Flintridge Prep, St. Francis, La Salle Earn League Victories

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(Photo by Sebastian Moore / OUTLOOK) - Poly’s Pierre Vincent (No. 11, white jersey) averaged more than 10 kills over his last three contests.

First published in the March 24 print issue of the Pasadena Outlook.

The Flintridge Prep varsity boys’ volleyball team defeated crosstown rival Polytechnic, 18-25, 25-15, 25-13, 25-16, in a Prep League match last Thursday. The Wolves also swept Chadwick at the Palos Verdes Peninsula, 25-7, 25-9, 25-15, in a league match last Tuesday.
The league victories helped the Wolves (10-1 overall record, 2-0 in league) remain tied with undefeated Burbank Providence atop the league standings, with the first of two matchups between the schools set for Thursday, March 31, at 4:30 p.m.
The Wolves previously lost a five-set battle to visiting Los Angeles Brentwood School, 25-27, 25-22, 25-20, 23-25, 7-15, in a nonleague match. The loss snapped Flintridge Prep’s eight consecutive victories and is still their only season loss. The Wolves swept visiting Maranatha, 25-13, 25-14, 25-20. No individual statistics were reported to the Pasadena Outlook.
Flintridge Prep is scheduled to host St. Francis in a nonleague match before its crucial challenge at Providence.

POLYTECHNIC
The Panthers lost a crosstown rivalry Prep League match at Flintridge Prep, 25-18, 15-25, 13-25, 16-25, last Thursday. Pierre Vincent registered 11 kills, Bardia Vincent logged 26 assists and Andrew Thein collected 12 digs.
Poly previously earned its third sweep in as many matches by defeating visiting Valencia Trinity Classical Academy, 25-18, 25-11, 25-15, in a nonleague contest last Tuesday. Bardia Vincent had 12 aces and Cole Mallinger posted five kills and two aces.
The Panthers swept visiting Arcadia Rio Hondo Prep, 25-15, 25-8, 25-22, last Monday. Mallinger recorded seven kills, two blocks and four aces, while Pierre Vincent accumulated eight kills.
Poly earned a nice bounce-back victory by sweeping visiting Chadwick of the Palos Verdes Peninsula in a league match after previously falling to undefeated Burbank Providence in five sets, 25-20, 18-25, 14-25, 25-22, 13-15. Pierre Vincent amassed 22 kills, while Scout Hollingsworth added 13 kills and four blocks.
The Panthers (7-5 overall record, 2-2 in league) are currently in third in the league standings behind Flintridge Prep and Chadwick, which are tied in first place. The Panthers will return to league action at Arcadia Rio Hondo Prep on Friday, April 8, at 5 p.m.

MARANATHA
The Minutemen defeated visiting Waverly, 25-6, 25-12, 22-25, 25-12, in a nonleague match last Friday as sophomore outside hitter Bryan Chi led Maranatha with 11 kills, 12 digs, six aces and three blocks. Freshman opposite hitter Chris Smith tallied 11 kills.
Senior middle hitter Landon Grohs posted six kills and seven blocks, senior outside hitter Samuel Li notched five kills, three digs, one block and junior middle blocker Charlie Li had three kills and three blocks. Junior libero Andrew Round tallied 18 digs, two kills and one ace, junior outside hitter Lucas Da costa registered three aces, nine digs and 12 assists, and junior opposite hitter Luke Deverian recorded one kill, six digs and 10 assists. Senior middle hitter Cole Demonteverde was credited with one kill and six digs, while senior outside hitter Eric Miles had 16 digs.
Maranatha previously competed in the eighth annual Spartan Classic tournament and finished with a 2-1 record in the single-day event last Wednesday. Maranatha swept Lakewood, 25-21, 25-16, and Garden Grove Orangewood Academy, 25-20, 25-18, but opened the tournament with a loss to Laguna Hills.
The visiting Minutemen swept Pomona in a nonleague matchup as Da costa led with eight kills and 20 digs. Junior middle hitter Alec Smith collected a team-high nine kills and six blocks, while Deverian amassed 33 assists, three aces and five kills. Bryan Chi recorded four kills, four aces and nine digs, Demonteverde had three kills, one ace and two digs, and Round tallied 14 digs, two kills and one ace. Grohs and Li finished with three and one kills, respectively.
Maranatha was swept by talented Flintridge Prep, 13-25, 14-25, 20-25, in a nonleague match. Da costa and Smith registered six and five kills, respectively, while Deverian added 14 assists and four digs. Li collected two kills, while Grohs, Demonteverde and Bryan Chi each finished with one kill.
The Minutemen (5-3 overall) are scheduled to host Sun Valley Village Christian in an Olympic League match on Tuesday, March 29, at 5:15 p.m.

ST. FRANCIS
The Golden Knights swept visiting Encino Crespi, 25-14, 25-20, 25-11, to open Mission League action last Tuesday. Freshman outside hitter Ryan Bender collected 12 kills and three digs, while senior captain Robert Nardoni registered 10 kills and six digs. Junior middle blocker James Clapp posted eight kills, one ace, three blocks and five digs, senior opposite hitter Vince Ciampa recorded five kills and four blocks, and junior setter Gabe Metcalf tallied 33 assists, seven digs, two aces and one kill. Senior middle hitter Ben Ferguson finished with four kills and three blocks, while junior middle blocker Blake Welsh and sophomore outside hitter Will Martinez each had one kill. Junior libero Drew Miller, junior libero Trevor Shackleton and junior setter Aj Lopez each notched five digs.
SFHS was swept at Redondo Union High of Redondo Beach, 22-25, 16-25, 20-25, in a nonleague match last Monday.
Clapp registered nine kills, Nardoni collected eight kills and four digs, and Metcalf posted 27 assists, four digs and two kills. Bender recorded seven kills and three digs, Martinez added three kills, and Welsh, Ciampa and Miller each notched one kill. Shackleton finished with two aces and four digs, while Lopez had four digs.
The Golden Knights competed in the Goleta Dos Pueblos Tournament and finished the one-day competition with a 3-1-1 record. SFHS lost its final match of the tournament to Santa Barbara, 30-24, as Bender and Nardoni each collected four kills. Clapp posted three kills, while Metcalf and Martinez had one kill each.
St. Francis swept Ojai Nordhoff, 25-17, 25-13, in its third tournament matchup as Nardoni and Clapp led with eight and six kills, respectively. Bender collected five kills, Ciampa tallied three kills and Martinez added two kills.
St. Francis registered a nonleague sweep over visiting Los Angeles Cathedral, 25-14, 25-19, 25-17, on Tuesday, March 8, as Nardoni posted 12 kills and 19 digs. Clapp and Bender recorded nine kills and six kills, respectively. Metcalf had 16 assists, four digs and two aces, while Lopez tallied 14 assists. Ciampa and Martinez each collected three kills, while Ferguson and Welsh finished with two and one kills, respectively.
The Golden Knights (10-4-1 overall, 1-0 in league) are scheduled to visit Mission Hills Alemany in a league match on Thursday, March 24, at 6 p.m.

LA SALLE
The Lancers edged visiting Long Beach St. Anthony in five games in their Del Rey League opener last Thursday. No individual statistics were reported to the Pasadena Outlook.
La Salle (4-9 overall, 1-0 in league) is scheduled to host La Puente Bishop Amat in a league game on Thursday, March 24, at 5 p.m.

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