Indians Bring Down Falcons

Going on the road is never a picnic, and it certainly wasn’t for the Crescenta Valley High boys’ volleyball team last Friday.

Lying in wait and ready to pounce, Burroughs came out clear-eyed, defeating the Falcons in a Pacific League match. For those keeping score, the Indians prevailed, 25-23, 25-22, 20-25, 25-21.

The home court was kind to the Indians, who came into the match with an identical record as Crescenta Valley.

The biggest difference was the play of setter Tyler Yanez, who finished with a match-high 30 assists. For good measure, Yanez added four blocks for Burroughs (9-5 and 2-0 in league).

A setter is similar to a point guard in basketball. He sees the floor, and distributes the ball to the player in the best position to score. On this occasion, Yanez played like Jason Kidd or Steve Nash, two of the best distributors ever, placing the ball at just the right time and to the right player. In the final game, Yanez chipped in with 10 assists.

Offensively, the Indians were paced by sophomore middle blocker Ike Nwachie, who totaled 12 winners.

Mistakes were also a cause for CV’s setback. “Unfortunately for us, we made more mistakes than they did,’’ said Falcons’ Head Coach John Nelson.”They played better than we did.”

The Falcons (8-6 and 1-1 in league) aren’t without their stars, namely senior outside hitter Trevor LaFountaine, who had nine kills.

In the opening game, the Falcons led 19-18, but were outscored 7-4. The second game saw the Falcons take a 16-15 edge, but were outscored 10-6.

Skyler Shapiro was the catalyst for the Falcons in the third game, who ran out to a 13-7 advantage, with Shapiro getting the game-clincher.

The Indians pasted host Glendale in a Pacific League encounter Wednesday. It took three games, and the scores were, 25-13, 25-16, 25-16, with junior outside hitter Lucas Yanez registering 13 kills.

In each game, Burroughs took command 7-5, and each time had enough in reserve to win.

Ahead 7-5 in the opening game, the Indians ran off a 13-4 string, and took control. In the second game, again the score stood at 7-5, before the Indians went on a 12-5 spurt. In the third game, a 10-4 run with the score at 7-5, secured the match.

The week actually began sunny for Crescenta Valley, which marched over visiting Hoover in a Pacific League tussle on Wednesday.

The Falcons could have sent in the reserves, and the result would have been the same. The scores were, 25-2, 25-6, 25-6.

Actually, there is very little a team and coaching staff can gain from these lopsided victories, except that they are wins and not losses.

For now, the Falcons are in full contention for the league crown, and a CIF Southern Section playoff berth. And so that’s the good news.

The same can’t be said for the Nitros and Tornadoes, who will continue to struggle.

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