The way last season ended for the top-seeded La Cañada High girls' volleyball team — in the CIF Southern Section Division II-AA quarterfinals at the hands of Oaks Christian — was tough for Spartans Coach Brock Turner to swallow.
"It was very disappointing, it's the one loss over the years that I have hung on to more than others," said Turner of the 25-27, 25-23, 14-25, 25-22, 15-11 defeat to the Lions.
The defeat broke the Spartans' two-year streak of making it to the CIF Southern Section Division finals. La Cañada is eyeing a return to the championship after graduating just one starter last year. The Spartans enter 2011 ranked No. 4 in CIF Southern Section Division II, according to the CIF preseason polls that were released on Aug. 22.