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The Times' Rankings

March 03, 2003|Paul McLeod

A preseason look at the top boys' volleyball teams in the Southland:

Has contingent of national-class players, but will the Cubs stumble again on way to title?

*--* 1. LOYOLA, SS-DIV. I

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*--* 2. MIRA COSTA, SS-DIV. I

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Southland's volleyball hub should be just fine despite rebuilding effort.

*--* 3. ESPERANZA, SS-DIV. I

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Defending Division I champion finds a crowded field this season.

*--* 4. SAN CLEMENTE, SS-DIV. I

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Eight returning players provide experience, ball control and defense.

*--* 5. ROYAL, SS-DIV. I

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Strong program is always solid, even during a rebuilding season such as this year.

*--* 6. WOODBRIDGE, SS-DIV. I

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This sleeper has youthful club players with opportunities to shine.

*--* 7. SANTA YNEZ, SS-DIV. II

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Has won seven section titles in eight years and may be ranked too low.

*--* 8. NEWPORT HARBOR, SS-DIV. I

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Perennial contender returns to Division I but is missing two starters because of knee injuries.

*--* 9. MARINA, SS-DIV. I

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With new coach, Vikings look to rebuild around state's top player, UCLA-bound Steve Klosterman.

*--* 10. CHATSWORTH, CS-DIV. I

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Defending City champion is 34-10 in last three years but has five starting spots to fill.

-- Paul McLeod

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