The Loyola Marymount University women's volleyball team, with a shot at second place in the West Coast Athletic Conference, plays conference matches at home tonight against Gonzaga and Friday against Portland. Both begin at 7:30 p.m. in Gersten Pavilion. Loyola, 10-15 overall, is 4-4 in the WCAC and tied with Portland. They trail Pepperdine (8-0) and Santa Clara and San Francisco, both 5-4. Gonzaga is 3-5. A month ago Loyola defeated Gonzaga in Spokane but lost at Portland.
CIF volleyball playoffs continue tonight with openers in the 5-A, 3-A and Small Schools divisions. Games involving South Bay teams: Estancia at third-ranked Mira Costa in 5-A, San Marino at Redondo and Miraleste at Villa Park in 3-A and Chadwick plays at Linfield Christian at 5:30 in Small Schools. Matches are scheduled at 7:30 unless otherwise noted.
CIF girls team tennis playoffs begin today with matches starting at 2 p.m. In 4-A, top seed Miraleste is at Glendale, Hoover is at Mira Costa, South Torrance is at Capistrano Valley, El Toro is at fourth-seeded Rolling Hills, Palos Verdes is at El Modena, Torrance is at Santa Barbara and Redondo is at Arcadia. In a 3-A opener, Woodbridge is at Bishop Montgomery.
The UCLA men's soccer team closes the regular season with a 2 p.m. game Sunday against Cal State Los Angeles on the Bruins' North Soccer Field. UCLA, 11-5-1, defeated Notre Dame, 3-2, on Jeff Hooker's penalty kick in overtime in last weekend's Met Life Classic but lost the finale to top-rated Indiana, 2-1. Cal State entered the week with a 6-7-2 record and a three-game winning streak.