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La Canada volleyball turns away San Marino

La Canada Spartans hold off a fired up San Marino Titans squad in four games on their senior night.

October 25, 2012|By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com

SAN MARINO - With the champion of the Rio Hondo League already crowned after the La Cañada High girls' volleyball team won its 10th straight Tuesday, San Marino clearly had more to play for Thursday when it hosted the Spartans on their senior day in the hunt for the runner-up spot in league.

Don't tell La Cañada that, though, as it won the first two games to take control of the match and rebounded after losing the third game for a four-game victory, 25-17, 25-20, 23-25, 25-16, which extended its league-winning streak to 67 matches.

"We always have something on the line," said La Cañada senior middle blocker Lauren Streeter, who had three of her eight kills and a block in the clinching game. "We have our perfect record on the line and our reputation on the line. There's always something on the line, even if we're set for first place."

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The Titans started slow, but built up steam as the match went on and really gave the Spartans trouble in the final three games.

La Cañada Coach Brock Turner said his team has always seemed to struggle at San Marino.

"It's always been a weird history coming in here, not losing but just a different vibe," said Turner, whose team improved to 13-8, 9-0 in league. "We always catch them on a senior day. They're playing for second place, better position in CIF, but when people say, 'Well, La Cañada has nothing to lose' - yeah we do. We can lose the game."

Amanda Yee, the San Marino setter, attributed the slow start to Tuesday's emotional four-game victory over league-rival South Pasadena, which kept the Titans in the hunt for second place in league.

"It was a really emotionally-packed game and I think it took a lot out of us so it took us awhile to get into it," said Yee, who finished with 28 assists, six kills and two aces.

A win over La Cañada would have kept the Titans (15-7, 5-3 in league) in the thick of the second-place race, but now they'll need a victory at Blair Monday and Monrovia (17-8, 5-4) to defeat South Pasadena, which would have improved to 11-4, 6-3 in league with a win over Temple City Thursday, to finish behind La Cañada in the league standings.

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