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Crescenta Valley girls' volleyball runs into stiff competition in own tourney

Volleyball: Falcons salvage a win against Verdugo Hills on Saturday to finish 1-2 on the day in the Crescenta Valley High Girls' Volleyball Varsity Tournament.

November 02, 2013|By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com

LA CRESCENTA — The Crescenta Valley High girls’ volleyball team found itself among talented competition Saturday in the second day of the Crescenta Valley High Girls’ Volleyball Varsity Tournament.

Among the entrants in the 16-team event were South Pasadena, ranked No. 8 in CIF Southern Section Division II-AA, Village Christian (No. 5 in Division II-A) and Sierra Canyon (No. 6 in Division III-A).

“We were in a pretty tough bracket,” said Crescenta Valley Coach Jen Ku Lee, who didn’t keep stats for the tournament. “We had South Pasadena, Alta Loma and Eagle Rock in our bracket. But it’s good for us to go up against tough teams. We just have one league game left on Tuesday and one guaranteed CIF playoff game, so that’s only two guaranteed games.”

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The Falcons secured fourth place in league and a trip to the postseason Thursday with a Pacific League win against Glendale. Crescenta Valley finishes the regular season with a league matchup Tuesday against rival Arcadia.

“With this tournament, where we’re going against some tough teams, it gives us a chance to see what we have to work on and what we have to do to hopefully win our last few games,” Crescenta Valley senior Emmie Walker said. “It’s good competition for us.”

Playing in the silver division, Crescenta Valley began its day with a 25-16, 25-20 loss to Van Nuys. That was followed by a 25-23, 25-20 defeat at the hands of Alemany.

If the Falcons wanted to salvage the day with at least one victory, they would have to do so against nearby neighbor Verdugo Hills in the seventh-place game. Crescenta Valley did just that, coming on top for a 26-24, 22-25, 15-10 win.

Crescenta Valley was able to hold on in the first game against the Dons, who were right in the thick of things in the opener.

Things didn’t do as well for the Falcons in the second game, although, as they trailed, 16-10. But Crescenta Valley battled back, and when Micaela Guarino came up with a kill late , the Falcons had cut the deficit to two, 23-21. However, a kill by Verdugo Hills brought it to game-point. The Falcons were able to earn a sideout on a Dons’ service error, but lost the game on an attacking error.

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