First published in the April 21 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.
The La Cañada High School varsity boys’ volleyball team recently competed in the Crescenta Valley Tournament, collecting three wins over a two-day span.
The Spartans finished 1-2 on the final day of tournament play last Saturday, which included a victory over Venice High of Los Angeles, 25-18, 25-17. The Spartans previously lost to Simi Valley and Canyon High of Canyon Country earlier that day.
On the first day of tournament action, LCHS collected a pair of victories over Glendale, 25-13, 25-19, and Crespi High of Encino, 25-17, 25-15, but lost to Venice, 25-21, 19-25, 15-13.
The Spartans (22-7 overall record, 8-0 in league) swept visiting Monrovia in a Rio Hondo League matchup, 25-17, 25-14, 25-23, last Thursday to remain unbeaten in league play. No individual statistics were reported to the Outlook Valley Sun.
First-place La Cañada, ranked No. 8 in this week’s CIF-SS Division III poll, secured the league title with only one league match remaining at Temple City on Thursday, April 21, at 3:30 p.m.
The Wolves recently competed in the Crescenta Valley Tournament, losing to Upland, 25-18, 25-14, and defeating Simi Valley, 2-0, last Saturday. Flintridge Prep previously lost to Thousand Oaks, 19-25, 17-25, but defeated Carson and Damien High of La Verne last Friday.
Flintridge Prep won its eighth consecutive match by dominating visiting Palos Verdes Chadwick, 25-8, 25-6, 25-8, to remain undefeated in Prep League play last Wednesday. The visiting Wolves also collected a league sweep over crosstown rival Pasadena Poly, 25-15, 25-16, 25-23, last Tuesday. No individual statistics were reported to the Outlook Valley Sun.
First-place Flintridge Prep (18-4 overall, 8-0 in league) will travel to La Cañada for a nonleague match on Friday, April 22, at 5 p.m.
The Golden Knights picked up a sweeping victory over visiting Harvard-Westlake High of Studio City, 25-11, 25-22, 25-16, in a Mission League match last Wednesday.
Sophomore Titus Rodz led with 11 kills and five digs, while sophomore Will Martinez added 10 kills. Junior Gabe Metcalf collected 33 assists, one kill and five digs, senior Robert Nardoni registered eight kills, four aces and 12 digs, and junior Blake Welsh posted seven kills. Junior Trevor Shackleton recorded two aces and seven, junior Drew Miller produced one ace and three digs, junior Aj Lopez had one ace and four digs, and seniors Mason Hasbrouck and Ben Ferguson each finished with one kill.
SFHS won its third straight match by defeating visiting Alemany High of Mission Hills, 25-15, 25-20, 23-25, 25-22, in a nonleague contest last Tuesday. Nardoni collected 16 kills and 12 digs, Rodz posted 12 kills, one ace and 17 digs, and Metcalf tallied 36 assists, 21 digs and three kills. Welsh notched six kills and three blocks, senior Vince Ciampa registered seven kills, and Ferguson produced four kills. Martinez and Hasbrouck each had three kills, while Lopez finished with one ace and nine digs.
Third-place St. Francis (19-6-1 overall, 4-2 in league) will compete in the Redondo Varsity Classic, which will begin on Friday, April 22.