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October 30, 2012
GIRLS' VOLLEYBALL Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy 3, Chaminade 0: The visiting Tologs wrapped up third place in the Mission league and clinched a playoff spot Monday with a 25-21, 25-18, 25-15 win. The victory put Sacred Heart (12-12, 6-4 in league) into a tie with Sherman Oaks Notre Dame for third place, but Sacred Heart held the tiebreaker thanks to its two head-to-head wins over the Knights. “The girls are free from trying to make it into playoffs and now they can just play volleyball and enjoy the matches,” first-year Tologs Coach Ernest Banaag said.
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From Staff Reports | June 13, 2013
Without just one win in the Rio Hondo League and no all-league selections, including honorable mention, a year ago, the La Cañada High boys' volleyball team eyed more success in 2013 with the additions of a new coaching staff and impressive freshman class. The Spartans went from last to runner-up in league this season and were awarded with four all-league players. It was one of the immediate-impact freshman, Connor Walbrecht, who earned the team's top award with a first-team nod. The setter did just about everything for the Spartans, who went 13-11 (6-1 in league)
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By Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@latimes.com | November 8, 2012
When the La Cañada High girls' volleyball team traveled north to take on Arroyo Grande in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division II-AA playoffs Thursday night, the Eagles seemed to have a number of advantages in their favor - a higher seed, homecourt advantage and a bye through the first round. The latter might not have helped Arroyo Grande too much after all, as Spartans Coach Brock Turner said he thought the Eagles looked a bit rusty in the first game after not playing a match for a week.
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April 20, 2006
The Flintridge Prep varsity volleyball team won its first Prep League match of the season by shutting out visiting South Bay Lutheran, 3-0, on April 11. The Rebels, who improved to 7-6 overall and to 1-1 in league, traveled to Chadwick School for a league contest on Tuesday, but results were not available at press time. Prep will host Pasadena Poly today (Thursday) in league at 5 p.m., will host Oakwood School in a 6 p.m. nonleague battle and will visit South Bay Lutheran next Thursday for a 3:30 p.m. league tussle.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | June 8, 2012
After finishing at the bottom of the Rio Hondo League for the second year in a row, the La Cañada High boys' volleyball team's coaching position has been opened. The La Cañada Unified School District chose not to renew Spartans Coach David Woo's year-to-year contract at the end of the season in which the Spartans went 5-21, 1-7 in league. "If a coach doesn't meet the standards or hit a satisfactory evaluation their contract may not be renewed, but they can reapply," La Cañada High Athletic Director Craig Franzen said.
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November 17, 2005
Visiting San Luis Obispo won its 20th game of the season by sweeping the La Cañada girls' varsity volleyball team, 3-0, last Saturday in the quarterfinals of the CIF Southern Section Division III-AA playoffs. The Spartans, who finished the season 15-9 overall, lost 25-16, 25-20 and 25-19. Morgan Anderson finished with 11 kills for La Cañada. Teammate Christine Jung had 11 digs and setter Malia McPherson contributed 17 assists. Earlier, it took four games for La Cañada to put away visiting San Gabriel Gabrielino last Thursday in second round play.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | March 1, 2013
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.
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By Timithie Gould | May 3, 2007
The La Cañada Spartans abandoned tradition at last weekend's Crescenta Valley boys' volleyball tournament by donning home-made jerseys on the court for their first match against Los Altos. Each tight white tank top featured a black sharpied number across the chest, and although the change in uniform seemed to be working in the Spartans' favor during the first game, the jerseys did not help the Spartans' play. La Cañada was defeated in six out of six games in pool play and lost to Cathedral in their first round match in the silver division of bracket play.
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By Gabriel Rizk | March 22, 2007
The first four games of Tuesday's Prep League boys' volleyball opener between Chadwick and host Flintridge Prep were defined by shifts in momentum and streaky play on both sides. The fifth and deciding game followed suit, with the Dolphins using a late run to stymie the Rebels at four consecutive match points and steal a 20-25, 25-18, 17-25, 25-20, 16-14 victory. "We just didn't pass the ball very well towards the end of the game," said Rebels Head Coach Sean Beattie of the final span over which his team was outscored 7-1. From a 9-9 tie, the Rebels pulled away to 13-9 with Dylan Walker serving.
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By Andrew J. Campa, andrew.campa@latimes.com | May 3, 2014
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.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | April 15, 2014
LA CAÑADA - Just past the midway point of the season and the La Cañada High boys' volleyball teams remains a work in progress. That's not necessarily a bad omen for the Spartans, who field a lineup consisting of mostly sophomores and juniors. Though its inexperience might show at times during a match, it hasn't left La Cañada in the doldrums. “We can pass and set well, but we just need to learn how to finish in certain situations,” said La Cañada Coach Otto Lacayo, whose team fell, 25-16, 25-19, 25-23, in its Rio Hondo League home match against Temple City on Tuesday.
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From Staff Reports | April 10, 2014
BOYS' VOLLEYBALL San Marino 3, La Cañada 2: The Spartans fell in a thrilling Rio Hondo League road match on Thursday afternoon 23-25, 25-23, 16-25, 25-15, 15-12. Sophomore outside hitter Mel Schroeder finished with 16 kills, while Noah Goldstein tallied 15 kills and Connor Walbrecht and Trent Bauer added eight kills. Libero Connor Belcher also totaled 15 digs for the Spartans (6-6, 1-1 in league). “It was a crazy match, real back and forth,” Spartans Coach Otto Lacayo said.
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From Staff Reports | March 27, 2014
BOYS' VOLLEYBALL La Cañada 3, Gabrielino 1: The Spartans opened Rio Hondo League play with a come-from-behind 19-25, 27-25, 25-21, 25-18 victory on Thursday afternoon. Sophomore Mel Schroeder led La Cañada (6-5, 1-0) with 17 kills, while Connor Walbrecht added nine kills and two aces and Noah Goldstein contributed eight kills. Jeff Lee paced the defense with five blocks, while Connor Belcher tallied 19 digs. SOFTBALL La Cañada 11, 14, Village Christian 1, 1: The Spartans easily cruised to a doubleheader sweep on Thursday afternoon at home in nonleague action.
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By Emin Avakian, Special to the Sun | March 21, 2014
LA CAÑADA - Flintridge Prep's boys' volleyball team extended its Prep League winning streak to 10 matches with a 25-18, 25-20, 25-21 sweep over visiting Rio Hondo Prep on Friday afternoon. Still, Rebels Coach Sean Beattie said his team has looked better than it did against the Kares. “It was a sloppy game on both ends,” said Beattie, whose squad hasn't dropped a game in two Prep League matches this season and improved to 8-4 overall. “We made errors we hadn't made. I haven't seen them [Rio Hondo Prep]
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | March 5, 2014
Expect things to look very different regarding the landscape of the Flintridge Prep boys' volleyball team. With a roster dotted with seniors, the Rebels marched straight to an undefeated Prep League championship before advancing to the CIF Southern Section Division IV quarterfinals last season. While the Rebels would gladly settle for at least a carbon copy this season, they will have to rely on essentially a new group of players who don't have the experience their brethren did. “We definitely will be a younger team with only three returners and one starter,” said veteran Flintridge Prep Coach Sean Beattie, whose team is ranked sixth in the Division IV preseason poll.
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From Staff Reports | December 11, 2013
Five La Cañada High girls' volleyball players were lauded by the Rio Hondo League when all-league selections were recently released. Spartans juniors Loren Shin and Taylor Page led the way, as both players merited first-team selections. Shin, a libero, was an adroit digger, averaging 5.1 digs per game in totaling 379 for the season, which accompanied her 31 assists and 20 aces. Page led the Spartans on offense with 289 kills, which averaged out to 3.4 kills per game. Page also paced La Cañada with 54 aces and was second with 235 digs (2.7 per game)
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | November 16, 2013
LA CAÑADA - The Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy volleyball team did everything it could to extend its postseason push. It certainly wasn't easy when the host Tologs met El Dorado in a CIF Southern section Division I-A quarterfinal match Saturday night, but behind 60 assists from Sophia Coffey, the Tologs rallied to post a 24-26, 25-20, 23-25, 25-22, 20-18 victory. Fourth-seeded Flintridge Sacred Heart (26-4) will meet top-seeded La Salle, the defending champion, in a semifinal home match at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
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By Emin Avakian, Special to the Valley Sun | November 12, 2013
RANCHO CUCAMONGA - The La Cañada High girls' volleyball team's quest for a return trip to the semifinals of the CIF Southern Section Division II-AA playoffs was quickly halted in a first round match with Los Osos on the road Tuesday evening. The 25-17, 25-11, 25-14 loss to the Grizzlies of Rancho Cucamonga concluded the Spartans' season - one in which they had a 69-match league winning streak snapped and did not capture the Rio Hondo League title for the first time in a decade. Against the fourth-seeded Grizzlies (24-10)
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By Nathan Cambridge | October 24, 2013
SOUTH PASADENA - La Cañada High is the 10-time reigning Rio Hondo girls volleyball champion, but late in this league campaign, the Spartans are in the unfamiliar position of being in second place looking up in the standings. Earlier this season in their first matchup against South Pasadena, the Spartans lost in four games. The rare setback brought an end to their 69-match league winning streak, which dated back to Oct. 6, 2006. Back then it was also the Tigers who got the best of them.
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