East County Sports

Griffins Volleyball: State Final 8, All-PCAC

3C2A State Championships
All-PCAC teams
(selected by coaches)


ECS staff report

WALNUT – Mt. San College, located over the hill from Cal Poly Pomona, will host the 3C2A (formerly CCCAA) women’s volleyball championships this week, starting with the state quarterfinals on Friday, Dec. 1.

The Grossmont College Griffins are making their second straight trip to the Elite Eight, seeded third among the four Southern California qua;ifyers. They will meet North No. 2 Fresno City College.

However, a change may be possible after 3C2A officials were informed on Monday (Nov. 27) morning about a possible error. BRACKET

As reported last week on East County Sports.com, the raised San Diego Mesa, the rival of Pacific Coast Athletic Conference champion Grossmont, to No. 1 out of So.Cal. However, state officials noted that Mesa possessed a togher non-conference schedule, yet those contests were already included in the next-to-last RPI computer index of the season.

The final computer results saw both sides go 3-0 (9-0 in sets), bo Grossmont’s sweep of Mesa shouldve kept them at No. 1. However, the next rating dropped the Griffins to No. 3, withVentura College pulling ahead.

The key may be in the state brackets just posted by state officials.

San Diego Mesa is listed with just a single loss all season, but they obviously lost twice in finishing second to Grossmont for the Pacific Cast Athletic Conference pennant. Thus, an entry error in the computer programming may have Mesa’s second setback missing from the ledger of calculations.

In a phone conversation with 4C2A officials on late Monday morning, they said a correction would be forthcoming, yet none was made throughout the afternoon.

Grossmont advanced to the Elite 8 with straight set triumphs over Mt. San Jacinto and Rio Hondo colleges.

Will a correction make a difference? In 2022, all four Northern California schools beat all four Southland schools in the quarterfinals.


Chelsee Trendle

SAN DIEGO – Grossmont College setter Chelsee Trendler, a sophomore out of Patrick Henry High, has been voted the MVP of the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference for the 2023 season. The award was voted on by conference coaches.

In addition, the Griffins’ Brooke Callahan was tabbed the Coach of the Year.

First team honorees feature Kate Beezer, Alyson Guise and libero
Avery Banaag.

On the second team, Grossmont honorees were Mercedes Lopez,  Amanda Pena ans Joanna Verdugo.Each of the six Griffins are sophomores except Baanag.


Chelsee Trendler, So. Setter, Grossmont

Brooke Callahan, Grossmont (champions, 16-0)

Kate Beezer, So. Grossmont
Alyson Guise, So. Grossmont
Avery Banaag, Fr. Grossmont
Kailyn Jager, So. San Diego Mesa
Jaiden Mojica, So. San Diego Mesa
Olivia Ostler, So. San Diego Mesa
Janell Spires, Fr. Palomar
Sonsi Jarvis, Fr. Palomar
Daysha Halbert, Fr. MiraCosta
Quinn Curran, So. MiraCosta
Elif Solmaz, So. San Diego Miramar
Hevila Watson, Fr. Southwester

Mercedes Lopez, So. Grossmont
Amanda Pena, So. Grossmont
Joanna Verdugo, So. Grossmont
Emily Eltrich, So. San Diego Mesa
Jaelyn Douglas, Fr. San Diego Mesa
Lia Go-SoCo, Fr. San Diego Mesa
Hope Ihem, So. Palomar
Mayara Swillens, So. Palomar
Lacey Garcia, So. MiraCosta
Ryanne Davis, So. MiraCosta
Logan Mendez, Fr. San Diego Miramar)