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St. Francis, Charles McCarthy go out on winning note against Flintridge Prep

Volleyball: Senior has 30 kills in Golden Knights' four-game win over Rebels.

May 01, 2013|By Nathan Cambridge
  • The Flintridge Prep boys' volleyball team fell to St. Francis in four games, 23-25, 25-19, 26-24, 25-20, in a cross-town rivalry nonleague match.
The Flintridge Prep boys' volleyball team fell… (Tim Berger/Staff…)

LA CAÑADA — Flintridge Prep made the short trip to St. Francis High School to take on the Golden Knights for the second time this season in a nonleague volleyball match.

The contest was scheduled just recently by Rebels Coach Sean Beattie, who wanted to avoid an extended layoff before his No. 9-ranked squad went into the CIF-Southern Section Division IV playoffs next.

“We just scheduled this match a week ago because we were going to have a week off and I wanted to make sure we had a game between our last game and playoffs,” said Beattie, whose team lost to St. Francis in four games earlier in the season. “So what I did was call the closest team I could who I knew was good.”

For the Golden Knights, who missed out on the postseason, it marked a chance to go out with a victory after dropping a contentious five-game match to Chaminade the night before, and to send hard-swinging Charles McCarthy and the rest of the seniors out on a positive note.

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The Golden Knights did not let that chance go by and rallied after dropping the first game to win the next three and come out on top 23-25, 25-19, 26-24, 25-20.

Fittingly, it was McCarthy who hammered down the final point of the contest from the center of the court and raised both fists in victory as his high school playing days came to an end.

“It was my last hit of my high school season ever,” said McCarthy, who will play next year at Division I University of Pacific, “so it was pretty exciting.”

St. Francis (7-12) was led in kills by McCarthy with 30.

“Charles was a four-year starter and I’ve only had about six since I’ve been here, varsity starters from the time they were [in] ninth grade,” St. Francis Coach Mark Frazee said. “That’s a tough one to replace.”

Fellow senior outside hitter Chris Thompson was second with 12 kills. Sophomore Markar Agakanian contributed eight kills and two blocks. Chris Thompson also had 12 assists, meaning that combined with his brother David, a freshman who had 35 assists, the Thompson brothers totaled 42 assists.

“His little brother is setting him,” Frazee said of the elder Thompson. “So there is that little-brother thing going on which they kind of control. You really don’t see them getting mad at each other, so it’s pretty good.”

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