Story by Sofia Alva
Associate Sports Editor
Photo by Oscar Walsh
The boys volleyball team dominated San Marino in three sets on Monday, April 26. Continuing their winning streak, the Tigers boasted powerful spikes and quick defense during their second league game.
The Tigers started the first set off strong. The Titans played inconsistent returns, allowing the Tigers to establish an early lead. Sophomore Aidan Hilger delivered several powerful spikes throughout the set, while freshman Kai Muñoz blocked the Titan’s incoming balls.
Communication was also crucial to the South Pas’ success in the first set. Whenever a San Marino serve was in play, the team made sure to call it out to prevent the San Marino from scoring. The set was close, but after a San Marino error, South Pas won 25-23.
San Marino made a comeback in the second set, causing South Pas to lose their lead. Nonetheless South Pas continued their aggressive defense with juniors Thompson Crockett and Michael Favela working together to block San Marino at the net. South Pas’ score slowly began to climb after a timeout was called and the team was able to regroup. In the end, San Marino suffered another 25-23 defeat, as sophomore Declan Swift and senior Nolan Call teamed up and successfully blocked a spike.
In the third and final set, the Tigers continued their lead over the Titans. The Tigers teamwork was effortless, pulling them through several close rallies. Hilger’s serves and spikes were crucial to their eventual win of 25-20.
“I think that we did [a] really good [job] at coming back when we were losing but we could definitely improve our communication on the court,” Swift said. “I’m really looking forward to playing and developing as a team.”
South Pas hopes to extend their league winning streak to three when they play Gabrielino on Tuesday, April 27.