The Flintridge Prep varsity girls’ volleyball team didn’t get off to the best start at San Marino High School on Monday.
The Rebels committed errors on serves and gave up the first game against the Titans in a nonleague match but battled back and came away with a four-set victory, 19-25, 25-21, 25-10, 25-14.
“I call it a Monday wake-up call,” said Prep head coach Sean Beattie. “San Marino is a good team, and we strolled in thinking we were a better team, maybe? We got smacked in the face and woke up. They served very well in the first game and we did not.”
Flintridge Prep (12-3 overall record, 4-3 in league) trailed in the third game, 5-2, and responded with a 17-2 run, the biggest of the match. The Rebels cruised to a nonleague victory following the run.
“We served better as the match went on and passed better,” Beattie said. “Once we pass better, we’re able to use our middles, and once we use them, it opens up the outside.”
Jada Gritton led Prep with 15 kills and Kaitlyn Chen had 11 kills and two blocks. Alex Kyriakakis recorded seven kills, Ellen Chang finished with 26 digs and Ani Bernardi contributed 47 assists.
The Rebels have a busy week with matches against Palos Verdes Chadwick on Tuesday and Burbank Providence today before competing in the Gabrielino Tournament during the weekend.
“The team is doing well right now,” Beattie said. “Right now, though, we’re sick as a dog. We had girls not coming to practice. It’s the worst time to get sick because we have so many matches. Other than that, I’m happy with where the team is. We just need to be healthy.”
La Salle 2
Flintridge Sacred Heart 0
The Lancers defeated Flintridge Sacred Heart in two sets, 25-19, 25-16, to claim the Crescenta Valley Tournament championship last Saturday.
Vanessa Ramirez was named the competition’s most valuable player, and teammates Danielle Thomas Nathan and Chloe Howell each earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team.
The Lancers (19-3 overall, 2-1 in league), ranked No. 2 in CIF Southern Section Division 3, will travel to Santa Fe Springs to take on St. Paul for a Del Rey League match on Tuesday, Sept. 8.
The Tologs (18-8 overall, 2-2 in league) will travel to Sherman Oaks to take on Notre Dame in a Mission League match today at 6 p.m.
Mayfield Senior 0
The Cubs dropped their final match of the Crescenta Valley Tournament, 25-23, last Saturday.
Mayfield finished the big tourney with a 3-4 record with victories over Sylmar, Maranatha and Glendale Hoover.
Mayfield Senior (7-12 overall, 4-4 in league) will travel to Phoenix, Arizona, to compete in the Nike Tournament of Champions this weekend.
Reseda Cleveland 1
The Tigers closed out the Crescenta Valley Tournament with a 25-17 loss to Cleveland last Saturday.
After a three-set victory over Rio Mesa of Oxnard, Westridge dropped its final four matches of the tourney.
Westridge (8-8 overall, 5-3 in league) will take a break and return to action on Monday, Oct. 7, to face host Polytechnic in a league match at 4:45 p.m.