By Steve Breazeale
For scores, in-game updates news and more for all of the San Clemente High School fall sports programs, follow us on Twitter @SouthOCsports.
Girls Golf Sweeps Dolphins
In a decisive South Coast League two-match set, the San Clemente girls golf team swept rival Dana Hills last week.
The Tritons (4-2, 2-0 league) first toppled the Dolphins on their home course at El Niguel Country Club on Sept. 23. San Clemente senior Alex Cooper led the way with a 36 (E) on the front nine to earn medalist honors.
The second match of the series, at Bella Collina Towne & Golf Club on Sept. 25, was closely contested. Cooper carded another 36 (E) to earn co-medalist honors in a narrow 211-214 San Clemente victory. The Dolphins Tori Hummel also shot a 36.
San Clemente had a busy week and played host to the Rainbow Sandals-Lady Triton Invitational at the San Clemente Municipal Golf Course on Sept. 26. Torrey Pines won the event while the Tritons finished eighth overall.
On Sept. 29, San Clemente finished fourth out of 24 teams at the Long Beach Wilson Invitational.
Girls Volleyball Heads For League Play
Consecutive match wins over nonleague opponents last week helped even the San Clemente girls volleyball team’s overall record just in time for South Coast League competition.
The Tritons (4-4) played two road games last week and came away with two victories.
The first matchup was against Huntington Beach on Sept. 23. The Tritons were led by junior outside hitter Cali Hoye’s 26 kills in a three-set sweep of the Oilers.
In a 3-1 victory over El Toro on Sept. 25, Hoye posted a season-high 28 kills and 11 digs. Junior setter Marie Parris contributed 13 assists.
The wins capped off a difficult nonleague schedule for the Tritons, who will open league play with a match against San Juan Hills (6-7) on Oct. 2.
Boys Water Polo Competes in South Coast Tourney
The San Clemente boys water polo team went 1-2 on the weekend competing in the South Coast Tournament at Santa Margarita High School from Sept. 26-27.
At the event, San Clemente played three teams ranked inside the top-10 of their respective CIF-SS divisions.
The Tritons (5-5, 1-0) started the tournament off with a 12-11 overtime win over Agoura on Sept. 26. Chase Hamming had 10 goals in the victory over the No. 7 ranked team in CIF-SS Division 1. Colton Hamming had five assists and goalie Adam Sandor recorded nine saves.
The Tritons finished the tournament with back to back losses against Foothill (No. 1in CIF-SS Division 2) and Laguna Beach (No. 1 in CIF-SS Division 3) on Sept. 27.
On Sept. 30, San Clemente lost on the road to Los Alamitos 12-7.
San Clemente will host defending South Coast League champion and rival Dana Hills on Oct. 14.
Tritons Tennis Beats Cougars, Breakers
At the start of the season, head coach John Stephens said the key to the San Clemente girls tennis teams’ success in 2014 will depend on their balance and depth. If the Tritons past two games are any indication, that balance appears to be emerging mid-season.
The Tritons defeated Capistrano Valley 11-7 and Laguna Beach 10-8 on Sept. 24 and Sept. 29, respectively. The win over the Cougars evened the Tritons South Coast League record at 1-1.
San Clemente won five singles sets and six doubles sets against Capistrano Valley. The doubles tandem of Stephie Neilson and Taylor Bonghi won all three of their doubles sets.
In the match against Laguna Beach, Neilson shifted to singles play, where she, along with teammates Sammy Neilson and Lindsay Hung, won two sets.
The Tritons were set to play a league match against Aliso Niguel on Sept. 30. Results were not available at press time.