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Tologs coast to home win

Volleyball: Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy sweeps aside Marlborough in nonleague match.

September 29, 2007|By Charles Rich

LA CAÑADA FINTRIDGE — With the formidable nonleague portion of their schedule just about complete, the members of the Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy are about ready to move on to bigger things.

Winning a fifth consecutive Mission League title would be one of them.

The Tologs received 28 assists and eight digs from senior setter Sam Orlandini and 12 kills and nine digs from senior outside hitter Katie Condon to post a resounding 25-14, 25-14, 25-15 nonleague home victory against Marlborough on Friday night.

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, ranked No. 2 in CIF Southern Section Division I-A behind Marymount, improved to 8-2 this season.

The Tologs, who have won five consecutive matches, will compete in the prestigious Royal Tournament today before beginning league play at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday against visiting Sherman Oaks Notre Dame.

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“I’m really happy, because our preseason schedule was a lot tougher than our league schedule [will be],” said Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy Coach Shelli Orlandini, whose team shared the league crown with rival Harvard-Westlake last season. “We played in some tough tournaments, and we got the chance to see what we’ll get to see again in the postseason.

“We like to come out strong to start the season. We know that Harvard-Westlake and Notre Dame will be challenges.”

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, which advanced to the semifinals last season, recorded its second sweep of the year. Its first came Sept. 14 against host La Cañada.

They needed about an hour to sweep aside Marlborough (6-3).

The Mustangs didn’t have the experience to match up evenly with the Tologs, who got 15 digs from junior libero Jenna Orlandini and seven kills from freshman middle blocker Camille Coffey.

“Our biggest asset so far has been our consistency,” Shelli Orlandini said. “Our passing, defense and keeping the ball in play have been strong.

“We don’t give away easy points.”

The Tologs didn’t come close to surrendering any easy points Friday.

They also never trailed in the match.

Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy ripped off nine consecutive points to grab a 12-1 lead in the first game, which it closed out on a kill by Coffey.

A kill by Condon clinched the second and third games for Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, which finished with five aces.

Jenna Orlandini had three aces in the first game, and Condon and Sam Orlandini, the reigning All-Area Player of the Year, notched one apiece.


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