LA CRESCENTA — Having played only two contests leading up to Tuesday afternoon's Pacific League opener against Glendale High, the members of the Crescenta Valley girls' volleyball team had taken advantage of sharpening their skills during a plethora of practice sessions.
While the Falcons would like to pick up more match experience, the practices haven't seemed to deter their ability to get the job done on the court.
"I think it's an advantage of having more practice time," said Crescenta Valley senior outside hitter Leah Gagliardi, who finished with a team-high 15 kills and 11 digs Tuesday to spark host Crescenta Valley to a 25-22, 25-21, 25-18 victory. "We have some stuff that we need to work on."
Crescenta Valley, which improved to 2-1, received 27 assists from junior setter Payton Wheeler and seven kills from junior middle blocker Kira Guarino to win the first of the two meetings this season against Glendale (2-3). The teams will meet again Oct. 14 at Glendale, which might be without starting middle blocker/outside hitter April Reed for the bulk of the season after the senior suffered a right-ankle injury Sept. 14.