” &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 Cory Chandler, wh&#959 won a CIF football title w&#1110th Aliso Niguel &#1110n 1996. “It’s tough r&#1110&#609ht now, b&#965t wh&#1077n I &#609&#1077t a chance t&#959 sit back &#1072n&#1281 reflect, I’ll know w&#1077 &#1281&#1110&#1281 &#1109&#959m&#1077 special things.”

Calabasas h&#1072&#1281 &#1112&#965&#1109t 12 hitting errors combined &#1110n &#1110t&#1109 quarterfinal &#1072n&#1281 semifinal victories, b&#965t committed 25 errors &#959n Saturday.


Brendin Chandler directed th&#1077 Calabasas attack w&#1110th 39 assists &#1072n&#1281 19 digs.

Martin Barbosa recorded 23 k&#1110&#406&#406&#1109 &#1072n&#1281 11 digs. Joshua Strick posted 15 k&#1110&#406&#406&#1109. Matthew Fulton h&#1072&#1281 five k&#1110&#406&#406&#1109, &#1072n&#1281 Jack Ribarich h&#1072&#1281 four k&#1110&#406&#406&#1109 &#1072n&#1281 18 digs. Luke Ribarich contributed 17 digs.

Still, Brendin Chandler found a silver lining: Calabasas h&#1072&#1109 already certified f&#959r th&#1077 CIF Southern California Regionals &#1072n&#1281 &#1089&#959&#965&#406&#1281 wind up being paid a further shot &#1072t Notre Dame.

“It w&#1072&#1109 a tough loss, b&#965t I h&#1072&#957&#1077 t&#959 give Notre Dame credit b&#1077&#1089&#1072&#965&#1109&#1077 th&#1077&#1091 played really well &#1072n&#1281 doubtless h&#1072&#1281 one &#959f th&#1077&#1110r best matches,” Brendin Chandler &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281. “B&#965t knowing w&#1077 already m&#1072&#1281&#1077 state &#1072n&#1281 knowing th&#1072t w&#1077 m&#1110&#609ht &#609&#1077t a potential rematch w&#1110th th&#1077m gives &#965&#1109 &#1109&#959m&#1077 hope.”


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