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Public school edges out private school boys' volleyball all-stars

Volleyball: Visitors rally from 0-2 hole in winning match, 3-2, behind a 22-kill effort from Burroughs' Daniel Jacobs.

June 09, 2013|By Andrew J. Campa,

PASADENA — While Sunday afternoon’s second annual San Gabriel Valley All-Star Boys’ Volleyball Game at La Salle High had its pleasantries and moments of fraternity, there was a certain edge this time around that perhaps lacked a year earlier.

The area public high school teams, which were swept in the inaugural event last June at Caltech University, took revenge in winning both of this year’s underclassmen and senior contests, with the highlight being a come-from-behind 21-25, 22-25, 25-22, 25-23, 15-12 senior triumph.

“For our team, it felt like we owed [the private schools] from last year. We all know each other and wanted to get this win,” said Burroughs outside hitter Daniel Jacobs, who was named his squad’s player of the game. “We went down two games, but I don’t think we thought it was over.”


St. Francis’ Charles McCarthy was the player of the game for the private squad, which also featured players from area schools Flintridge Prep, La Salle and Providence. The public school team had area athletes from Burroughs, La Cañada and South Pasadena.

Jacobs was part of the public school underclassmen team that fell last season, 24-26, 25-21, 15-8 to the private squad.

On Sunday, Jacobs paced his team with 22 kills, three aces and two blocks.

Jacobs tallied the first kill of the fifth game and continued to push the public squad away from the private squad, including with a kill that put the visitors ahead, 8-6, and then later with two kills within a three-possession sequence that gave the public side an 11-8 advantage.

The private team tried to rally, bouncing back on single kills from St. Francis’ Chris Thompson (five kills and three aces) and La Cañada home-schooler Max States to close within 11-10.

The deficit was still at one when a kill from South Pasadena’s Robert Adamson propelled the public side to match-point at 14-12.

On the very next possession, Adamson completed his team’s comeback with a kill through a combo-block attempt.

“We were down two and we just knew we had to come back,” said Adamson, who finished with 11 kills and three blocks.

The public school rally wasn’t without fierce resistance, particularly from St. Francis’ Charles McCarthy, who led all scorers with 28 kills, two blocks and one ace and was named his squad’s player of the game.

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