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Hart defends its floor

Indians boys volleyball team earns first home victory of 2009 season

Posted: March 19, 2009 1:42 a.m.
Updated: March 19, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Hart's Nate Pedrick, left, returns a serve from Crescenta Valley as teammate Austin Gage (82) looks on Wednesday evening at Hart High School. The Indians defeated Crescenta Valley 3-1.

Hart boys volleyball got its first home victory Wednesday night, defeating Crescenta Valley 3-1 at Hart High.

J.J. Mosolf and Taylor Gregory did it all for the Indians, edging out the Falcons (3-3) 27-24 in the first game.

Hart (3-5) took advantage of opportunities and blew out the second game, 25-13, then scraped through the last two 20-25 and 25-21 to earn the win.

“It was the first and fourth games that represented us well as a fighting scrappy team,” said Indians head coach Mary Krisan.

The first game was a back-and-forth battle in which both teams traded points.

But the Indians overcame great play at the net from Crescenta Valley’s Steve Yoon and Ryan Peters, with the performance of Taylor.

Taylor recorded two key kills late to help clinch the game, before Peters hit the net to give the home team the final point of game one.

In the second, Hart blew things wide open with special emphasis from Mosolf whose early thundering kill set the tone for the rest of the game.

Later, he displayed a soft touch, placing the ball perfectly between the defenders.

“I like to play good teams because they show you what you need to work on,” said Crescenta Valley head coach John Nelson. “Now we know what to work on.”

The Indians outscored the Falcons 11-3 to close out game two.

Mosolf finished with 19 assists, eight kills, two aces and two blocks.

The third and fourth games took on a similar story line as the first, both hard-fought with neither team giving an inch.

Hart was unable to match the stellar movement it had displayed in the previous game and Peters made them pay, spiking home the game-winner in the third.

“He’s someone who has done a real good job of taking leadership for us,” Nelson said.

The fourth game was all Indians early on, as they jumped out to a 8-2 lead.

Then it was Crescenta Valley’s turn to go on a run, eventually taking a one-point advantage, 17-16.

Before long, Hart regained its communication and closed things out on a 6-2 run.

Taylor finished with 12 kills and five blocks, while teammate Nate Pedrick posted 27 digs, and Michael Bernad had nine kills.

“We are progressing at a fairly natural progression, which is actually better because we can have highs and lows,” Krisan said. “Overall, we are finally starting to execute plays, get passes, and we’re able to get blocks so that we don’t just get steamrolled.”


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