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Bumped from the playoffs

Volleyball: La Cañada boys’ team done in by Ganesha in four games in first-round CIF match at home.

May 13, 2010|By Nicole Charky

The La Cañada boys’ volleyball team hasn’t had much experience in the CIF Southern Section playoffs the past few years.

In fact, prior to this season, the Spartans hadn’t seen the postseason since 2006.

However, that all changed this season when La Cañada placed second in the Rio Hondo League, securing a spot in the Division IV playoffs.

Unfortunately for the Spartans, their postseason presence was short-lived, as they fell Tuesday in a first-round home match to Ganesha, 25-19, 25-22, 20-25, 28-26.

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The most competitive game was the fourth, as the Spartans and Giants were tied throughout most of the stanza. However, down the stretch, Ganesha was able to pull out the win to secure the match victory.

La Cañada Coach David Yoo said his players were experiencing jitters during the match. He also said the Spartans’ inability to close out the second game hampered their effort.

“Game two was a crucial game,” Yoo said. “We were up the whole game, and we didn’t pull up.”

The Spartans went up against a Ganesha (20-4) team that placed second in the Miramonte League.

Despite the playoff loss, La Cañada has a lot to be proud of this season. Last year the team finished fifth in league. Yoo said the team improved this year because of senior leadership and a busy preseason schedule.

“This year, what I tried to enforce was tougher laws, tougher drills, and I taught them to believe in themselves,” he said.

In one year, the volleyball program turned around from a record of 2-8 in 2009 to 12-7 this season.

“A lot of mental mistakes, a lot of hitting errors,” Woo said about the loss. “It’s been a really great season, but as a coach I’m not happy about the outcome. I still consider this a successful season.”


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