Flintridge Prep received seven kills apiece from Kenyatta Smith and Edmund Chow, but it wasn’t nearly enough as host Chadwick rallied for a 17-25, 25-11, 25-7, 25-21 league home victory.
Flintridge Prep dropped to 15-7 and 6-2 in league. Chadwick, which has won or shared the past five league titles, improved to 15-10 and 6-2.
If Pasadena Poly (5-2 in league) tops Rio Hondo Prep in its league finale today, there would be a three-way tie for first.
“We came out on fire in the first game, and then we came out completely flat in the second game,” said Beattie, whose team earned a share of the league title for the first time since 2003. “We are still trying to figure out what happened in the second and third games.
“We were down, 9-0, in the second game because we shanked some passes. In the third game, we were even worse. We were trailing, 12-1, because we were hitting a good 10 feet out of bounds.”
Flintridge Prep, ranked No. 7 in the latest CIF Southern Section Division V poll, posted a five-game victory against the Dolphins (ninth in the division) in the first meeting. Flintridge Prep earned a 25-18, 22-25, 20-25, 25-15, 15-13 home victory April 20.
The Rebels, who have advanced to the semifinals three times since 2005, couldn’t mount a similar rally Thursday.
“It’s the weirdest thing,” said Beattie, whose squad reached the semifinals last season before falling to powerhouse St. Margaret’s. “With those two middle games, they were the two worst games we’ve played all year.
“It was odd to see everything all go wrong at the same time. It all added up quickly. We played well in the first game and much better in the fourth game.”
The CIF office will unveil its playoff brackets Sunday. The wild-card matches will begin Monday, followed by first-round matchups Tuesday.
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