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Rebels manage just enough in victory

October 01, 2004

Charles Rich

A circus-like atmosphere didn't surround the Flintridge Prep girls'

volleyball team shortly after it completed a sweep inside a facility

that resembled a circus tent.

Flintridge Prep Coach Sean Beattie didn't read his team the riot

act, but aired on the side of caution.

The Rebels took less than an hour to defeat host Rio Hondo Prep,

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25-9, 25-19, 25-23, in a Prep League match Thursday.

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BOX SCORE

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Flintridge Prep 25 25 25

Rio Hondo Prep 9 19 23

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FLINTRIDGE PREP

Fletcher 20 kills, 11 digs and 7 blocks, McCluggage 7 kills.

RIO HONDO PREP

Day 13 kills, Lammers 10 digs.

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Beattie saw several things that didn't sit well with him --

especially with the Rebels (6-0, 3-0 in league) set to meet visiting

Pasadena Poly at 4:30 p.m. today in another key league contest.

"We shanked a lot of balls, and we had a lot of missed serves,"

Beattie said. "I told them that we needed to come out and pound [Rio

Hondo Prep].

"We stopped playing in the second and third games, and my starters

let down.

"You do that against Pasadena Poly, and you'll be home in 20

minutes."

Flintridge Prep, ranked No. 7 in CIF Southern Section Division

IVA, received a match-best 20 kills, 11 digs and seven blocks from

senior middle blocker Lindsay Fletcher. Teammate Mary McCluggage

added seven kills.

Rio Hondo Prep, which has won two consecutive Division VA titles,

showed its championship form in the third game. The Kares (6-4, 0-4)

rallied to knot the game at 23 before the University of Miami-bound

Fletcher recorded two straight kills to close out the match.

Beattie said the Rebels will quickly turn their attention to

Pasadena Poly, which is ranked No. 6 in Division IVA.

"I think Pasadena Poly and us are toe-to-toe," Beattie said. "I

don't like having two matches on consecutive days, but you go out

there and get back on track."

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