GLENDALE — Even as Prep League play began in early April, the Flintridge Prep boys' volleyball team was still attempting to jell, having barely gotten its core lineup together on the court for the first time.
Prominent Rebels starters Kenyatta Smith and Jared Norsworthy, both seniors, missed all preseason activities and a good chunk of the nonleague schedule before returning in time to help the Rebels qualify for the CIF Southern Section Division IV playoffs. Even at full strength, the Rebels had their hands full with league mates Chadwick and Pasadena Poly, finishing behind the Dolphins and Panthers in the final league standings at 4-4.
"I thought the team played very well," said Prep Coach Sean Beattie, whose team rose to the occasion in its final two league games against Webb and Rio Hondo Prep when they needed wins in both to make the playoffs. "Once we got everyone back, we knew we weren't going to be playing at 100% right away. It took a little while, but right toward playoffs I felt like we were playing some of our best volleyball."