The San Marino High School varsity girls’ volleyball team showed flashes of its potential against visiting Flintridge Prep but wasn’t consistent enough as the Rebels came away with a four-set victory, 25-19, 21-25, 10-25, 14-25, in a nonleague match on Monday.
“Well, I have to take into consideration that we’re a young team in terms of leadership,” said SMHS head coach Joseph Rios. “We’re growing still, and hiccups are still going to happen. It’s one of those years where we have to iron out the wrinkles and roll with the punches.
“We didn’t lose a lot of pieces but we lost pieces of leadership. As far as I’m concerned about this year, we’re just looking for the next leader.”
The Titans (6-10 overall record) served well and took advantage of the Rebels’ mistakes in the first game but couldn’t make it two in a row as Flintridge Prep battled for a 25-21 win in Game 2.
San Marino seemed determined to take the third set by scoring five of the first seven points. However, that lead was short-lived as Flintridge Prep (12-3 overall) went on a 17-2 run to build a big lead.
The visiting squad won the third game and carried its momentum into the fourth to take the match.
Erin Hill led San Marino with 14 kills, Leela Anvekar recorded five blocks, Kira Glasse had two aces and Caitlin Nguyen finished with 16 digs.
The Titans went on to host La Cañada in a Rio Hondo League match on Tuesday and will host rival South Pasadena today at 6:30 p.m.
Rios feels confident his young group can bounce back and make a run for one of the league’s postseason berths.
“I feel pretty good about it,” said Rios, who guided last year’s team to its first Rio Hondo League championship in decades. “Last year, our best time was during the second half of league. Now that we know our opponents, we should be able to play better. Also, we played on the road most of the time, so that should give us an edge.”