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Flintridge Prep volleyball finally able to celebrate title

Volleyball: Rebels pushed to fifth game, respond by downing Chadwick to capture the Prep League championship.

April 24, 2013|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com
  • The Flintridge Prep boys' volleyball bench reacts during the fourth game of a Prep League volleyball match against Chadwick on Wednesday. The Rebels clinched a league championship after a 25-15, 23-25, 25-18, 24-26, 15-13 victory. (Photo by Libby Cline)
The Flintridge Prep boys' volleyball bench reacts…

LA CAÑADA — At match-point in the fourth game of their Prep League match Wednesday against Chadwick, with the league championship on the line, the Flintridge Prep boys’ volleyball players and coach Sean Beattie celebrated as the ball appeared to be hit long by the Dolphins.

However, the Rebels’ celebration was short-lived, as the head official called the shot in, giving Chadwick new life. The Dolphins came back to win the stanza, forcing a crucial fifth game.

Undaunted by the pressure, the Rebels regrouped and turned back the Dolphins in the fifth, sending the visitors home with a 25-15, 23-25, 25-18, 24-26, 15-13 loss.

“On that point in the fourth game, I told the guys it was out, yes, but you know what?, they called it in, so it’s in. Now we have to get over it,” Beattie said. “I told them if you’re frustrated, I get it. But you have to get over it now. It is one of those things that as long as you can get the frustration out quickly and then move on, it’ll be OK.”

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The win was substantial and monumental for Flintridge Prep (16-6, 7-0 in league), as it captured its first league championship since 2010 when it had to share it with Chadwick (11-11, 4-2) and Pasadena Poly. With just one more league match Friday against host Pasadena Poly, the Rebels have the championship all to themselves.

Beattie has never had a team go undefeated in league in his 16 years heading the Flintridge Prep program.

It’s also the first time the Dolphins have failed to win a league crown in the past eight years. In fact, Chadwick has been so dominating in the league that prior to this season; it had won seven of nine league championships since the league was formed 10 years ago.

In addition, Chadwick is the two-time defending CIF Southern Section Division V champion.

“This is big for us, for sure,” said Flintridge Prep senior Chadd Cosse, who led the team with 17 kills. “We knew that just because we beat them the first time this season that they were going to come in ready. But we were able to come back and get motivated for that fifth game, and that’s what helped us win.”

The Rebels, ranked No. 10 in CIF Southern Section Division IV, received major contributions from a group of players. While Dante Fregoso contributed 11 kills and 21 digs, Kareem Ismail had 10 kills and 11 blocks, Tyler Weakland had 10 kills and Mike Lii had 52 assists.

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