Mayfield, Polytechnic Sit Atop League Standings

(Photos by Sebastian Moore / OUTLOOK) - Mayfield Senior’s Audrey Nuckols produced 22 kills over her last three matches to help the Cubs remain undefeated in Prep League play.

First published in the Sept. 22 print issue of the Pasadena Outlook.

The Mayfield Senior varsity girls’ volleyball team won its ninth straight match and remained undefeated in Prep League play after sweeping visiting Rio Hondo Prep of Arcadia, 25-17, 25-13, 25-20, on Saturday.
Annelise Rising carried the offensive load by collecting a match-high 18 kills and an ace with a pair of digs and a block on defense.
“I thought I did pretty good but I think we all played really well today, so that was really nice,” Rising said. “I think it’s cool [being undefeated] because this year everyone has the same mentality. I feel like we all want to win and have the best season we can.”
Audrey Nuckols had a fine outing, posting 10 kills, eight blocks, four aces and three digs.
“Audrey is a stud sophomore. When Annelise is gone, she’s going to be one kid that gets the torch passed to,” Mayfield head coach Hugo Ayala said. “Audrey is playing great. She was the middle last year, she played outside for club and this year she’s playing opposite for us. She’s a great kid because she’s not complaining about where she’s playing, she says, ‘Yes coach,’ and works hard at it.”
Holly Hillman tallied 25 assists, five aces one kill and a pair of digs, Kate Grinnell finished with three kills and three blocks, and Kayla Bandow notched three kills, two aces, one block and one dig. Michelle Guillen produced three aces, four digs and one assist, while Wendy Waite recorded one kill, one assist and four blocks. Eva Trujillo registered five assists, Venezia Podesta had one ace, and Jessica Choi logged one assist and one dig.
The Cubs continued their league dominance by sweeping host Providence High in Burbank, 25-9, 25-22, 25-22, last Thursday. Rising led with 13 kills, Bandow collected six kills and four digs, and Nuckols finished with five kills and a pair of aces. Choi registered four kills and two aces, Trujillo posted three kills, two aces and eight digs, and Waite had three kills. Hillman recorded 31 assists, one kill, one ace and four digs, while Guillen produced 16 digs and one ace. Podesta tallied three digs and Kaitlyn Espinoza had two digs.
Mayfield started its three-match sweep streak by defeating visiting Palos Verdes Chadwick, 25-14, 25-13, 25-23, last Tuesday, as Rising led with 14 kills, two aces and five digs. Bandow produced 10 kills and three digs, Nuckols tallied seven kills, three aces and four digs, and Megan Lee registered three kills. Hillman had 18 assists, five aces, one kill and four digs, while Trujillo recorded 12 assists and one kill. Choi posted one kill, three assists and three digs, Guillen had one kill and four digs, and Waite finished with one kill.
The Cubs previously defeated powerhouse Polytechnic, 25-18, 25-23, 16-25, 25-15, moving into sole possession of first in the league standings.
Mayfield (9-1 overall, 7-0 in league) will compete in the two-day Crescenta Valley Tournament on Friday, Sept. 23, and Saturday, Sept. 24.


Poly’s Ellie Chu tallied six assists and one dig to help the Panthers defeat visiting Rio Hondo Prep of Arcadia.

The Panthers secured a Prep League victory at Westridge School, 13-25, 25-14, 25-20, 25-23, last Thursday.
Emily Wen led with 17 kills, 41 assists, six digs and one ace, while Caroline Holdsworth amassed 47 assists, five digs and three aces. Cyanne Jones tallied 10 kills, four aces, three digs and two blocks, while Bekah Hong racked up 20 digs, 10 assists and one ace. Cameilia Ding collected six kills and six digs, Kathleen Hollingsworth recorded five kills and two digs and Tilde Keatley had three kills. Bella Duncan produced one kill, two aces, two digs and one block, Olivia Ip finished with one kill and two digs, and Irina Alsoufiev posted four digs, one ace and one assist.
Poly defeated visiting Rio Hondo Prep of Arcadia, 13-25, 25-14, 25-20, 25-23, in a league match last Tuesday, as Wen chipped in 24 kills, 33 assists, six digs, four blocks and three aces. Holdsworth amassed 74 assists, 10 digs and two aces, Ip had nine kills and Ding posted eight kills, five digs and one ace. Hong collected 12 digs and 10 assists, Jones collected five kills, four blocks, two digs and one ace, and Duncan registered two kills, two blocks and one ace. Alsoufiev produced 11 digs, four aces and three assists, Ellie Chu tallied six assists and one dig, and Hollingsworth had one kill, two blocks and one dig. Lilie Henry notched one kill, Tilde Keatley had one ace and one dig, Katie Sam recorded two digs, and Maja Keatley logged one block.
The Panthers defeated Campbell Hall of North Hollywood, 25-22, 25-22, 11-25, 25-20, in a nonleague matchup on Sept. 10, as Wen produced 18 kills, 42 assists, eight digs and one ace. Holdsworth racked up 59 assists, Jones registered nine kills, two blocks, three digs and two aces, and Hong collected 19 digs, 10 assists and five aces. Ding tallied five kills, seven digs, two aces and two blocks, Maja Keatley notched four kills, and Tilde Keatley had two kills, four blocks and six digs. Duncan finished with six blocks, Alsoufiev recorded six digs and Hollingsworth posted one kill.
Poly lost its first match of the season, falling to host Mayfield Senior, 25-18, 25-23, 16-25, 25-15, in a league contest on Sept. 8. Wen collected 13 kills, 27 assists and 10 digs, Holdsworth recorded 29 assists and five digs, and Hong finished with 16 digs and five assists. Jones tallied seven kills, four blocks and three digs, Ding posted three kills and six digs, Tilde Keatley had two kills and three blocks, and Duncan registered two kills, two blocks and one dig. Alsoufiev produced five digs and three assists, while Maja Keatley had one kill.
The Panthers previously swept host Palos Verdes Chadwick, 25-15, 25-17, 25-20.
Poly (11-1 overall, 6-1 in league) will resume league action by hosting Chadwick in a rematch on Thursday, Sept. 29, at 3:45 p.m.


Maranatha junior Kira Foster averaged 8.3 digs over her last 10 matches, including a season-high 26 digs against Arcadia earlier in the month.

The Minutemen moved to 0-2 in Olympic League action after falling at Whittier Christian High in La Habra, 3-2, last Thursday.
Maranatha was swept by visiting Village Christian High of Sun Valley, 25-15, 25-14, 25-18, in a league matchup last Tuesday. Sophomore Belen Casillas collected eight kills, seven digs and one ace, while junior Nicole Timour tallied four kills and 11 digs. Junior Lauren Nguyen tallied 18 assists, eight digs, one ace and two blocks, senior Jada Dixon registered four kills and two digs, and junior Kira Foster posted 10 digs. Senior Phoebe Lim posted one kill and four digs, sophomore Kayla Sartin produced one kill, one block and two digs, junior Tori Coates recorded one ace and three digs, and junior Chidera Abaelu had one dig.
The Minutemen previously competed in the two-day Whittier High Tournament on between Sept. 9-10, finishing with a 3-3 record. Maranatha picked up its lone win on the second day of tournament play by edging St. Anthony High of Long Beach, 17-25, 26-24, 15-12. Casillas led with eight kills and one ace, while Timour collected five kills and five aces. Dixon finished with seven kills, Nguyen registered 23 assists, and Lim had two kills. Sartin tallied one kill, Foster posted a pair of aces and Coates notched one ace.
The Minutemen lost to Xavier Prep High of Palm Desert, 25-16, 25-13, earlier on Saturday, as Nguyen posted two kills, three aces, five digs and 11 assists. Casillas tallied four kills and six digs, Dixon recorded three kills, and Timour produced two kills and five digs. Lim registered one kill, Coates had one ace and Foster finished with five digs.
Maranatha opened the second day of tournament play on Saturday with a 25-16, 25-19 loss to Los Altos High of Hacienda Heights. Dixon produced a team-high six kills, Casillas added four kills, three aces and five digs, and Timour posted two kills, three aces and eight digs. Nguyen collected 15 assists and nine digs, while Sartin had three kills.
The Minutemen ended the first day of tournament play on Friday with a 25-16, 25-8 sweep over Bishop Conaty-Loretto High of Los Angeles, as Casillas racked up a team-high 10 kills. Dixon posted three kills and three aces, Coates registered four aces and one kill, and Timour had three kills. Abaelu and Lim each recorded one kill, while junior Alex Carrillo finished with one ace.
Maranatha picked up its first tournament win by sweeping Arroyo Valley High of San Bernardino, 25-13, 25-6, earlier on Friday. Nguyen amassed 30 assists and seven aces, while Casillas collected 12 kills. Dixon and Timour finished with eight and seven kills, respectively, Lim tallied three kills, and junior Julie Datema had one ace.
The Minutemen opened the tournament by falling to Los Alamitos, 25-4, 25-8, on Friday. Casillas had three kills, while Nguyen produced a pair of assists and an ace. Dixon Sartin and Timour each finished with one dig.
Maranatha previously swept host Wilson High in Los Angeles, 25-7, 25-9, 25-8, in a nonleague match on Sept. 7. Casillas collected nine kills and six aces, Timour tallied six kills and five aces, and Abaelu registered six kills and one ace. Dixon posted five kills, Nguyen recorded 22 assists, three aces and one kill, and Coates produced 11 assists and one kill. Carrillo finished with four aces, Foster notched 11 digs, and Datema and Sartin had two and one kills, respectively.
The Minutemen previously lost a five-set nonleague matchup at Arcadia, 25-17, 25-23, 21-25, 21-25, 15-6, as Casillas tallied 17 kills, 14 digs and five aces. Timour produced eight kills, 11 digs and four aces, Nguyen amassed 31 assists, 14 digs and two kills, and Foster collected 26 digs and two aces. Dixon finished with four kills, while Lim had two kills.
Maranatha (9-10 overall, 0-2 in league) will host South Hills High of West Covina in a nonleague matchup on Thursday, Sept. 22, at 6:15 p.m.


FSHA senior Charlotte Taylor averaged 5.2 digs over her last nine matches.

The Tologs traveled to Las Vegas last weekend to compete in the Durango Fall Classic on Sept. 16-17, finishing with a 2-5 record.
FSHA lost its last matchup of the tournament against Centennial/Meadows High of Las Vegas, 25-21, 25-21, on Saturday, as senior Nikki Garriola collected seven kills, 11 digs and two aces. Junior Luisa Madrigal had four kills, four digs and two blocks, junior Mikayla Hsieh produced four kills, nine digs and eight assists, and junior Veronica Udell recorded four kills. Sophomore Piper Scherbert tallied one kill, senior Charlotte Taylor finished with three digs, and junior Lindsey Du registered 16 digs and one ace. Sophomore Ally Du posted four digs and eight assists, while senior Keira Limon registered one block and one dig.
The Tologs swept Durango High of Las Vegas, 25-22, 25-18, earlier on Saturday. Garriola had seven kills, eight digs and two aces, while Udell tallied seven kills, two blocks and two digs. Madrigal posted five kills and seven digs, Hsieh recorded 15 assists, eight digs, one kill and two aces, and Scherbert finished with one kill, one block and one dig. Taylor had 12 digs, Lindsey registered Du seven digs and one ace, and Ally Du collected five assists and one dig.
FSHA won its first tournament match by defeating Rancho High of Las Vegas, 25-12, 25-11, earlier on Saturday. Garriola tallied seven kills and 10 digs, while Madrigal produced six kills and nine digs. Udell had four kills, senior Emily Smith registered two kills, and Hsieh collected 11 assists, two kills and four digs. Limon finished with six aces, one kill and two digs, Lindsey Du recorded two aces and four digs, Ally Du notched eight assists and Scherbert posted two blocks.
Flintridge Sacred Heart lost its opening match on the second day of tournament play after falling to Rancho Cucamonga, 25-18, 21-25, 25-21, as Garriola collected nine kills, nine digs and two aces. Madrigal tallied six kills and three digs, while Scherbert registered five kills and three blocks. Udell posted three kills and four digs, Hsieh recorded three kills, 10 digs and eight assists, and Ally Du produced 12 assists and seven digs. Lindsey Du finished with 11 digs, Taylor had six digs and one ace, and Limon notched two blocks and one dig.
The Tologs ended the first day of tournament play after falling to Punahou High of Honolulu, Hawaii, 25-7, 25-8, on Friday. Garriola produced three kills and 10 digs, while Udell posted four kills. Scherbert registered one kill and one dig, Hsieh recorded five assists, one kill and three digs, and Lindsey Du had six digs. Ally Du tallied three digs, three assists and one ace, while Madrigal and Taylor finished with four and two digs, respectively.
FSHA lost its second matchup of the tournament after falling to Los Alamitos, 26-24, 25-14, earlier on Friday. Madrigal recorded five kills and two digs, Hsieh had three kills, eight digs and two aces and Garriola registered three kills, two digs and one ace. Udell collected three kills, one block and one dig, Ally Du tallied five assists, two aces and four digs, and Lindsey Du finished with 11 digs. Scherbert notched two kills and two digs, while Taylor produced three digs. Lindsey Du logged eight digs and one ace, Smith had six digs and five assists, Ally Du added five digs and three assists, and Taylor had eight digs.
Flintridge Sacred Heart opened the tournament play by falling to Liberty High of Bakersfield, 25-23, 25-22, on Friday. Garriola registered three kills, nine digs and two blocks, Madrigal posted three kills and three digs, Udell tallied two kills and three digs, and Hsieh produced two kills and two digs.
The Tologs won their Angeles League opener at Immaculate Heart High in Los Angeles, 20-25, 25-16, 25-22, 25-11, on Sept. 12, as Garriola picked up team-high marks in aces (four) and digs (17) while adding nine kills and two blocks.
Madrigal collected a team team-high 10 kills and a pair of digs, while Smith amassed a team-high 20 assists, five digs and two aces. Scherbert posted seven kills and one block, Udell registered six kills and three blocks, and Limon produced five kills, two aces, two blocks and three digs. Lindsey Du finished with 12 digs and three assists, while Ally Du recorded eight assists, four digs and two aces. Taylor tallied three aces and six digs, and senior Erin Carney had one block.
FSHA lost a nonleague matchup against visiting Marlborough High of Los Angeles, 20-25, 25-17, 25-20, 14-25, 15-9, as Garriola amassed a team-high 14 kills, 13 digs, three aces and two blocks. Madrigal tallied three kills, four blocks, nine digs and one ace, and Scherbert notched three kills, three blocks and two digs. Limon posted two kills, two blocks and four digs, while Udell registered one kill, one ace and four digs. Ally Du produced 10 assists, six digs and two aces, Lindsey Du finished with 14 digs, three assists and one ace, and Smith recorded eight assists, six digs and two aces. Taylor collected three digs and one ace, while Carney had two digs.
Flintridge Sacred Heart (7-9 overall, 1-0 in league) will host Chaminade High of West Hills in a league match on Thursday, Sept. 22, at 6 p.m.


La Salle’s Ava Alvarado collected 21 digs in six matches at the Durango Fall Classic in Las Vegas.

The Lancers competed in the two-day Durango Fall Classic in Las Vegas last weekend.
The Lancers lost on Saturday against Ironwood Ridge of Tucson, Arizona, 25-6, 23-25, 25-15, as Avery Ward collected nine kills. Holly Rettig tallied eight kills, five digs and one ace, while Jazline Hernandez and Maya Eriksson each had eight assists and two digs. Adrienne Fuentes posted two kills, Ava Alvarado produced nine digs, one assist and one ace, and Samira Johnson registered one ace and three digs. Georgia Longhurst notched one dig and two blocks, Jocelyn Allen finished with two digs and one block, and Emily Lavin recorded one block.
The Lancers lost against Foothill High of Santa Ana, 25-22, 22-25, 25-14, earlier on Saturday, as Ward led with 11 kills and seven digs. Rettig collected seven kills and two digs, Fuentes had three kills, and Alvarado tallied four aces, five digs, one kill and two assists. Eriksson registered 10 assists, one ace and four digs, while Hernandez produced seven assists, three aces and two digs. Johnson finished with four digs, Longhurst recorded one dig and Allen posted one block.
La Salle opened the second day of tournament play by falling to Moapa Valley High of Overton, Nevada, 25-13, 25-22. Ward and Rettig posted four and two kills, respectively, while Johnson tallied seven digs.
The Lancers ended the first day of tournament play by falling to Beckman High of Irvine, 25-7, 25-15. Hernandez registered two kills and four digs, Longhurst posted a pair of kills, Rettig had one kill and one dig, and Lavin finished with one kill
La Salle lost its second tournament match to Marin Catholic of Kentfield, 25-21, 25-12. Ward collected five kills, Rettig recorded one kill, and Eriksson and Hernandez had three and two aces, respectively.
The Lancers opened their weekend tournament by falling to Assumption High of Louisville, Kentucky, 25-11, 25-16. Ward, Rettig and Longhurst each notched one kill, while Alvarado had one ace.
Before the tournament, La Salle lost a Del Rey League matchup to visiting Mary Star of the Sea of San Pedro, 25-21, 25-19, 25-19. Ward produced 12 kills, five aces and three digs, while Rettig finished with eight kills and eight digs. Longhurst tallied three kills and two digs, Alvarado registered eight digs, and Fuentes had one kill and one block.
The Lancers also suffered losses at La Cañada, 25-16, 25-10, 25-8, and at Marlborough High in Los Angeles, 25-13, 25-21, 25-15, the previous week.
La Salle (2-18 overall, 0-1 in league) will host St. Joseph High of Lakewood in a league contest on Thursday, Sept. 22, at 6 p.m.


Flintridge Prep’s Jaleen Tseng finished with three aces to help the Wolves sweep visiting Providence High of Burbank in a Prep League match.

The Wolves have been idle since collecting a Prep League sweep over visiting Providence High of Burbank, 25-10, 25-15, 25-18, on Friday, Sept. 10. Abbie Callaway led with 14 kills and six aces, Jessica Powell posted 10 kills and a block, and Amelia Bechthold tallied seven kills and a block. Lucy Liu produced five aces and a pair of blocks, while Marissa Halley and Jaleen Tseng each finished with eight digs and three aces.
The Wolves (9-4 overall, 2-3 in league) previously lost a league matchup at Westridge School, 25-19, 25-16, 24-26, 25-21, as Callaway racked up 23 kills and nine digs. Powell had eight kills and one block, Halley recorded 18 digs and five aces, and Ashlyn Nam notched five aces.
Flintridge Prep will host Glendale in a nonleague match on Friday, Sept. 23, at 3:30 p.m.


Westridge’s Isabel De Leon and the Tigers finished the Gabrielino Tournament with a 3-1 record.

The Tigers lost a Prep League match against visiting Polytechnic, 13-25, 25-14, 25-20, 25-23, last Thursday, after defeating host Providence High in Burbank, 25-12, 25-15, 25-21, last Tuesday.
Westridge wrapped up action at the two-day Gabrielino Tournament between Sept. 9-10, competing in the Gold Division bracket and finishing with a 3-1 record.
Westridge ended tournament play by defeating Taft High of Woodland Hills, 25-23, 19-25, 16-25, 25-22, 15-13, after falling to Walnut, 25-14, 25-19, 25-22, on Sept. 10.
The Tigers secured a league victory over visiting Flintridge Prep of La Cañada, 25-19, 25-16, 24-26, 25-11, on Sept. 8.
Westridge picked up a pair of victories on the first day of the Gabrielino Tournament on Sept. 7, defeating Gabrielino High of San Gabriel, 19-25, 25-14, 25-13, 25-9, and Covina, 25-11, 25-19, 25-8. No individual statistics were reported to the Outlook.
The Tigers (7-6 overall, 3-3 in league) will resume league action by visiting Rio Hondo Prep in Arcadia for a rematch on Thursday, Sept. 22, at 4:45 p.m. Westridge previously swept Rio Hondo Prep, 25-14, 30-28, 25-18, last month.