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St. Francis High volleyball highlights strong local presence at Crescenta Valley Volleyball Tournament

Volleyball: Golden Knights take silver division title, while Crescenta Valley is fourth and La Cañada is fifth.

May 03, 2014|By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com

LA CRESCENTA – While the 16-team Crescenta Valley High boys’ volleyball tournament featured only three local varsity squads in St. Francis, Crescenta Valley and La Cañada, the area wasn’t without its strong efforts, led by the Golden Knights.

St. Francis took advantage of the mini-break from Mission League play to go 3-0 Saturday afternoon and capture the silver division crown after a come-from-behind, 22-25, 25-20, 15-12 victory over West Covina at Crescenta Valley.

“You know you work hard all year and it’s nice to get a win,” said St. Francis Coach Mark Frazee, who was missing two starters and three total players because of SAT testing. “We’ve had a lot of tough defeats in the Mission League, in Division I, and it’s a tough message for a young team to keep on working hard when you lose.

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“So, this was a reward for their hard work.”

The Golden Knights (9-11) led by three early in the deciding third game only to witness the Bulldogs storm back and knot the game at 9 after a kill from senior Jeremy Thacher.

From that point, though, St. Francis took the lead for good with a 4-0 run that featured two kills from Mark Munoz, one spike from Markar Agakanian and an ace from Sean Stephan.

Down, 13-9, West Covina countered with three straight points before committing an attacking error to send the game to match-point, 14-12.

St. Francis senior Andrew Krappman then sealed the win with a spike through a block attempt.

“We play a lot of good teams in the Mission League and that competition helps us for these types of tournaments,” said Agakanian, who led the squad with four kills and two aces in the win.

St. Francis was 0-3 in Friday’s pool play action and was moved to the silver division, where the squad defeated Los Angeles Marshall, 25-22, 25-14, before taking down Righetti in the bracket semifinals, 25-22, 26-24.

Host Crescenta Valley (21-6) capped a 4-2 run through the tournament with a 25-21, 25-21 defeat to Salesian in the gold division third-place match.

After falling behind by seven in the first game and eventually losing, Crescenta Valley appeared poised to force a third game.

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