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Nitros, Tornadoes continue CIF quests

Glendale and Hoover's polo squads face higher-seeded opposition.

November 11, 2011|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com

The following are playoff previews of today's events involving local teams.

BOYS' WATER POLO

Glendale vs. La Serna at La Mirada Splash!, 2 p.m.: After opening the CIF Southern Section Division V playoffs Wednesday with a 20-10 win against Webb at Burbank High, the Nitros figure to have a more difficult task at hand against fourth-seeded La Serna.

The Nitros, who won the Pacific League championship for the first time since 2002, got six goals from David Papazian and five from Martin Chatalyan against Webb.

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La Serna, the No. 4 seed, opened with an 11-8 win against Crescenta Valley at home. La Serna captured the Del Rio League crown.

The teams met earlier in the season, with La Serna winning.

The winner will meet top-seeded Bonita or Chadwick in a semifinal match at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Mount San Antonio College.

Palm Desert vs. Hoover at Burbank High, 3:30 p.m.: Hoover received a buzzer-beating goal from Hakop Kaplanyan, the reigning All-Area Boys' Water Polo Player of the Year, to register a 14-13 Division V first-round win at Mount San Antonio College on Wednesday. Hoover (16-6) will look to keep its season going against second-seeded Palm Desert (22-8).

Palm Desert began its playoff run with a 21-6 home win against Flintridge Prep. Palm Desert, which won the Desert Valley League title, had five man-advantage goals and five five-meter goals.

The winner will face third-seeded Pasadena Poly or Palm Springs in a semifinal match at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Mount San Antonio College.

GIRLS' TENNIS

El Dorado at Crescenta Valley, Noon: Crescenta Valley began the CIF Southern Section Division II playoffs Thursday with a 13-5 home win against La Cañada on Thursday. The Falcons (16-2) will next face fourth-seeded El Dorado, which won the Century League championship and started off the playoffs with a 14-4 victory against St. Lucy's. The Golden Hawks are 23-1.

Crescenta Valley girls' Athletic Director Peter Kim said if today's match is rained out, it would then be played at 1:30 p.m. Monday.

The winner will take on Pasadena Poly or Diamond Bar in a quarterfinal match at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

Newport Harbor vs. Flintridge Prep at Scholl Canyon Tennis Center, 2 p.m.: After opening the Division II playoffs Thursday with a 12-6 win against Dos Pueblos, the Rebels (14-4) will face a Newport Harbor team they fell to in the second round of the playoffs last season.

Third-seeded Newport Harbor (17-1) posted an 18-0 opening round win against Chaparral and captured the Sunset League title..

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