The Archer School for Girls volleyball team lost 3-1 to #1 ranked Pacifica Christian High School Saturday night in the quarterfinals of the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section (CIF-SS) 4A playoffs.
Archer made it to the quarterfinals after defeating Bishop High School in three sets and Vistamar High School in five sets last week.
Before a packed house at Grisanti Gym on the campus of Crossroads School in Santa Monica, Archer won the first set 26-24, stunning the SeaWolves in the process. Pacifica had previously beat Archer twice during the regular season.
In set two, with the game tied at 24, it looked as if Archer and their faithful fans just might be on their way to a huge upset. Pacifica, however, had different plans.
The SeaWolves captured the next two points to win set two and tie the match. The #1-seeded team in the division never looked back, defeating the #8 seeded Archer girls in sets.
Pacifica, now 31-2 overall, will move onto the CIF 4A semifinals to face St. Anthony of Long Beach Tuesday night. Archer finished the season with a 16-7 overall record, were champions of the Delphic League with 9-1 record and tied for 5th place in their first year in the CIF 4A division.
Archer volleyball seniors say farewell
It was another great night of high school athletics, and it marked the final volleyball game for six Archer seniors. Jennifer Culloti, Elle Keoghan, Lindsay Levesque, Marian Maile, Katie Moray and four-year varsity starter Ciena Lennon have been leaders in a program that over the past four years has won two league championships, twice notched a school record 16 wins, qualified for CIF playoffs three times, and twice finished in the top five of the CIF. Coaches Jonathan Lotz and Anthony Mezzavilla were sad to see this group go, but they look forward to continuing the successful ways that were established by this group.
Strong fall athletics for Archer
This fall was another step forward for the athletic program at Archer. Along with the success for the volleyball team, Archer's cross country finished third in the Alpha league, qualifying for CIF preliminaries. Archer will also send a doubles team to the CIF tennis playoffs. With its multi-sport athletes, many of the fall sport athletes will now move onto soccer and basketball. The varsity soccer team returns all but two players from a team that missed the CIF playoffs by a single game last year, including Duke bound senior Krysia Sikora. Varsity basketball won a school record 18 games last season and also returns all but two players, including two time All-CIF junior Maia Barnett. The schedules for both teams are linked below.
Visit Archer's sports page on Maxpreps for all information and game schedules.