Alverno Varsity Volleyball Celebrates First CIF Championship Title in School History

Press Release posted 11/20/12 – Alverno became CIF Division 5AA Champions After Defeating Pomona Catholic

Back: Coach Chris Guzman, Alexia Palomino, Natalie Hernandez-Barber, Hayley Barretta, Lauren Tunzi, Coach Brent Fabbri, Raine Orozco, Rachel Cavender, Taylor Valenzuela, Izaura Avitia, and Coach Ricardo Dávila Front: Madison Hernandez-Barber, Alexandria Peterson, Asia Chapa, Jessica Hamilton, Sydney Hernandez-Barber, Alexandra Oversteet, and Raylene Acevedo Photo courtesy of Alverno High, click to enlarge

For the first time in school history, the Alverno High School Varsity Volleyball can claim the title “CIF-SS Champions.” The Jaguars volleyball team brought home the title after defeating Pomona Catholic 25-15, 27-25, 25-22 in the Saturday, November 17 Division 5AA final at Cypress College.

The Varsity Jaguars, league champions of the Horizon League, ended their season with a league record of 8-0 and an overall record of 20-3-0 after their win on Saturday against Pomona Catholic. The Jaguars, who did not lose a set during the entire playoffs, are set to play Calvin Christian of Escondido on Tuesday, November 20 in the first round of the state playoffs.

Varsity Jaguar members include seniors Raylene Acevedo, Jessica Hamilton, Sydney Hernandez-Barber, Alexandra Overstreet, and Lauren Tunzi; juniors Hayley Barretta, Rachel Cavender, Asia Chapa, and Taylor Valenzuela; sophomores Izaura Avitia, Madison Hernandez-Barber, Raine Orozco, Alexia Palomina, Alexandria Peterson; and freshman Natalie Hernandez-Barber.

The Jaguars have enjoyed a highly successful season that included 55 sets played, 1,642 attacks, 631 kills, 1,215 serves, and 964 digs. Seniors Jessica Hamilton, Alexandra Overstreet, and Sydney Hernandez-Barber lead the team in attacks, kills, serves, and digs throughout the season. Senior Lauren Tunzi, a strong defensive player, attacked and blocked more than 218 balls for the Jaguars. Finally, Asia Chapa rounds out the top team players with 104 attacks, 248 serves including 38 aces, 136 digs, and an astounding 501 assists as the team setter. Although Hamilton, Overstreet, Hernandez-Barber, and Tunzi will be graduating, Chapa will be back on the Jaguar court next season.

“For the first time in school history, Alverno can claim a CIF Championship in volleyball,” said Ann Gillick, Head of School. “We are so proud of everything these women have accomplished both on and off the court. Not only are each of them talented athletes but scholars, leaders, actors, and so much more. They are true examples of Alverno’s mission of empowering each young woman to be exactly the person she wants to be.”