LA CRESCENTA — Whether it was a matter of the Crescenta Valley High boys' volleyball team's focus slipping, or a case of Glendale beginning to channel its frustration productively, the third game of Wednesday's Pacific League match had far more intrigue than any that preceded it.
The two teams battled it out right down to the end, but, while much closer, the third game ended no differently for the Nitros, as the Falcons notched a 25-10, 25-10, 27-25 victory.
"We just lost enthusiasm, we stopped trying as hard as we were," said Falcons middle blocker Wes Cormier, who led Crescenta Valley with 10 kills.
Cormier planted a kill to set up the Falcons' third match point of the day after Glendale kept fighting off the clincher.
But for much of the third game, it was Crescenta Valley (6-7, 1-1 in league) playing catch-up.
On a four-point service run by Regan Ornopia, which included an ace, the Nitros jumped out to a 6-1 lead and weathered the Falcons' first run to stay ahead, 8-4.