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VOLLEYBALL : HARVARD-WESTLAKE BEATS NOTRE DAME H.-W. 3, NOTRE DAME O.

Byline: Bill Schlotter Daily News Staff Writer

A good volleyball team has a good setter - of this you can be sure.

And unbeaten Harvard-Westlake is a very good team.

Even after a three-week break from competition, the Wolverines' senior setter Jason Morrow put the ball up in strategic position time after time Tuesday night at Notre Dame High School. Harvard-Westlake pounded the Knights 15-2, 15-6, 15-10 in a Mission League match.

``I think he's one of the finest setters around right now,'' Harvard-Westlake coach Jess Quiroz said. ``His contribution to the ball club is he gets the ball to the hitters.''

Morrow did it often Tuesday, getting credit for 29 assists. Rick Rauth and Jim Ostridge led the Wolverines (9-0, 6-0) with 10 kills each.

Morrow spent much of his spring break in Florence, Italy, where his brother, Chris, is studying.

``We got to see a lot of stuff,'' Morrow said, noting a special interest in the city's vast exhibits of Renaissance art. ``And we got to see my brother, which was great.''

Morrow said he was pleased with his team's play, shaking off the rust of the hiatus.

``Yesterday, we had a team meeting at which we discussed bringing the intensity level back up,'' he said. ``And it worked. We played pretty well today.''

The No. 1-ranked Wolverines have played pretty well all season, having dropped just two games so far, one to Capistrano Valley and another to San Clemente at the Dos Pueblos Tournament in Santa Barbara.

``I think it's coming together,'' Morrow said. ``I think we'll be ready for the Orange County teams come playoff time.''

Quiroz said Morrow's quick return to form after such a long break didn't surprise him.

``He's a steady player,'' Quiroz said. ``And he loves it. You can see it in his eyes.''

The Wolverines had an easy go in the first game, running off a 10-1 lead before winning 15-2. A 9-2 run off a 6-4 lead gave them the second.

They were down as much as 7-2 in the third, but tied the game at 8-8 and 10-10 before going on a 5-0 run to claim the match.

``Harvard-Westlake is always good,'' said Notre Dame coach Shaney Fink. ``They're particularly good this year.''

The Knights (5-7, 3-5) were led by Bro Richmond, who had 11 kills. Doug Noonan was next with six.

``We showed our potential,'' said Fink, referring to the Knights' early lead in the third game. ``But it didn't last long enough.''
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Title Annotation:SPORTS
Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Apr 17, 1996
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