WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. – No. 7 El Camino College is two wins away from the CCCAA State Championship.
The Warriors open the CCCAA State Championships on Thursday, taking on a familiar foe and defending state champs Long Beach City. The match will start at 5 p.m. and can be viewed via live stream.
El Camino advanced to the semifinals after pulling off a 3-1 (25-22, 25-27, 25-21, 25-17) upset over No. 2 Irvine Valley on Friday night in Irvine. Medina led the way with 24 kills while Pedro Campos dished out 60 assists.
The Vikings won the Western State Conference this season and swept two matches from the Warriors. ECC dropped a five-set thriller in the first meeting between the teams back on March 31.
Cesar Medina led the Warriors with 20 kills and PJ Tulikihihifo added 10 in the loss. The teams met again in the regular season finale at Long Beach, where the Warriors took the opening set, 27-25. But the Vikings took the next three to take the match and secure sole possession of first place in conference.
Medina led ECC with 14 kills and Victor Villarreal added 10 while Campos dished out 36 assists, setting the Warriors to a .238 attacking percentage.
The winner of Thursday night's semifinal will face the winner between No. 1 Orange Coast College and No. 4 Santa Monica College. The final will take place Saturday night at 7 p.m. and can also be viewed via live stream.