Culver City varsity teams spring into action starting today with three sporting events taking place at the same time today on the Centaur campus. The track and field meet will start at 2:45 p.m., a girls’ softball game against El Segundo will begin at 3:15 p.m. and the boys’ baseball team will host Lawndale at 3:15 p.m. at the newly renovated baseball field.
On Friday the seventh ranked boys’ volleyball team will travel to Beverly Hills for a 3:15 p.m. match and the girls’ lacrosse team will travel to Santa Monica while the boys’ lacrosse team will play Santa Monica at home. Times for both of the lacrosse games were not available at press time.
The 11-8 boys’ volleyball team will host their own 2nd Annual Varsity Tournament on Saturday starting at 8 a.m. with a match against Leuzinger High School and then continue Ocean League play on Tuesday when the team travels to Lawndale for a 3:15 p.m. match.
The Varsity Tournament is an all day event that will feature some good high school volleyball matches. This tournament will also give Culver City the opportunity to work on some of the problems that surfaced during their 3-0 loss to El Segundo last week.
“I am concerned about our defense,” said coach Joe Manzo after their loss to El Segundo. “We still have a chance to win the Ocean League but we have to relax and have some fun playing volleyball.”
The 7-10 baseball team will finish its weekend schedule when they take a long trip to the valley on Saturday to face Granada Hills at 11 a.m. in the Chatsworth Tournament. On Tuesday coach Rick Prieto’s team will battle the No. 1 ranked team in the Ocean League, El Segundo at 3:15 p.m. at Culver City. El Segundo is led by all-CIF quarterback, Lars Nootbar. Nootbar, who plays shortstop, is batting .389 for the 12-5 Eagles.
The 8-5-1 girls’ lacrosse team will travel to Marlborough on Monday for a 4 p.m. game. First-year coach Liz Vacovec, along with her assistants Cristina Chan and Jackie Turner, are excited about their team.
“We are getting better and we have been growing as a team throughout the season,” said Vacovec. “I am really impressed with the hard work the girls have put in. We have a young team and a lot of good players which I am really excited about. I am hoping they continue to improve.”
Two players that are improving are Rachel Block and Dana Chung.
“We are a close group and we trust each other,” said Block. “When we get trapped, we know who to pass the ball to.”
“It’s a lot better than last year,” Chung said. “Everyone on this team is amazing.”