Both teams entered the match tied for the top spot and undefeated in the league.
The Gaels (9-6, 4-1 in league play) came out in the first game as the aggressor. They quickly jumped ahead, 4-1, and held the lead all the way until the score was even at 10.
But in an instant, all that momentum slowly slipped away as the Jaguars (11-10, 5-0) took control of the game and the match.
Holy Family never held another lead the rest of the way.
Alverno, the eighth-ranked team in CIF Southern Section Division IV-A, continued to score for extended periods on an out-of-sync Holy Family squad, which couldn't seem to find an answer for the barrage of spikes.
"Key streaks in scoring is what killed us," Bringas said. "We need to kill those streaks before they build up."
A majority of those streaks came in the final two games.
The Gaels fell behind, 5-0, and trailed by as many as 22-8 in the second game.
In the third game, after being tied at 1, the Gaels surrendered 10 straight points and handed the game to the Jaguars.
"We started off good, but we got a little messy and that brought us down," said Gaels libero Racquel Valenzuela, who finished with 31 digs. "We need to have motivation and step up."
Leading the Gaels was Joanne Lacson, who finished with seven kills to go along with 20 digs. Alexandra Cruz (four kills) and Jasmin Viray (two kills) also contributed in the losing effort.
Most teams have to wait an extended amount of time for a shot at redemption.
The Gaels, however, get their chance Thursday when they face the Jaguars at the Glendale YMCA, due to a previous scheduling change.
Bringas is confident that his squad will come back strong.
"We showed that we can play with them," he said. "We can beat these guys.
"We'll come out and play a lot smarter." JONATHAN RABER
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