Glenn's team placed third in league last year and reached the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division 1AA playoffs. With Los Alamitos, ranked eighth, and Huntington Beach in the same league, the Sailors will mostly like battle Edison for third.

— David Carrillo Peñaloza


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Sage Hill Lightning

Coach: Dan Thomassen (10th year)

Players to watch: OH Halland McKenna (Jr.); S Maddy Abbott (Jr.); OH Kekai Whitford (Jr.); MB Juliette Singarella (Sr.); Opp. Sophie Gordon (Sr.); MB Sophia Mossman (Soph.); OH Emily Lassiter (Fr.); L Allie Mowrey (Sr.)

You should know: Sage Hill returns all of its starters from last season, except for one, and it expects to contend for a CIF Southern Section championship for the third straight year.

Sage Hill is coming off a Division 3A runner-up finish in 2012 and a Division 4AA title in 2011. Thomassen said McKenna, Abbott, Whitford and libero Claudia Noto are three-year starters.

Thomassen said Sage Hill is coming off its best summer in terms of the players' commitment to the upcoming season. The Lightning competed at the prestigious Ann Kang Invitational in Hawaii in August, earning the silver division title in the program's first appearance during the summer tournament.

Sage Hill is ranked No. 2 in the Division 3A preseason poll, behind Academy League rival St. Margaret's. The two programs have faced each other in the past two section finals.

Sage Hill and St. Margaret's can meet for a third straight time. Thomassen said the team to beat in league is St. Margaret's, the reigning league champion.

Thomassen's team opened the season on Wednesday with an impressive sweep of Santa Margarita, which finished second in the Trinity League and reached the second round of the Division 1AA playoffs last year.

— David Carrillo Peñaloza