PASADENA — It started out as a friendly exhibition, but the competitive nature of both squads intensified with every point Saturday in the 2012 San Gabriel Valley Public vs. Private All-Star Underclassmen Boys' Volleyball match at Caltech.
The Private School squad, which included players from St. Francis High, Flintridge Prep, Pasadena Poly and La Salle, rallied from behind on several occasions for a three-game victory, 24-26, 25-21, 15-8, over a Public School team that featured locals from Burroughs, La Cañada, San Marino and South Pasadena.
St. Francis setter Christopher Thompson and Burroughs opposite Daniel Jacobs both earned MVP honors for their respective squads.
"It's a great opportunity," said Thompson, who had an all-around day with nine assists, four kills, two digs and two aces, of the match. "I know a lot of these guys on both teams from club and it was a great opportunity to come out and play with them. It's an amazing experience being able to play with such a high level of guys."