Clovis News: Sports

Eagles cruise in boys volleyball quarterfinals

There's a certain something special Clovis West High coach Bob McCarthy has felt in his boys volleyball team all year.

"I think this has been a team of destiny," he said after the second-seeded Golden Eagles beat No. 7 Thousand Oaks 25-21, 25-15, 27-25 at home Tuesday and became the first Valley team to win a Division I state playoff game.

Brett Salmonson, Corey Mills and Kyle Peterson each had 10 kills, Chris Wong 35 assists, Grant Yamashita 15 digs and Jeff Morris five blocks.

Clovis West (35-1), ranked No. 18 nationally, will host No. 6 seed Esperanza-Anaheim at 7 p.m. Thursday in the semifinals. Esperanza upset No. 3 La Costa Canyon-Carlsbad in four sets. No. 1 Loyola-Los Angeles faces No. 5 Poway in the other semifinal.

"I think we'll be very well prepared," McCarthy said. "This unit has grown together as a group. We don't really have any superstars, and we need to rely on each other to produce."

Division II

Eighth-seeded Clovis North's season ended at the hands of No. 1 Mira Costa 25-15, 25-12, 25-9 in Manhattan Beach.