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Falcons fade after strong opening

Volleyball: Crescenta Valley High boys can’t capitalize on early success in first-round loss.

May 12, 2010|By Gabriel Rizk

GLENDALE — Perhaps it was simply a case of peaking too early, but after stealing the first game from host Anaheim Canyon High to begin Tuesday night’s CIF Southern Section Division II first-round playoff game, things went downhill for the Crescenta Valley boys’ volleyball team.

The Comanches rallied to even things with a narrow second-game win and went on to defeat the Falcons, 25-27, 25-22, 25-10, 25-19.

“The first game we played pretty good,” said Crescenta Valley Coach John Nelson, whose squad ended the year on a four-match losing streak going back to its last three of the regular season. “Our level of play went down each game, I don’t think it was that they did anything different.

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“I don’t want to say we let up because I don’t think we did, but we started making more mistakes. That’s been our story throughout the year — once we start making mistakes it snowballs on us and that’s what happened.”

After dropping a nailbiter in the second game, the Falcons (16-13), who finished third in the Pacific League, stayed close to the Comanches (18-7) at 7-7 in the third game.

Suddenly things went cold for Crescenta Valley, as Canyon grabbed the game and control of the match.

“We just couldn’t do anything at all,” Nelson said.

Likewise, the Falcons could only stay close for so long in the fourth, as well, with Canyon pulling away from a deadlock at 13 to put away the match.

Crescenta Valley struggled to match up with the Comanches’ senior front line of outside hitter Andrew Maxey and opposite Kyle Forman.

“We never seemed to be able to really stop them,” Nelson said. “We just made a lot of mistakes.”


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