Glendale High School varsity girls’ volleyball junior Aleina Manaois contributed 12 kills, seven digs and two blocks as the Nitros defeated host Burroughs High in Burbank in four games, 21-25, 25-21, 25-21, 25-19, in a Pacific League match on Sept. 26.
The victory marks the eight consecutive win for the Nitros.
Junior Emerson Whiting amassed 29 assists and two digs, while senior Arianna Vargas racked up 20 digs. Freshman Eileen Herrera chipped in nine kills and four digs, while junior Mika Valiente finished with six blocks and six kills. Senior Mariam Brito-Salazar and junior Breanna Cuellar each produced three blocks, three digs and two kills, while junior Erin Freeman tallied six digs.
The Nitros won the Atlantic Classic Tournament on Sept. 23, finishing with a 6-0 record after defeating Gabrielino High of San Gabriel, 25-20. Glendale also collected wins against Hamilton High of Los Angeles, 25-13, in the semifinals and Elizabeth High of Cudahy, 25-11, in the quarterfinals. The Nitros swept pool play without losing a set, beating Fairfax High of Los Angeles, 25-15, 25-12; Bell, 25-17, 25-21; and East Valley High of North Hollywood, 25-11, 25-11.
Manaois racked up 42 kills, 12 digs, five aces and five blocks, while Whiting amassed 88 assists, seven digs, five kills, three aces and three blocks. Valiente contributed 23 kills, 10 blocks and two digs, while Herrera produced 21 kills, eight aces, eight digs and five blocks. Cuellar chipped in 12 blocks, eight kills, seven aces and three digs, while junior Kirsten Caraan registered 22 digs and two aces. Junior Kiana Canales finished with four blocks, three kills, two aces and two digs, while Freeman had 12 digs.
The Nitros swept host Hoover High 25-13, 25-15, 25-18 in a league matchup on Sept. 21 as Whiting was credited with 20 assists.
Manaois registered nine kills and three aces, while Vargas finished with eight digs and four kills. Valiente recorded four blocks, while Herrera had three kills.
Fourth-place Glendale (15-6 overall, 4-3 in league) will host league leaders Arcadia in a league match on Oct. 3 at 3:45 p.m. before visiting Pasadena on Oct. 4.
The Falcons lost at Pasadena, 25-16, 25-21, 24-26, 22-25, 13-15, in a Pacific League match on Sept. 26.
Junior Caden Pinto amassed 33 assists, 10 digs, eight kills and three aces, while sophomore Hayden Shirvanian racked up 15 digs, 11 kills and one ace. Freshman Adelyn Lopez contributed nine kills, nine digs and two aces, while junior co-captain Isabel Haytayan finished with eight kills and three digs. Senior Emma Santa Ana tallied six kills and two digs, while junior Eva Portnaya four had kills and one dig. Junior Hannah Wyroski recorded 31 digs and one ace, senior Pilar Garcia collected 18 digs, four aces and one assist, and senior Cameron Ouye produced 19 digs. Senior Natalie Avakian chipped in eight digs, while senior Sophia Aroyan notched six digs and one ace. Senior Jessica Romero registered four assists and three digs, while senior Sofia Santiago’s credited with four digs.
Crescenta Valley hosted the Varsity Falcons Classic last weekend, winning the tournament and finishing with a 8-0 record after beating El Camino Real High of Woodland Hills in three games, 23-25, 25-19, 15-13. Pinto was named tournament MVP, while Haytayan and Santa Ana were selected to the all-tournament team.
The Falcons also posted wins against Arcadia, 25-22, 29-31, 15-10; La Salle College Preparatory of Pasadena, 25-15, 25-20; Venice High of Los Angeles, 25-19, 25-23; Maranatha High of Pasadena, 25-19, 25-23; Castaic, 25-10, 25-15; San Marino, 25-18, 25-23; and Cleveland High of Reseda, 25-15, 25-19.
Crescenta Valley lost to visiting Arcadia in four games, 22-25, 18-25, 25-20, 23-25, in a league showdown on Sept. 21.
Santa Ana registered 10 kills and two digs, Haytayan produced eight kills and eight digs, and Shirvanian contributed eight kills and three digs. Pinto racked up 33 assists, 18 digs, three kills and one ace, while junior co-captain Sofia Shin recorded 23 digs and two assists. Lopez collected six kills, three digs and one ace, while Wyroski tallied four kills and one dig. Garcia chipped in 15 digs, three aces and one assist, Ouye was credited with 13 digs and one assist, and Avakian finished with 11 digs and two aces. Portnaya had one kill and one dig, while Santiago notched two digs.
The second-place Falcons (23-4, 7-2) will visit Burbank for a league match on Oct. 3 at 6 p.m. before hosting Hoover High on Oct. 5.
The Tornados were swept by visiting Arcadia 9-25, 9-25, 13-25 in a Pacific League match on Sept. 26.
Hoover competed in the Crescenta Valley Tournament last weekend, suffering losses against Eagle Rock High of Los Angeles, Burbank and Thousand Oaks. Individual statistics and results were not reported to the Glendale News-Press by the Hoover coaching staff.
The Tornados (1-16, 0-9) will host Pasadena for a league match on Oct. 3 before visiting Crescenta Valley High on Oct. 5.
First published in the September 30 print issue of the Glendale News-Press.