GOLETA, Calif. -

We meet again.

For the second straight year San Marcos faces Esperanza in a semifinal boys volleyball playoff match. Last year UCLA-bound junior Jake Arnitz led Esperanza to a sweep over the Royals on their way to a CIF title.

Arnitz is back but San Marcos says they are ready this year. The Royals have a deep, talented roster and they have not dropped a set this year in three playoff matches.

First serve for this CIF Division 2 semifinal showdown is 7 p.m. at the Thunderhut at San Marcos High School.