Poly, Flintridge Prep Eliminated in CIF Playoffs

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(Photo by Sebastian Moore / OUTLOOK) - The Polytechnic varsity boys’ volleyball team includes Bardia Vincent (front row, from left), Jared Gray, Andrew Thein, Emerson Min, Pierre Vincent and Justin Wang. Back: Roy Otamura, Cole Mallinger, Scout Hollingsworth, Martin Ladekarl, Alejandro Ceva and head coach Katrina Damasco-Dicipulo.

First published in the May 5 print issue of the Pasadena Outlook.

The Polytechnic varsity boys’ volleyball team was eliminated in the first round of the CIF-SS Division V postseason after falling at Fairmont Prep of Anaheim, 25-14, 25-17, 23-25, 25-21, last Thursday.
The Panthers finished the season third in the Prep League standings with a 4-4 record (11-8 overall). Poly previously swept host West Covina, 3-0, in a CIF wildcard match on Tuesday, April 26.
The Panthers picked up a nonleague sweep over visiting Alhambra, 25-20, 25-15, 25-20, in their regular-season finale last Thursday after sweeping host Chadwick School in the Palos Verdes Peninsula, 25-15, 25-19, 25-23, earlier in the week. No individual statistics were reported to the Pasadena Outlook.

FLINTRIDGE PREP
The Wolves were eliminated in the first round of the CIF-SS Division IV after falling to visiting Pacifica Christian High of Orange County, 25-23, 28-26, 25-22, last Thursday. Flintridge Prep finished as outright Prep League champions with a perfect 8-0 record (20-6 overall).
The Wolves previously lost a nonleague match at La Cañada, 25-21, 36-34, 20-25, 25-22, in its regular-season finale. Flintridge Prep was also beaten at neighboring St. Francis High of La Cañada Flintridge, 25-21, 25-21, 25-15, in a nonleague match on Wednesday, April 20. No individual statistics were reported to the Pasadena Outlook.

ST. FRANCIS
The Golden Knights won their CIF-SS Division II second-round matchup over visiting San Clemente, 25-23, 25-23, 25-19, on Saturday. SFHS, which finished the season third in the Mission League standings with a 4-2 record (22-6-1 overall), advanced to the quarterfinal round and played host Thousand Oaks last night; the result was unavailable by the Pasadena Outlook’s press deadline. If victorious, the Golden Knights would advance to the semifinal round to meet either Servite High of Anaheim (21-9 overall) or Canyon High of Anaheim (19-3 overall) on Saturday, May 7, at 6 p.m.
Senior Robert Nardoni collected 11 kills, three blocks and 15 digs, sophomore Titus Rodz posted 11 kills, two blocks and five digs, and junior Travis Brown tallied 10 kills, one ace, two blocks and 12 digs. Junior Gabe Metcalf registered two kills, two blocks, 10 digs and 30 assists, senior Mason Hasbrouck recorded three kills and two blocks, and junior Trevor Shackleton produced eight digs and three aces. Junior Blake Welsh had five blocks, while juniors Drew Miller and Aidan Lopez each finished with one ace.
St. Francis opened its CIF postseason run by sweeping Warren High of Downey, 25-14, 25-13, 25-19, in the first round last Thursday. Nardoni amassed 14 kills, seven digs, one ace and three blocks, while Brown collected eight kills and four digs. Welsh posted five kills and four blocks, Hasbrouck registered three kills and two blocks, and sophomore Will Martinez tallied three kills. Rodz recorded two kills, one ace and 12 digs, Metcalf finished with one kill, three blocks, 11 digs and 30 assists, senior Vince Ciampa had one kill and two digs, and freshman Ryan Bender produced one kill and one block.
The Golden Knights recently competed in the Redondo Varsity Classic last weekend, finishing the two-day tournament with a 2-4 record.
SFHS was edged in its tournament and regular-season finale by Sanger, 25-19, 20-25, 7-15, after falling to Capistrano Valley High of Mission Viejo, 2-0, and Capistrano Valley Christian High of San Juan Capistrano, 16-25, 22-25.

LA SALLE
The Lancers were eliminated from the CIF-SS Division III postseason after falling to visiting Hart High of Newhall, 20-25, 25-12, 25-19, 25-23, in a wildcard round matchup last Tuesday. La Salle finished the season third in the Del Rey League standings with a 4-4 record (7-14 overall).
Senior Will Lieberg posted 18 assists and five kills, senior Robert Raymundo collected nine kills, two aces and 16 digs, and senior Eamon Binns added six kills and three solo blocks to lead the Lancers.

MARANATHA
The Minutemen concluded the regular season by losing at Valley Christian High of Cerritos, 25-13, 25-7, 25-14, in an Olympic League match. Maranatha finished fourth in the league standings with a 1-5 record (5-9 overall).
Despite missing the postseason, the Minutemen had several individual highlights on the season. Junior Lucas Da costa amassed 85 kills (2.3 kills per set), 17 aces, 127 digs and 25 assists. Junior Alec Smith collected 64 kills (2.3 kills per set), seven aces and 44 total blocks. Sophomore Bryan Chi posted 55 kills, 26 aces, 20 total blocks and 78 digs, senior Landon Grohs tallied 27 kills and 42 total blocks, and senior Cole Demonteverde registered 17 kills, six aces, 29 total blocks and 30 digs. Junior Luke Deverian finished with 220 assists, 13 kills, eight aces, 30 total blocks and 69 digs, junior Andrew Round had 12 kills, nine aces and 114 digs, freshman Chris Smith tallied 11 kills, senior Samuel Li registered 10 kills and 12 digs, and junior Charlie Li produced six kills, two aces and nine total blocks.