Local Teams Compete in Tournaments

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First published in the March 10 print issue of the Pasadena Outlook.

The Maranatha High School varsity boys’ volleyball team was swept in a nonleague match at Arcadia, 19-25, 22-25, 20-25, last Friday.
Junior outside hitter Lucas da Costa led the Minutemen with 13 digs and six kills, while junior opposite hitter Luke Deverian had 20 assists, three digs and one kill. Sophomore outside hitter Bryan Chi and junior middle hitter Alec Smith registered five and four kills, respectively. Senior middle hitters Cole Demonteverde and Landon Grohs added three and one kills, respectively.
The Minutemen opened the month by sweeping visiting Arcadia Rio Hondo Prep, 25-20, 25-23, 25-17, in their season opener last Tuesday. da Costa collected 12 kills, 10 digs and one ace, while Smith tallied eight kills and four solo blocks. Chi posted five aces, four kills and six digs, Grohs recorded three kills, and Demonteverde tallied one kill and seven total blocks. Deverian had 19 assists and one kill, and junior libero Andrew Round finished with two kills and one ace.
Maranatha (1-1 overall record) is scheduled to host Waverly in a nonleague match on Friday, March 18, at 4 p.m.

FLINTRIDGE PREP
The Wolves remained undefeated on the young season after recently sweeping the Providence Hollywood Showdown Tournament last weekend. Through seven matches, Flintridge Prep has yet to lose a set.
The Wolves swept host Providence High of Burbank, 25-11, 25-18, and Polytechnic 25-16, 25-11 on the final day of tournament play. In the Gold Bracket pool play, Flintridge Prep swept Ontario Christian High, 25-15, 25-16; Temple City, 25-20, 25-15; and Woodland Hills Taft, 25-22, 25-19 on Friday, March 4. No individual statistics were reported to the Outlook.

POLYTECHNIC
The Panthers recently competed in the Providence Hollywood Showdown Tournament and won four of five matches over a two-day span.
On the tournament’s final day, Poly lost to undefeated Flintridge Prep, 16-25, 11-25, but defeated Woodland Hills Taft, 25-20, 25-22. A day earlier, Poly defeated all three of its Gold Bracket pool play opponents. The Panthers swept California High School of Whittier, 2-0, and edged both North High of Torrance and Sun Valley Village Christian, 2-1. No individual statistics were reported to the Pasadena Outlook.
Poly (5-3 overall) is scheduled to host Chadwick of the Palos Verdes Peninsula in a Prep League match on Thursday, March 10, at 3:30 p.m.

ST. FRANCIS
The Golden Knights recently competed in the Redondo Union Tournament, winning four of the six matches over a two-day span in Redondo Beach.
St. Francis concluded tournament play after sweeping Santa Barbara San Marcos, 25-16, 25-22. Senior outside hitter Robert Nardoni led with a team-high 11 kills and three digs, while junior setter Gabe Metcalf registered 24 assists. Junior middle blocker James Clapp collected five kills, four digs, one ace and one block, while junior middle blocker Blake Welsh and sophomore opposite hitter Will Martinez finished with four and three kills, respectively. Senior opposite hitter Vince Ciampa and freshman outside hitter Ryan Bender each tallied two kills, while junior libero Trevor Shackleton recorded a team-high five digs.
In the second of three matches, the Golden Knights swept Torrance Bishop Montgomery, 25-15, 25-19, on Feb. 26. Nardoni racked up 10 kills, 10 digs and two aces, while Metcalf recorded 24 assists and two digs. Martinez tallied five kills, Bender collected four kills, four digs, four blocks and three aces, and Clapp had four kills, three digs, two blocks and one ace. Senior middle hitter Ben Furgurson and Welsh each finished with one kill.
To open the second day of tournament play, St. Francis was swept by Newport Harbor High of Newport Beach, 10-25, 21-25, on Feb. 26. Nardoni and Bender registered six and four kills, respectively, while Metcalf had 14 assists, 14 digs and two aces. Clapp collected three kills, Welsh and Martinez each added two kills, and Ciampa finished with one kill.
The Golden Knights concluded the first day of tournament play by falling to Carlsbad Sage Creek, 15-25, 18-25, on Feb. 25. The loss came on the heels of a sweep over Woodland Hills El Camino Real, 25-10, 25-20, earlier on that day. Nardoni had eight kills, five digs and two blocks, while Bender and Clapp each collected five kills and two blocks. Furgurson registered four kills, Welsh and Martinez each finished with two kills and Ciampa had one kill.
The Golden Knights (5-2 overall) are scheduled to compete in the Goleta Dos Pueblos Tournament, which begins on Saturday, March 12.

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