SOUTHEAST GLENDALE — Glendale High boys' volleyball Coach Ta'ase Mose was clearly frustrated after his team's latest loss Friday afternoon.
Refusing to comment after the contest, and instead let his captain do the post-game interview, Mose witnessed a 25-17, 25-9, 25-11 shellacking at the hands of Claremont, who dominated all facets of the league match at Glendale High.
"They're a good team, but I thought we could have won a game if we passed better," said Glendale senior outside hitter and captain Regan Ornopia after the team's second Pacific League loss in as many matches.
Claremont (11-4, 2-0), the defending Pacific League co-champions, relied on its service game to set the tone, and succeeded in doing so with five aces in a first set in which the Wolfpack scored 14 of the first 16 points and never trailed.
The Nitros (3-4, 0-2) picked up the pace and energy, resulting in a late run that cut an 18-5 deficit down to 23-14, but it was too little, too late for an overwhelmed Glendale team that traded the first six points of the second set with Claremont before giving up 13 of the next 17 en route to putting up their lowest score of the match.