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Girls’ volleyball defeated San Gabriel High School in three out of four sets on Tuesday, August 28. Coming back from their first loss of the season against Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy, this win was essential for the Tiger’s confidence moving forward.
South Pas started off strong in the first set, winning the opening point of the game. It was uphill from there, with the Tigers extending their lead to three. Freshman Abby Garner scored several points for SPHS by spiking the ball multiple times. The Tigers continued to stay ahead, with sophomore Ella Holdly-Brill saving the ball on numerous occasions. San Gabriel continued to hit the ball into the net, which also boosted South Pas’ score. Sophomore Lola Foord didn’t play the majority of the set, but scored the winning point, sealing a 25-10 Tiger victory.
In the second set, an almost entirely new group of players started; only sophomore Lindsey Hirano and senior Christina Taylor remained from the first set. The Bulls scored the first point and continued their scoring run to five points, until they were stalled by a mishit. Despite South Pas’ setback, the Tigers eventually surpassed San Gabriel. The Bulls couldn’t keep up with Garner, as she continued to score for SPHS. With the help of sophomore Sydney Abundo’s low dives, SPHS pulled even with San Gabriel. However, their success was short-lived, as the Bulls continued to score, finishing off the set with a narrow 25-22 win.
It wasn’t until the final two sets that the Tigers pulled out all the stops and defeated the Bulls. Taylor started off the set by scoring the first point for South Pas. From there, Taylor and Foord had several outstanding blocks. Garner continued to spike every set she hit, providing SPHS with several points. San Gabriel was no match for senior Maddison Abundo’s serves, who ultimately sealed the deal for the the Tigers. SPHS won the third set 25-8 and the fourth set 25-10.
The Tigers will look to carry the momentum from this win into their next game, at Alhambra this Thursday, August 30.