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Crescenta Valley High volleyball headed to silver division of its tournament

Volleyball: Falcons go 1-2 in first day of annual tournament.

April 26, 2013|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com

LA CRESCENTA — For the first time, the Crescenta Valley High Varsity Boys’ Volleyball Tournament expanded to include 20 teams in its 12th year.

The Falcons will have to wait to at least one more year to add another first to their tournament – their first championship after going 1-2 in pool play Friday, the first day of the annual tournament.

“We’ve never won this tournament — never,” Crescenta Valley Coach John Nelson said. “It kills me, but that’s because we always have good teams here; it’s just competitive.”

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Teams from as nearby as La Cañada and far away as San Diego came to Crescenta Valley for the tournament, which was bumped up from 16 to 20 squads this year.

“We’re trying it to see if we can hold 20,” Nelson said. “I am trying it and we’ll see it how it goes. If it works out OK, we’ll stay up at 20. People seem to like it.”

Having split its first two pool-play matches, Crescenta Valley (8-12) needed to close the day with a win against Paraclete to keep hopes of winning the tournament for the first time alive.

The match went the full three games and while the Falcons showed the ability to battle back from late deficits, they ultimately fell, 25-20, 21-25, 15-13. The loss dropped Crescenta Valley to third place in its pool with Taft winning it with a 3-0 record and Paraclete taking second.

The Falcons will compete in the silver division, which will include Righetti, Salesian, La Cañada and three teams that’ll be determined by a play-in round to the gold division, in the final day of the tournament Saturday. While Nelson would have liked to qualify for the gold division and compete for the tournament title, he was pleased with the improvement his team has been showing of late, including Friday.

“Right now, it’s fun because we’re improving rapidly,” he said. “We waited all year to get certain things done and now we’re improving really fast and it’s fun to watch.”

Crescenta Valley’s ultimate focus is winning its regular-season and Pacific League finale Tuesday against Arcadia High to keep its hopes of a CIF Southern Section Division II playoff berth alive.

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