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From left to right: Shawn Stephens, Grant Townsend, Lucas Yoder and Peter Van Liefde and the San Clemente boys volleyball team lost to Huntington Beach in the CIF SoCal Regional semifinals on May 23. Photo by Brian Miller
From left to right: Shawn Stephens, Grant Townsend, Lucas Yoder and Peter Van Liefde and the San Clemente boys volleyball team lost to Huntington Beach in the CIF SoCal Regional semifinals on May 23. Photo by Brian Miller

By Steve Breazeale

Playing with the lineup that brought them so much success in the past, the San Clemente boys volleyball team couldn’t match red hot Huntington Beach in the CIF Southern California Division 1 Regional Championships, as the Oilers swept the Tritons 3-0 on May 23.

Huntington Beach, the newly crowned CIF-SS Division 1 champs, won 25-20, 25-18, 26-24 and extended their winning streak to 23 games.

The return of Lucas Yoder to the Tritons lineup paid dividends in the team’s first round sweep over Granada Hills, but it was not enough to stop the high flying Oilers offense. Huntington Beach was led by TJ DeFalco’s 13 kills. Andrew Tenbrink and Brendan Sander each had 10 kills.

Yoder had a game-high 15 kills for the Tritons.

The last time the two teams met, back on March 18, San Clemente got the best of the Oilers in the OC Championship finals.

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