This week’s CIF-SS polls came out Monday and there was a lot of movement after an eventful week of action.
Only two desert football teams made this week’s rankings. Rancho Mirage is No. 3 in Division 12 and Coachella Valley stumbled down to No. 8 in Division 11 after suffering its first loss.
Others are creeping in on the top 10 though. La Quinta, which let one slip away on Friday against Roosevelt, is on the others-receiving-votes list in Division 4. Roosevelt, coincidentally holds the No. 10 spot right in front of the Blackhawks. In Division 11, voters are starting to notice Xavier Prep. The Saints are also on the others-receiving-votes list just outside the top 10.
The De Anza does boast undefeated Yucca Valley as the No. 6 team in Division 13. In eight-man Division 2, Desert Christian Academy is on the others-receiving-votes list.
–There are a pair of ranked volleyball teams in the desert as well, both in Division 5. La Quinta is ranked No. 2 and Xavier Prep is No. 10. Palm Desert in Division 4, Shadow Hills in Division 6 and Desert Christian Academy in Division 9 are all on the others-receiving-votes list.
–In boys’ water polo is where you will find the desert’s only No. 1-ranked team. Xavier Prep holds down the top spot in Division 6. La Quinta is ranked No. 6 in Division 4, and Shadow Hills is No. 4 in Division 7. The Blackhawks and Knights play each other on Tuesday.
–In girls’ tennis, only the Rancho Mirage Rams are ranked. They are the No. 9 team in Division 5, one ahead of No. 10 Twentynine Palms.
Palm Springs 17, Indio 1: The Indians took care of the Rajahs for a routine DVL win, sweeping the singles behind Emunah Daffon (6-0, 6-0, 6-0), Hannah Johnson (6-0, 6-0, 6-1) and Shekinah Daffon (6-0, 6-0, 6-0).
On the doubles side, it was Kailee Kennedy and Ericka Aldana winning all three sets without dropping a game. Sophie Fragen and Dara Shay teamed up to win 6-2, 6-1, 6-0, and the Indians also got a doubles win from the team of Annay Zubic and Melina Solis (6-3) and Vanessa Rodriguez and Melisa Illustrisimo (6-3).
Palm Springs (2-2 in DVL) hosts La Quinta on Tuesday.
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Coachella Valley 17, Desert Mirage 1: The Arabs rolled to a win, sweeping the singles matches with Desiree Cerda (6-1, 6-0, 6-1), Evelyn Figueroa (6-0, 6-1, 6-0) and Andrea Rapan (6-2, 6-0, 6-1) doing the damage.
In doubles, the Arabs received wins from Natalia Medez and Evelyn Molina (6-1, 6-2, 7-5); Mariarlene Becerra and Rosalina Castro (7-6, 6-1); Xitalic Meza and Deyana Figueroa (7-6, 6-3) and Wendy Molina and Kalee Ortega (7-5).
The lone point for the Rams was scored by the doubles team of Marina Lua and Magdalena Zacanas.
The Arabs face Yucca Valley on Wednesday.
Rancho Mirage 16, Twentynine Palms 2: The Rattlers continued their De Anza League dominance, improving to 6-0 on the season. Three singles wins were posted by Kyla Eaton, with Tatiana Harvey and Zoe Kolytiris contributing two wins before being substituted. Georgia Christoffersen also picked up a singles victory. In doubles play, the teams of Allegra Erickson-Karla Munoz and Antonella Mazzoti-Melanie Ramos each had two wins and a set apiece was picked up by the teams of Ava Descalzo-Izzy Meza, Tia Kolytiris-Janelle Vidal, Descalzo-Emily Garcia, and Perla Renteria-Laronjanae Curtis. The Rattlers host Big Bear Tuesday.
Palm Desert and Xavier Prep at Long Beach invitational: Palm Desert finished third in the 21-team field using a balanced scoring effort.
Madison Walker paced the Aztecs with a 2-under-par 72 on the par-74 course. She was followed by Madison Rincon (79), Lily Rodriguez (79) and Madison Vance (82) for a team total of 312. University High won with a 298 and Troy was second at 306. Xavier Prep finished in 10th with a 340.
On the individual side, Walker’s 72 tie for the top round of the day with two other golfers. She technically finished in second on a “card off.” Xavier Prep’s Vera Markevich was eighth overall with a 76.
Walnut 204, La Quinta 235: The Blackhawks dropped a home match to a talented Walnut team at La Quinta Resort. The Blackhawks were led by Avalon Woodward with a 37 and Mariah Moon with a 39. Jourdan Flynn contributed a 48, Jordan Nadler added a 52 and Valerie De La Paz a 59.
La Quinta plays at Shadow Hills on Tuesday.
Rancho Mirage 3, Twentynine Palms 2: The Rattlers dominated the fifth game of a grueling match, winning 18-25, 25-18, 25-20, 21-25 and 15-3. Kylie Davenport led the way with 14 kills and 17 digs. Kaley Perez had two aces and 30 digs and Alana Hamrick had a solid overall game with 14 kills and 15 digs.
Coachella Valley 3, Desert Mirage 1: The Arabs rebounded after dropping the first game, picking up a 15-25, 25-19, 25-21, 25-23 win over the Rams. The Arabs were led by Miranda Torres with 15 kills and an ace and Azalea Box who had seven kills, three assists and one ace. Paola Moya ran the offense with 14 Assists and also contributed two aces.
The Arabs (5-6-2, 1-1 De Anza) host Yucca Valley on Wednesday.
Boys’ water polo
Shadow Hills at San Gorgonio tournament: The Knights finished fourth out of 22 teams at the San Gorgonio Tournament over the weekend, winning their first three games to move into the championship bracket of four.
They lost to Murrieta Mesa and Etiwanda to land in fourth place, a large improvement over last year when the Knights finished ninth in the same event.
They beat Moreno Valley (23-1), San Gorgonio (23-5) and Arroyo Valley (14-8) to make it to the elite bracket.
Shadow Hills hosts La Quinta at 4 p.m. Tuesday.
Shadow Hills at Bulldog Run in Hemet: The Knights had a strong performance from Isaiah Gonzalez who led them in the junior-senior race, placing 12th with a time of 16 minutes, 25 seconds. Also medaling were Alejandro Grant (21st, 16:49), Luis Fernandez (24th, 16:52), and Amadeus Rodriguez (47th, 17:59). The Knights placed sixth out of 15 teams. In the Frosh-Soph race, Rogelio Muniz led the way with a sixth-place finish (17:00), while Brennen Lenarth (17th, 18:06), Jaiden Huff (21st, 18:14), Agustin Cordero (43rd, 18:51) and RJ Lopez (56th, 19:31) helped the Knights finish fourth out of 18 teams.
On the girls’ side, Nyah Chavez led the charge with a fourth-place finish in the frosh-soph race, clocking in at 19:23 on the challenging, hilly course. Mariana Anciso placed 49th (23:35), and the Knights finished ninth. In the Junior-Senior race, Paige Fullen led the Knights to a seventh-place finish, clocking in at 21:15 (22nd). Samantha Torres (43rd, 22:34) and Jazzy Gallegos (22:35) rounded out the medalists.
COD at Morro Bay: The Roadrunners finished seventh in a competitive 16-team field at Morro Bay over the weekend. Li Chi Liu shot 79 and 78 to lead the way.