Yucaipa Boys’ Volleyball overthrows Redlands to grab top spot in CBL – San Bernardino Sun


REDLANDS – JD Shah and his teammates on the Yucaipa men’s volleyball team lost earlier in the season to Redlands. They were determined to give a better account of themselves in Wednesday’s game.

“Our only thought was to win – it’s as simple as that,” said Shah, a senior who also plays football and basketball for the Thunderbirds. “You had to bring composure and energy.”

Shah had seven blocks, nine kills and three aces to lead Yucaipa to a 25-20, 25-20, 27-25 win over Redlands in a Citrus Belt League game.

Both teams are now 6-2 in the Citrus Belt League.

The Terriers (15-5) beat Yucaipa (15-9) in two matches earlier this season.

“They (Yucaipa) were the best team today,” Redlands coach Daryk Mall said.

“We made too many unforced errors and missed a few swings,” he added.

In the first two matches, Yucaipa led by 21-20 scores before closing the sets with four straight points each time. The T-Birds led 21-17 in the final game, but Redlands increased the intensity to make it 21-20.

Shah gave Yucaipa a 24-23 advantage with a block at the net. He served out of bounds, allowing Redlands to level the score at 25. Yucaipa then scored two points to sweep the game.

“I think we could have been complacent for a second,” Yucaipa coach Megan Marnati said. “We need this one to stay eligible for the CIF Southern Section Qualifiers.”

Teams no longer compete during the Citrus Belt League season.

Redlands have another tough league game on Thursday at third-placed Beaumont. The match could determine which team wins the league title.

Redlands received solid play in the game from Christian Anderson, who returned to the lineup after a brief absence. Mall pulled it off in the third set because he thought there could be better chemistry.

“Going forward, he (Anderson) will be a big asset,” Mall said.

Shah plans to go on a religious mission for two years after graduating from high school. He said he was interested in possibly attending Georgia Tech after that.

He and a teammate each did a backflip after the win over Redlands.

“Noah Vacario and I do it if we win,” Shah said.


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