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Volleyball: Flintridge Prep boys rally for five-game win against rival Chadwick.

April 21, 2010|By Charles Rich

LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE — On the cusp of falling out of first place, the members of the Flintridge Prep boys’ volleyball team regained their composure in the nick of time.

The Rebels turned to their top player to help stage a late rally and pull off their biggest win of the season.

Kenyatta Smith finished with 14 kills, including four in the decisive fifth game, to help spur host Flintridge Prep to a 25-18, 22-25, 20-25, 25-15, 15-13 Prep League victory against Chadwick on Tuesday afternoon.

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Flintridge Prep (11-5 and 4-0 in league) overcame a 13-10 deficit in the final game to edge Chadwick (11-7, 3-1). The Dolphins, who have won four league championships in a row, and Flintridge Prep will meet again May 6 at Chadwick.

“They have the potential and we have the potential,” said Flintridge Prep Coach Sean Beattie, whose team is ranked third in CIF Southern Section Division V. “In the end, it came down to whoever made the fewest errors.

“Kenyatta made some plays and you ask yourself how did he do that? He got some points for us and that helped jump start the team.”

The Dolphins, ranked sixth in the division, took a 13-10 lead on a kill by Ryan Hood before Smith and the Rebels got back on track. Smith, a junior middle blocker and a reigning All-Area member in basketball and volleyball, recorded two straight kills to bring Flintridge Prep to within 13-12. Smith’s second kill in that stretch landed on the end line.

Smith then gave the Rebels a 14-13 lead with a kill before a hitting error clinched the victory.

“The coaches told us to get pumped,” said Smith, who had eight blocks. “We had lost a little momentum in the second and third games and we knew we couldn’t ease up anymore going into the fifth game.”

In the fourth game, Flintridge Prep used a 14-2 run to take a 24-12 lead before tying the match at two.

The third game saw the Dolphins take control midway, as they grabbed a 21-15 lead and never looked back. In the second game, Flintridge Prep held a 20-14 lead on a kill by Edmund Chow. However, the Dolphins closed out on a 11-2 run.

Flintridge Prep led throughout the first game, as it took a 19-13 lead on a kill by Chow. Chow finished with a team-high 15 kills for the Rebels, who got four aces from Phillip Montoya and 33 assists from Kieran Mulroy.

Chadwick Coach Michael Cass said he expected a tough encounter.

“Sean’s guys are always ready,” Cass said. “They were tougher down the stretch.

“My hope is they are 7-0 and we are 6-1 going into the last game and we beat them to tie for league.”


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