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First published in the Aug. 25 print issue of the Pasadena Outlook.


It was a three-peat for the Polytechnic varsity girls’ volleyball team, which won its third consecutive Poly Invitational on Saturday.
The Panthers never lost a set in their 32nd annual tournament and cruised to the championship by defeating Crescenta Valley High of La Crescenta, 25-22 and 25-21.
Emily Wen led Poly with 19 kills, 24 assists and eight digs while Cameilia Ding added four kills and six digs. Kathleen Hollingsworth notched three kills, while Maja Keatley and Tilde Keatley each had two kills. Caroline Holdsworth collected a team-high 36 assists, five digs and one ace, Bekah Hong produced eight assists, 14 digs and one ace and Cyanne Jones registered three assists, six digs and a pair of aces. Irina Alsoufiev tallied a pair of assists and seven digs, while Bella Duncan recorded a pair of digs.
Earlier that afternoon, Poly concluded pool play by sweeping Maranatha, 25-3, 25-15. Holdsworth collected 15 assists, six digs and one ace, while Ellie Chu tallied two kills, 12 assists, five digs and two aces. Tilde Keatley recorded four kills, Maja Keatley registered three kills and one dig, Wen produced three kills and one assist, Hollingsworth recorded two kills, and Duncan posted two kills and four aces. Lilie Henry tallied one kill, one dig and one ace, while Ding logged one kill and one dig. Alsoufiev registered five assists, six digs and three aces, Hong had one assist and four digs, Jones registered one assist and one dig, and Katie Sam had three digs and one ace.
The Panthers claimed a sweep in their second pool play matchup over Lancaster Paraclete, 25-11, 25-17. Wen produced 10 kills, 22 assists, seven digs and one assist, Ding posted six kills, seven digs and three aces, Tilde Keatley registered four kills and three digs, and Jones tallied four kills, three digs, one assist and one ace. Hollingsworth and Maja Keatley each had one kill. Holdsworth collected 26 assists, three digs and three aces, Hong posted six assists and 12 digs, Alsoufiev notched five digs and Duncan had one dig.
Poly opened tournament play bright and early in the morning with a sweep over San Gabriel, 25-12, 25-16. Chu registered seven kills, 23 assists, six digs and three aces, while Tilde Keatley and Maja Keatley had eight and two kills, respectively. Henry notched three kills, three digs, one assist and one ace, Hollingsworth produced three kills, one assist, two digs and one ace, and Jones posted two kills, one assist and one dig. Holdsworth tallied 20 assists, five digs and two aces, Alsoufiev recorded six assists, seven digs and two aces, Sam posted seven digs, and Hong collected four assists and six digs.
Poly (4-0 overall record) will host Providence High of Burbank in a Prep League matchup on Thursday, Aug. 25, at 3:30 p.m.


Maranatha senior Jada Dixon registered 27 kills and 13 digs in four matches during the Poly Invitational.

The Minutemen recently competed in the 32nd annual Poly Invitational on Saturday, finishing the one-day tournament with a 2-2 record and third place overall after defeating San Marino in a three-set battle, 25-23, 25-19, 15-5.
Senior Jada Dixon tallied a team-high 13 kills with three digs while sophomore Belen Casillas collected eight kills, three aces and 18 digs. Junior Lauren Nguyen recorded 15 assists, four kills, one ace and five digs, senior Phoebe Lim notched two kills and one block, junior Tori Coates produced 11 assists, one kill, two aces and four digs, and junior Julie Datema registered one kill and two digs. Junior Chidera Abaelu and sophomore Kayla Sartin each had one kill, while junior Kira Foster had eight digs.
Maranatha concluded pool play by losing to tournament host Polytechnic, 25-3, 25-15. Casillas tallied three kills and four digs, Nguyen collected one kill, one assist and four digs, and Dixon posted one kill and four digs. Coates produced one kill, three assists and one dig, Lim recorded one kill, three assists and three digs, and junior Alex Carrillo registered an ace.
The Minutemen picked up their first victory of the tournament by sweeping San Gabriel, 25-17, 25-23. Casillas led with nine kills, five aces and four digs, while Datema produced two kills and one block. Abaelu tallied two kills, junior Nicole Timour had two kills and three digs, and Nguyen registered nine assists one kill, one ace and one dig. Dixon notched one kill, one block and one dig, and Coates recorded seven assists, five aces, one kill and two digs. Foster and Lim posted four and three digs, respectively, while Carrillo had one dig.
Maranatha opened tournament play by falling to Paraclete in a three-set battle, 18-25, 25-22, 12-15, as Dixon collected 12 kills and five digs. Casillas produced 10 kills, three aces and 11 digs, while Nguyen posted 14 assists, two kills, three aces and eight digs. Lim tallied two kills and two digs, Abaelu had one kill, Carrillo registered eight digs, and Foster recorded one ace and 15 digs. Coates notched two aces and 13 assists, Sartin logged one block and Timour had 12 digs.
The Minutemen were previously swept at South Pasadena in their nonleague season-opener, 25-12, 25-8, 25-10, last Thursday. Casillas tallied one kill and three digs, Datema and Sartin each had one kill, and Nguyen tallied four digs and two assists. Dixon and Foster produced four and three digs, respectively, while Carrillo and Coates each had one dig. Abaelu registered one block and Timour posted one ace and two digs.
Maranatha (2-3 overall) will visit Whittier in a nonleague matchup on Thursday, Aug. 25, at 6 p.m.


Flintridge Prep’s Abbie Callaway (far side, dark jersey) posted 22 kills and 34 digs in five matches during the Hollywood Showcase Tournament.

The Wolves have won five of their first six matches to open the season, including recently taking four of five in the Hollywood Showcase Tournament at Providence High School on Thursday, Aug. 18, and Saturday, Aug. 20.
Flintridge Prep concluded tournament play with a 1-1 record on Saturday with its lone loss coming against the eventual champion Mary Star of the Sea of San Pedro, 25-20, 20-25, 15-13. The Wolves ended the day with a sweep over Glendale, 25-16, 25-16.
Flintridge Prep swept its three matches to open tournament play on Thursday by defeating Muir High of Pasadena, 25-18, 25-18, Holy Martyrs Armenian High of Encino, 25-18, 25-18, and Crossroads High of Santa Monica, 25-10, 26-24.
Abbie Callaway led the team with 22 kills and 34 digs in tournament play, while Amelia Bechthold tallied eight blocks. Jessica Powell was limited to only two matches on the final day but managed to produce 10 kills on 12 swings.
The Wolves previously defeated visiting Burbank in their nonleague season opener, 25-18, 20-25, 25-17, 25-16, last Tuesday. Callaway led the team with 12 kills and two aces, Clara Bassuk produced eight kills and two aces, and Bechthold notched five kills and one block. Marissa Halley and Lucy Liu each recorded two kills, Natalia Pradhan and Maddie Chiu each had one kill while the latter added an ace, and Angie Cheng and Jaleen Tseng each registered a pair of aces.
Flintridge Prep (5-1 overall) will open Prep League play by hosting Mayfield Senior on Thursday, Aug. 25, at 5:30 p.m.


The Tologs began the regular season by sweeping host San Marino in a nonleague match, 25-8, 25-11, 25-9, last Thursday.
Senior Nikki Garriola led FSHA with 11 kills and added four aces, five digs and one block, while junior Luisa Madrigal collected eight kills, three aces, five digs and one block. Junior Lindsey Du produced a team-high nine aces and 11 digs, senior Keira Limon tallied three kills, three aces and three blocks, and sophomore Piper Scherbert registered two kills, two aces, three blocks and one dig. Junior Veronica Udell recorded two kills and one dig, senior Erin Carney had one kill and two blocks, senior Emily Smith posted four aces, 10 assists and two digs, sophomore Ally Du registered 15 assists, two aces and two digs, and senior Charlotte Taylor had one ace and a pair of digs.
The Tologs (1-0 overall) will visit La Salle College Preparatory for a nonleague match on Thursday, Aug. 25, at 6:30 p.m.


Westridge’s Hannah La Porte recorded three digs and one ace in the Tigers’ season-opener.

The Tigers recently notched a thrilling five-set nonleague victory at Burbank, 25-11, 14-25, 24-26, 25-16, 15-7, last Friday. Individual statistics were unavailable to the Pasadena Outlook.
Westridge previously lost its nonleague season-opener over visiting Glendale, 25-23, 25-21, 19-25, 27-25, last Tuesday. Jade Ilas collected a team-high 22 kills with nine digs and two aces, Emery Fishbach produced 10 kills and one ace, and Jordan Boskovich tallied 39 assists, three aces, one kill and nine digs. Isabel De Leon notched three kills and one ace, Jordan Chavis had one kill, Ashley Zhang registered a team-high 16 digs, and Hannah La Porte recorded one ace and three digs. Lily Johnson produced three aces, one kill and 13 digs, Lucia Flores-Rojas posted four aces and nine digs, and Willow Nauber had two kills, one assist and one block.
The Tigers (1-1 overall) will visit Arcadia for a nonleague matchup on Thursday, Aug. 25, at 3:30 p.m. before a Prep League match at Mayfield Senior on Friday, Aug. 26, at 5:30 p.m.


La Salle’s Georgia Longhurst (No. 17) and Jocelyn Allen (14) elevate at the net to block a Glendora player’s kill attempt.

The Lancers recently lost a nonleague road matchup at Arcadia, 25-17, 25-20, 25-21, on Monday, Aug. 22.
Avery Ward collected 13 kills, two aces and three digs, while Holly Rettig produced six kills, two aces and eight digs. Jadelyn Sherman tallied three kills, 10 assists and an ace, Georgia Longhurst one kill and two digs, and Ava Alvarado had 15 digs, three assists and one ace. Jazline Hernandez had nine assists, two aces and eight digs, while Maya Eriksson and Talia Ettinger finished with two and one digs, respectively.
La Salle lost its first match of the season after being swept by visiting Glendora, 25-16, 25-16, 25-6, last Thursday. La Salle previously won its season-opener over visiting Cabrillo High of Long Beach, 25-19, 18-25, 25-22, 25-15, on Aug. 13. Individual statistics were not reported to the Pasadena Outlook.
The Lancers (1-2 overall) will host Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy in a nonleague matchup on Thursday, Aug. 25, at 6:30 p.m.

The Cubs were swept in their home opener against visiting Alemany High of Mission Hills, 25-14, 25-18, 25-23, last Thursday. No individual statistics were reported to the Pasadena Outlook.
Mayfield Senior (0-1 overall) will open Prep League play by traveling to Flintridge Prep on Thursday, Aug. 25, at 5:30 p.m.

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