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Rebels get by Moors

Volleyball: Flintridge Prep girls get big effort from Miller in nonleague home win against Alhambra on Thursday.

September 09, 2011|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com

LA CAÑADA FLINTRIDGE — With the Flintridge Prep girls' volleyball team already lacking depth, it can't afford any injuries.

That's something Flintridge Prep Coach Sean Beattie hasn't lost sight of, so he's been scrambling to find the right lineup combinations despite one of his top players competing with an ankle injury in setter/opposite hitter Julia Miller.

Miller brushed aside the pain Thursday afternoon and finished with a team-high 12 kills to help host Flintridge Prep pick up a 17-25, 25-15, 25-17, 25-17 nonleague win against Alhambra.

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"We will probably have a very thin team with only two non-starters," said Beattie, whose team improved to 2-1. "If we get one injury, then we will be hurting.

"Julia came through and I had her playing setter and opposite hitter [to limit a lot of running]. This was our best defensive effort and we are starting to come around."

Alhambra (1-1) took the first game before the Rebels made some adjustments.

Beattie said Flintridge Prep's ability to rotate well confused the Moors throughout the final three games.

"We were able to rotate and we were getting our feet set and doing a lot of digging," said Beattie, who received 11 kills from Kimberly Kim and nine from Kate Woolley. "We have to win by playing well on defense and keep digging for the ball.

"Offensively, we aren't going to knock anybody's socks off. We are good enough offensively all the way around."

Miller collected 18 assists for the Rebels, who received 21 from Katherine Bogaard.

Flintridge Prep will next participate Saturday in the Pasadena Poly Tournament before taking part in nonleague home matches against Sierra Canyon and Viewpoint on Tuesday and Thursday, respectively.

The Rebels will then begin Prep League play Sept 16 at Westridge.

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