IRVINE -- Archbishop Mitty returned to the top of the volleyball world Saturday with a 25-19, 25-22, 25-18 sweep of Martin Luther King-Riverside in the CIF Division II state championship. The victory capped a 38-0 season, and the ninth state title ties the Monarchs with St. Francis-Mountain View for the most in the state.

After a two-year absence from the CCS finals, NorCal and state stages, Mitty won the state title, was unbeaten, lost just eight sets all year and was pushed to five sets just once. The last two statistics exactly match that of the national champion 2009 Mitty team.

Allie Wheeler led Mitty with 14 kills and Clare Powers added 11. The Monarchs were strong at the net with Alexa Dreyer, Wheeler and setter Kelsey Crawford leading the block and the defense continually dug shots the Wolves had scored on in past weeks.

Upstart King, led by Kalei Greeley with eight kills, was making its first appearance in a title match, and its raucous fans filled three-fourths of the arena at Concordia College. But like most teams, they couldn't break through against Mitty.

"In this match, we did our jobs," Mitty coach Bret Almazan-Cesar said. "We made sure our offense is spread about and we served and passed well. We passed for one of our highest percentages of the year and that gave Kelsey a lot of opportunities."

"It's amazing," Powers said. "Unbelievable. I'm so proud of everyone and I couldn't ask for a better season. Everyone just did what needed to be done."

The first set was tight, with Mitty leading 18-17. At that point, Mitty pulled away with Wheeler smashing three kills and the Monarchs collecting two of their six blocks of the set. The Wolves had their best shot in the second set but with the scored tied at 20, tough Mitty serving kept them from running their offense. Powers had a kill, Dreyer blasted a ball through a double block and Wheeler hit a cross to take the set.

The Wolves hung in during the third set, but at 16-16, Mitty began to pull away. Shirin Tooloee scored on a tip and Powers delivered on a roll shot and then scored on a tight tip shot. Dreyer and Crawford stuffed the Wolves with back-to-back blocks and the Monarchs were in control.

"We've seen big blocks before but this was a big block that was technically sound," King coach Gene Krieger said.

"I was super shocked," King's Rachel Brown said. We'd cheer for a kill but then it would come back."

The defense was led by libero Anne Marie Schmidt, with Powers, Alyssa Jones and others making major contributions.

"It's been my dream," Powers said. "I've been watching Mitty since I was a little kid. It's crazy to be here out here doing it."

Division IV: A monumental comeback from Sacred Heart Prep-Atherton fell inches short as Francis Parker-San Diego prevailed 25-22, 28-26, 22-25, 22-25, 15-13 in the CIF State Division IV championship game. The Gators lost the first two sets but then overcame deficits in the next two sets to stay alive. However, they could not hold early fifth-set leads as the big-swinging Lancers roared back.

Ellie Shannon led the Gators, in their ninth state finals appearance, with 17 kills, Victoria Garrick added 16, Payton Smith contributed 11 with five blocks and Sonia Abuel-Saud had 10 kills. Sacred Heart Prep finished 33-6. Michaela Dews led Parker to their seventh state title with a match-high 20 kills.