T(ALENT) O(VERLOAD) One of the Marmonte League’s most talented setters sees limited playing time. That’s what happens when a team has as much depth as Thousand Oaks, which has two very good setters. Rebecca Robertson remained with the junior-varsity team last season to get more playing time, but as a senior – playing on the same team as Keri Reinholm – she epitomizes the Lancers’ abundance of ability. “It’s tough for me,” Thousand Oaks coach Yariv Learner said. “I know at any other school, she’s a starter. Keri’s just a step above, but I’d think we have two of the top setters in the league.” Robertson, who had 20 assists Tuesday against Calabasas, is surrounded by talent on the bench. The Lancers have nine seniors, all hungry for a winning finish to their prep careers, so those not in the starting lineup take their jobs seriously during practice, providing the toughest challenge possible for the starters. Learner says practices are often more difficult than matches, and the manner with which Thousand Oaks swept through its first seven Marmonte matches seems proof. The Lancers, who finished third last season, took sole possession of the league lead week and are ranked fourth in Southern Section Div. I-A. They are undefeated since opening the season with a five-game loss to Valencia, a match Reinholm missed because of injury. Other top players include Kristen Berthiume, Meghan Fischer and Tori Boden. “Everyone is saying, ‘Is the league weak this year?’ ” Learner said. “I don’t think so. It’s just our team is used to some really tough battles and having to go all out (in practice). Everyone in the gym is strong, so that makes us competitive. We’ve had a lot closer battles in practice than a lot of our matches. “I challenge our second team every day. ‘Here’s what you have to do.’ It makes them better and makes the first team better.” HART’S BIG GAIN Hart of Newhall’s volleyball team benefited when Linda Chisholm decided to move to Castaic to open a kennel. Chisholm, a former Olympian and professional beach volleyball player, is the Indians’ first-year head coach. “I thought, ‘Well, I’m out here, I might as well give it a try,’ ” Chisholm said. Players and parents say Chisholm’s addition has provided instant credibility to a program that has had a high turnover of coaches in recent years. Chisholm acknowledges that implementing change is difficult with a veteran group used to do things its way, but the Indians (7-5) can’t argue with her credentials. Chisholm was a Pepperdine All-American in 1979, won a silver medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and played professionally on the WPVA tour and in Italian pro leagues. She’s been an college assistant coach and turned to high school coaching when a parent of one of her club players suggested she apply for an opening at Immaculate Heart of Los Angeles, where she was the head coach the past three years. The Indians, who are ranked 10th in Div. I-A, are usually more focused on their future than on Chisholm’s past. “A couple times they’ve asked (about my playing days),” Chisholm said. “The other day I made this dig, and they were like, ‘Oh, wow, you know how to play.’ I was just, like, ‘Yeah, I’ve played once or twice.’ I hurt my shoulder, so I don’t hit a lot, and they don’t see me out there playing all the time.” YOUTHFUL LEADERS Grant of Van Nuys has one of the youngest coaching staffs in the area. Head coach Ian Lee turned 21 last week, and he’s in his third year at the helm. He was joined this season by assistant coach Ryan Purrugian, also 21. The coaches’ youth has been anything but a hindrance. Grant is enjoying one of its most successful seasons, heading into the final week of the City Section regular season within reach of the Sunset Six League title. “The players have been great,” said Lee, who played at Taft of Woodland Hills and began his coaching career as a Taft assistant. “I think it’s easier to relate to them because we’re closer in age. There’s trouble with some refs – I don’t think they always take us seriously – but it hasn’t been too bad.” WELL-RESTED Hart of Newhall headed into its biggest Foothill League match of the season Tuesday without having practiced in four days. Indians coach Linda Chisholm gave the team a day off from practice Friday, planning to return from the weekend break with a hard workout Monday in preparation for Tuesday’s showdown with first-place Valencia. Things didn’t go according to plan. Hart’s practice Monday was canceled when Chisholm had a flat tire on her way to the school. “Yeah, it sucked,” Chisholm said. “And it was in all that rain.” Maybe the rest helped. Hart lost to Valencia, but it was the league’s first team not swept by the Vikings. LEAGUE UPDATES Alpha League Paraclete of Lancaster, ranked ninth in Southern Section Div. IV-AA, remained undefeated in match play by beating Calvary Chapel of Downey in five games Monday. The Spirits maintained a one-game lead over Windward of Los Angeles, which was taken to five games Tuesday in a victory over Grace Brethren of Simi Valley. With only one match this week, Paraclete is hoping to rest senior outside hitter Jenna Novelli, who has been slowed by a groin injury. Foothill League Valencia setter Taryn Robertson, the 2004 Foothill League Player of the Year, was questionable for Tuesday’s match against Hart of Newhall because of a pulled ligament in her right wrist. She has played with the injury for about a month, but it was reevaluated last week. She was cleared to play and had 29 assists while playing in three of four games in the victory over Hart. Marmonte League Thousand Oaks senior Keri Reinholm has extra incentive to prod the Lancers to play as deep into postseason as possible. Although one of the area’s top players, she doesn’t plan to continue her volleyball career once she’s out of high school. “I’m hoping, as a coach, she changes her mind,” Thousand Oaks coach Yariv Learner said. “Schools are definitely interested in her. She’s just decided to pursue other avenues.” Reinholm missed her sophomore season because of a stress fracture in her back. She is in her second season as Thousand Oaks’ starting setter, and last week she played a critical role, with 93 assists in victories over Westlake and Simi Valley, to keep the Lancers atop the Marmonte League standings. “She’s awesome,” Learner said. Thousand Oaks, Westlake and Simi Valley are listed among prepvolleyball.com’s top 50 teams in California. Mission League Flintridge Sacred Heart of La Canada Flintridge on Tuesday won its 22nd consecutive league match, sweeping Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks. Although 22 sounds impressive, compare it to Harvard-Westlake of Studio City’s 88-match league streak from 1992 to 2001. The Wolverines’ streak was snapped in 2001 by FSH. The Tologs, unbeaten since October 2003, were last beaten in league by … Harvard-Westlake. FSH sophomore setter Sam Orlandini is on track to record her 1,500th career assist today against Alemany of Mission Hills. The second-year starter has 1,487 career assists in 161 games. Sunset Six League Verdugo Hills of Tujunga senior libero Layle Busante broke the school record for career digs last week. She had 18 in a victory over North Hollywood, giving her 383 – four more than the old mark. Grant of Van Nuys senior Vanessa Murray had 17 aces in Monday’s three-game victory over Hollywood. She had nine consecutive aces in the second game and six in a row in the third game. Verdugo Hills is closing in on a second consecutive undefeated league season, but the Dons can expect a challenge from Grant in Wednesday’s finale. Grant is in second place, having lost only to Verdugo Hills. Valley Mission League Sylmar is winless in nonleague matches, but the Spartans are 7-0 in league play after Monday’s victory over Reseda and on track to repeat as league champions. Sylmar on Saturday stages one of the City Section’s final tuneups before playoffs. The all-day event features several City teams, including Verdugo Hills and Chatsworth, and Southern Section teams, such as Canyon of Canyon Country and Highland of Palmdale. Erik Boal contributed. Heather Gripp, (818) 713-3607 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Oak Park essentially can end La Reina of Thousand Oaks’ 13-year hold on the Tri-Valley League title with a victory Oak Park won the previous meeting, but the match went five games. If the Regents win, they would be the first team this season to beat the Eagles in match play. POTENTIAL UPSET Royal of Simi Valley’s young lineup appears to be coming together, and the Highlanders could surprise crosstown rival Simi Valley on Tuesday. Royal just swept defending Marmonte League co-champion Moorpark. POTENTIAL HERO Always a pivotal part of Quartz Hill’s attack, senior Tara Henn will look to spark the young Rebels in its Golden League match Tuesday against Highland of Palmdale. Quartz Hill has a share of the Golden League lead, but its lone league loss is to the Bulldogs. TOP 10 No., Team, Record, LW 1. Flintridge Sacred Heart 17-2 1 Ranked in state top 50. 2. Valencia 14-2 2 Hart is Foothill’s first to go 4 games vs. Vikings. 3. Thousand Oaks 11-1 3 Dropped only five games all season. 4. Harvard-Westlake 15-4 4 Maintaining hold on No. 1 in Div. III-A. 5. Oak Park 21-1 5 Rematch tonight with La Reina. 6. Westlake 15-3 6 Home tonight against Simi Valley. 7. Saugus 9-2 8 Hopes Valencia showdown goes better than last time. 8. Oaks Christian 7-3 7 Up to fifth in Div. IV-AA rankings. 9. Verdugo Hills 14-1 9 Perryman leads City Section in kills. 10. Simi Valley 7-3 10 Only Marmonte team not swept by T.O. Records through Tuesday. SEVEN-DAY FORECAST MATCH OF THE WEEK La Reina at Oak Park, today, 5 p.m.