VOLLEYBALL: TOLOGS FINISH OFF SPARTANS.
Special to the Daily News
LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE -- Flintridge Sacred Heart of La Canada Flintridge started slowly and struggled during the middle of all three games against girls' volleyball rival La Canada.
But the one area the Tologs excel in is finishing, a lesson the host Spartans learned the hard way Friday night.
Despite trailing in the first and third games and leading by only a point midway through the second, Flintridge Sacred Heart recorded the crucial points when it mattered most, winning the intracity battle for the fourth consecutive year with a 25-22, 25-18, 25-16 victory.
"It didn't seem like it was my team out there at the start," said Flintridge Sacred Heart coach Shelli Orlandini, whose team improved to 19-7 against La Canada in the all-time series. "They were a little bit nervous and I don't think they expected La Canada to be as good as they were. But I told my girls that they always come out ready to play."
La Canada (2-4) held a 15-9 advantage in the opening game, before the Tologs (5-1) rallied with eight of the next nine points. The Spartans didn't help their cause by missing two of their final four serves, the latter coming on game point.
"They don't know how to terminate and finish a match off," La Canada coach Brock Turner said. "We're consistently inconsistent. We became very predictable and against a good team when you become predictable, you're not going to get a lot of points."
Despite senior outside hitter Katie Condon contributing only eight of her match-high 16 kills through the first two games, Flintridge Sacred Heart still managed to control the tempo, relying on freshman Camille Coffey and senior Winston Reynolds to produce another 8-1 run in the second game to seize the momentum.
Once Condon -- who recorded a career-high 26 kills Monday against North Torrance -- found her rhythm, the Tologs pulled away in the final game. Samantha Orlandini, who finished with 11 digs and a season-high 42 assists, served nine consecutive points to grab a 21-13 lead.
"Everything felt really easy in the third game. It seemed like everything that happened, we got points," said Samantha Orlandini, who recorded her fifth career victory against La Canada, two coming in her freshman season. "I think we were really tense the first two games. But once Katie got going in that third game, I thought we played really well."
Flintridge Sacred Heart's defense continued to frustrate the Spartans late in the match, with the Tologs producing a run of 13 consecutive points without letting the ball drop on their side of the court. Jenna Orlandini (18 digs) and Adrianna Hoang (nine digs) were instrumental in slowing down sophomore Courtney McCutchan, who led La Canada with 11 kills.
"They're comfortable with their positions and they understand their roles and that keeps them calm," Shelli Orlandini said. "(Against La Canada) we have to be able to step up to the plate and it took us a while to do that."
Becky Hummel had eight kills and Hayley Woodford added 28 assists for La Canada.
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|Publication:||Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)|
|Date:||Sep 15, 2007|
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