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Glendale High, Crescenta Valley, Flintridge Prep water polo prepared for quarters

Water polo: Nitros, Falcons and Rebels to participate in CIF Southern Section Division V quarterfinal matches Saturday.

November 15, 2013|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com
  • Crescenta Valley's Griffin Harting, center, and Glendale's Harut Bandikyan, right, are leading their respective teams into Saturday's Division V quarterfinals as Glendale hosts Webb at Burbank and Crescenta Valley travels to Pasadena Poly. (Roger Wilson/File Art)
Crescenta Valley's Griffin Harting, center, and…

Eight boys' water polo teams remain alive in the quest for the CIF Southern Section Division V championship. Among those are a trio of local squads.

Glendale High, Crescenta Valley and Flintridge Prep each passed their first-round test and will look to move a step closer to the title when they participate in quarterfinal matches Saturday.

Top-seeded Glendale will meet Webb at 3 p.m. at Burbank High. Third-seeded Crescenta Valley will be on the road to face defending-champion Pasadena Poly at 10:30 a.m., followed by Flintridge Prep taking on second-seeded Los Altos in a designated home contest at noon at Poly.

Glendale, which won a third straight undefeated Pacific League championship, opened with a 19-6 win against California on Wednesday at Burbank.

Glendale Coach Forest Holbrook, whose team advanced to the final last season for the first time in the program's history, said the Nitros (19-6) have relied on being cohesive throughout the majority of the season while also receiving significant contributions from some of their standout athletes.

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“The team has really been clicking throughout, but especially right now,” Holbrook said. “The goal is to be peaking at the end of the season.

“They understand exactly what they each need to do. Watching them play is something that's fantastic. We expect a good challenge from Webb because they are always well coached. We aren't going to worry about scoring goals. We just have to focus on the fundamentals surrounding playing good defense.”

Glendale received a match-high eight goals from Artak Arzumanyan, all in the first half, against California. Arman Momdzhyan added four goals for the Nitros, who got three from Manuk Piloyan.

Webb (15-11) finished runner-up in the Prep League and began the postseason with a 17-11 win against Citrus Valley.

The winner of the Glendale-Webb match will face fourth-seeded La Serna or Walnut in a semifinal match at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Mount San Antonio College in Walnut.

Like Glendale, Crescenta Valley (16-9) had little trouble dispatching its first-round opponent Wednesday. The Falcons, who took second in the Pacific League, got a match-best four goals from Nate Fernandez and two goals and three assists from Daniel Park to coast to a 13-4 win against El Rancho at Pasadena City College. Pasadena Poly, which captured the Prep League championship, earned a 15-7 opening-round home victory against Rowland.

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