First published in the Oct. 15 print issue of the Glendale News-Press.
After a two-decade drought, the Crescenta Valley High School varsity girls’ volleyball team claimed its first outright Pacific League title since 2002 on Tuesday after defeating host Burroughs High in Burbank, 25-19, 25-14, 19-25, 25-23.
“To see the seniors grow into great players and great people has been rewarding — it’s the best part of coaching. They deserve all the credit,” CVHS head coach Matt Simons said.
Senior Nyra Tatoulian led the Falcons with 16 kills, senior Jana Coffeen collected 13 kills, senior Rory Solano tallied 11 kills and sophomore Izzy Haytayan finished with 10 kills. Senior Hyacinth Ang racked up 40 assists, while sophomore Sofia Shin registered 28 digs.
The Falcons previously won a league match against visiting Glendale, 25-16, 25-21, 25-16, 25-19. Tatoulian recorded 14 kills, Coffeen and Haytayan each had 11 kills, and Ang amassed 47 assists.
CVHS (27-9 overall, 9-0 in league) concluded the regular season on Thursday and will await the CIF-SS postseason seeding when the brackets are released on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 11 a.m.
The Nitros lost a Pacific League match at Arcadia, 25-19, 23-25, 25-23, 25-13, on Monday.
Sophomore Aleina Manaois racked up 17 kills, 11 digs, three aces and two blocks for GHS, while sophomore teammate Emmi Whiting registered 24 assists and a pair of blocks. Junior Arianna Vargas collected seven kills and seven digs, senior Vanya Arakelian produced 10 digs, and junior Mariam Brito-Salazar finished with two kills and one ace.
Glendale competed in the 32nd annual Sylmar Charter High School Tournament last Saturday, losing in the second round of playoffs to Birmingham High of Lake Balboa, 25-23. The Nitros won the first round of playoffs by defeating Sylmar, 25-14.
Glendale went 3-0-1 in pool play, defeating Windward High of Los Angeles, 25-15, 25-18; Central City Value High of Los Angeles, 25-8, 25-6; and Valley Academy of Arts & Sciences of Grenada Hills, 25-12, 25-10; while tying with Chatsworth, 27-25, 16-25.
Manaois, who was named to the all-tournament team, racked up 43 kills, 15 aces and 19 digs, Vargas amassed 26 kills, 17 aces and 12 digs, and Arakelian tallied 12 aces and 23 digs in five tournament matches
The Nitros previously lost a league matchup at league-leading Crescenta Valley High, 25-16, 21-25, 25-16, 25-19, as Manaois recorded 19 kills and 17 digs. Vargas posted 10 kills, three aces and eight digs, Whiting collected 29 assists, five blocks and 2 kills, and Arakelian had 14 digs.
Glendale (21-11-1 overall, 5-4 in league) concluded the regular season by hosting Burroughs High of Burbank on Thursday and will await the CIF-SS postseason seeding when the brackets are released on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 11 a.m.
The Tornados (0-8 in league) lost a Pacific League match on Tuesday at Pasadena, 25-11, 25-13, 25-14. No individual statistics were reported to the Glendale News-Press.
Hoover concluded the regular season by hosting Muir High of Pasadena on Wednesday; the final result was not reported to the Glendale News-Press.