Crescenta Valley sweeps pool play

Volleyball: Undefeated run through first day of host tournament has Falcons boys focused on title today.

May 01, 2010|By Gabriel Rizk

LA CRESCENTA — The tone was set for a run at the championship in its own tournament today when the Crescenta Valley High boys’ volleyball team capped an unbeaten run through pool play of the 2010 Crescenta Valley Varsity Tournament with a comeback win over two-time defending tournament champion Quartz Hill on Friday night.

The Falcons overcame a loss in the first game of the best-of-three match, as well as an early deficit in the final game, to post a 21-25, 25-23, 15-13 victory over the sixth-ranked team in CIF Southern Section Division III.

“We just all started having fun,” said Falcons senior outside hitter Trevor La Fountaine, who had two kills and an ace in the final game. “We were having fun in the first game, but we couldn’t come back. We got together for the second game and picked up the intensity and we were all able to try our best.”


Crescenta Valley got a team-high eight kills from senior opposite Connor Smith and four from senior middle Eric Boyd.

Quartz Hill began to pull away midway through the first game and led by as many as seven down the stretch.

“We thought they were definitely gonna be a battle, we knew that,” La Fountaine said.

It was different Falcons team that came out for the second game, though, as Crescenta Valley jumped out to a 10-5 lead on a kill by Simon Lee.

Quartz Hill threatened late, pulling to within 21-19 before back-to-back kills from Smith and Skyler Shapiro bolstered the Falcons’ lead.

Three straight Falcons errors allowed Quartz Hill to pull within 24-23 before losing on a touch out.

Smith and Shapiro came up with game-tying kills late in the dramatic final game, in which the Falcons trailed, 8-5, earlier and Smith put down a big kill for the clinching point.

Crescenta Valley, which will open play in the Gold championship playoff bracket at 10:30 a.m. today, defeated South Pasadena, 25-12, 25-25, and Brentwood, 25-19, 25-17, in pool play earlier on Friday.

St. Francis, which will play in the Silver playoff bracket today, lost to Temple City, 25-17, 28-26, to Burroughs, 25-20, 25-13, and to Montebello, 25-23, 25-16, in pool play on Friday.

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