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La Cañada boys' volleyball sweeps aside nearby rival Flintridge Prep

Volleyball: Spartans get team-high 14 kills from Burl in nonleague road win against Flintridge Prep.

March 01, 2013|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com
  • La Cañada's Mel Schroeder, center spikes the ball between two Flintridge Prep players.
La Cañada's Mel Schroeder, center spikes… (Cheryl A. Guerrero…)

LA CANADA — With an imposing front line featuring Orion Burl and Mel Schroeder, the La Cañada High boys’ volleyball team might have some huge advantages.

With the 6-foot-3 Burl and 6-5 Schroeder near the net, the Spartans will look to the towering duo to supply their share of kills and blocks.

“We are used to where we need to be in terms of hitting and blocking,” said Burl, an outside hitter who finished with a team-high 14 kills Friday to power visiting La Cañada to a 25-19, 25-18, 25-19 nonleague victory against neighbor Flintridge Prep. “You also have that court vision.

“We feed off each other. We got off to a hot start and we tried to carry the momentum the entire way. We wanted to be in control the whole time.”

La Cañada, which opened its season Thursday with a nonleague home victory against Canyon Country Canyon, improved to 2-0. Flintridge Prep, which was without five players because of commitments to the school’s boys’ basketball team, dropped to 0-1.

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La Cañada, under the direction of first-year coach Otto Lacayo, controlled the tempo throughout most of the match with Burl and Montgomery leading the charge.

Schroeder contributed nine kills for the Spartans, who received 36 assists from Connor Walbrecht.

“The blocking [from Schroeder and Burl] needs a little more work, but that will get better with a couple of more practices,” Lacayo said. “Their outside attack is coming along nicely.

“It’s huge to have those two up front and you can go in different directions. It was big to get off to a quick start. We are still learning how to win. I gave our guys the task of trying to close it out in three games and they responded well.”

The Spartans took a 21-17 lead in the first game on a kill by Burl. La Cañada closed out on a 4-2 run.

La Cañada never trailed in the second game. It took the lead for good at 10-9 on a serving error. Schroeder notched a kills to extend the lead to 15-11.

The Spartans snapped an 11-1 deadlock in the third game with a 10-4 run to grab a 21-15 advantage. Schroeder recorded three kills in that stretch.

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