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St. Francis High volleyball team gets past Flintridge Prep

Volleyball: Golden Knights receive 13 kills apiece from McCarthy and Thompson in nonleague road victory Monday.

March 06, 2013|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com
  • St. Francis' libero John Romo bumps the ball against Flintridge Prep in a non-league boys volleyball match at Flintridge Prep in La Canada Flintridge on Monday, March 4, 2013.(Tim Berger/Staff Photographer)
St. Francis' libero John Romo bumps the ball against… (Tim Berger / Staff…)

LA CANADA — Handling an increased work load suits Charles McCarthy fine.

The St. Francis High senior volleyball player doesn't mind being the main offensive threat for the Golden Knights, though there's a preference to provide him with some assistance.

McCarthy stepped up again and enjoyed another big effort Monday, as he recorded 13 kills to help visiting St. Francis record a 25-17, 25-20,19-25, 25-21 nonleague win against neighbor Flintridge Prep.

"There's a lot of weight on me to perform offensively," said McCarthy, an outside hitter who helped the Golden Knights advance to the playoffs last season. "I like that because everybody depends on me.

"We are a relatively young team now. There are high expectations, and we have some solid players. There's lots of potential to keep improving."

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St. Francis (2-2) won its second match in a row. The Golden Knights received 13 kills and nine assists from Chris Thompson and 23 assists from David Thompson to fend off the short-handed Rebels (0-2).

The Rebels were without Chadd Cosse, Tyler Weakland, Kareem Ismail, Jedrick Eugenio and Harrison Jung on Monday. The quintet is also members of the school's basketball team, which advanced to the CIF State Basketball Championships. Cosse, Weakland and Ismail are starters on the volleyball team.

Flintridge Prep performed considerably better Monday after beginning its season Friday by getting swept in a nonleague match by visiting La Cañada.

"We were a lot better today, so I'm happy with that," said Flintridge Prep Coach Sean Beattie, who got 10 kills from Dante Fregoso and 28 assists from Mike Lii. "We started to play more together by covering for each other.

"We were much better with our passing, but we had 21 missed serves. That's the biggest issue I had today. The times where we had the missed serves hurt us the most during key parts of each game."

St. Francis stormed out to early leads in the first two games, building 8-2 advantages.

In the first game, a kill by McCarthy gave the Golden Knights a 24-11 lead. Flintridge Prep fought off six game points to close to within 24-17 before St. Francis wrapped it up on a serving error by the Rebels.

St. Francis built another big lead in the second game. After St. Francis took a 12-6 lead on a kill by Chris Thompson, Flintridge Prep used a 6-0 run to tie it at 12, capped by a kill by Chris Zaro.

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