Orange County girls volleyball coaches who still wonder just how good their team is, or how good is that other team, or that other team or that other team, are going to get a better handle on it all this weekend.
The Dave Mohs Memorial Tournament at Edison High starts Friday, continues Saturday and concludes Monday. As usual, the Mohs tournament is stacked with outstanding county and CIF-Southern Section teams. As usual, what happens at the 56-team Mohs tournament will provide early and accurate information about which teams could be the better ones in the CIF-SS playoffs in two months.
The tournament, named for late-great Edison volleyball coach Dave Mohs, spreads the 56 teams over two divisions. Division 1 includes six nationally-ranked teams and 10 of the 15 teams on the CIF-SS Division 1 watch list.
County teams in Division 1 are Mater Dei, which is No. 11 in PrepVolleyball.com’s national rankings, and national No. 59 Santa Margarita. Among the non-O.C. teams participating are national No. 2 Redondo, national No. 27 Harvard-Westlake of Studio City, national No. 46 Long Beach Poly and national No. 48 Lakewood.
All of those teams are on the CIF-SS Division 1 watch list. Other CIF-SS Division 1 watch-list teams in the Mohs’ Division 1 group are Corona del Mar, Edison, Huntington Beach and Los Alamitos.
The tournament’s pool play rounds for Division 1 on Friday and Saturday are at Corona del Mar, Edison, Huntington Beach and Newport Harbor. Division 1 championship bracket action is at Edison on Monday, including the 7 p.m. championship match.
Division 2 pool play rounds Friday and Saturday are at Corona del Mar, Edison, Fountain Valley and Marina. Most of the Division 2 championship bracket is Monday at Fountain Valley; the Division 2 championship final is at Edison on Monday at 6 p.m.
Daily admission to the Mohs tournament is $5.
This girls volleyball season already has provided several interesting matches.
Laguna Beach swept Corona del Mar on Wednesday. Lexi McKeown had 12 kills and Piper Naess had 10 for Laguna Beach.
It was Laguna Beach’s first win over Corona del Mar since 2009. Corona del Mar’s many fine players includes senior setter Ashley Humphreys, who has committed to USC. She had 67 assists with 22 digs and nine aces over the past week.
Santa Margarita, the CIF State Open Division runnerup last season, swept 2016 CIF State Division 1 champion Edison in three games on Wednesday as Devon Chang had 29 assists for the Eagles.