Westridge returns favor, easily sweeps Poly

first_imgPASADENA — Whether Wednesday’s girls volleyball contest pitting Westridge High against Pasadena Poly was a changing of the Prep League guard or just another league match may be too early to tell. However, coach Billy Yu knows his Tigers have something special going as Westridge needed only three games to defeat Poly 25-17, 25-19, 25-17. McCall tied for the team lead in kills with six, none larger than a second-game smash over the outstretched arm of Poly junior Debbie Duan that landed just inbounds on the far right corner of the court. The point put the Tigers up 17-16 while crushing Poly’s best chance at winning a game. “We started out strong and continued to improve,’ Yu said. “I don’t think we expected to do quite as well as we did.’ While the first game was marred with sloppy play, both teams heated up in the second game. It appeared Poly (7-4, 0-2) would avenge their first-game loss when the Panthers took a 13-9 lead after Poly senior Jessica Damasco smashed a kill off Tigers’ middle blocker Carolyn McLaughlin. For Westridge (14-0, 4-0) the victory was sweet revenge for a Tigers team that was swept in two meetings last year by scores of 3-0 and 3-1. “We had wanted beat Poly for a long time,’ junior outside hitter Kelly McCall said. “I guess today we wanted it more than they did. We really fought for it.’ AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 However, McLaughlin scored three of her six kills in a 16-6 run that swung the momentum and lead over in favor of Westridge. The second-game loss seemed to sap most of the emotion from the Panthers. “I thought Westridge played well,’ Panthers’ coach Steve Beerman said. “We just weren’t ready to play. This was the first game we played in over a week.’ While the Tigers didn’t blow the Panthers away, Poly was done in by several errors. In the first game alone, Poly sent five serves into the net, giving the Tigers an easy five points. The Panthers ended the game having sent eight serves into the net and committing a crucial substitution error in the third game that cost them two points. “Before the game, I don’t think we knew what to expect,’ said Yu, who is in his second season. “This was supposed to be a three-year plan, but the team has far surpassed my expectations.’ Next up for Westridge is Friday’s marquee matchup at Chadwick (3-4, 3-0), the defending Prep League champions. The Panthers will try to get back on track by hosting Webb (4-5, 0-4), who is at the bottom of the Prep League. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more