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Boys volleyball: Dominance before league

Hart plows through La Canada in pre-Foothill finale

Posted: March 26, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: March 26, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Hart’s Chris Leclair, front, digs a shot from La Canada as Loy Mueller (9) and Jared Turner (7) look on Friday at Hart.

 

When Hart boys volleyball is able to get all its powerful hitters going, it can be a dangerous team.

Add a significant size advantage on top of that, and an opponent has little chance.

With several players contributing from all areas of the court, the Indians beat a much smaller La Canada team 3-0 on Friday at Hart High, easily winning each game by scores of 25-15, 25-12 and 25-15.

Due to the replacement of several graduating seniors off last year’s roster, Hart (7-3) has had to devote time to incorporating new players and, in turn, learning how to avoid basic errors.

With preleague play now officially completed for the Indians, head coach Mary Krisan likes what she sees.

“It was fairly consistent across all three games,” Krisan said. “Even though we changed the lineup, it was pretty even.”
Paced by outside hitter J.J. Mosolf’s game-high 11 kills, Hart quickly went to work running crisp offensive sets and complementing it with a stifling block.

The combination of towering middle blocker Taylor Gregory and Mosolf proved too tall and too powerful for the Spartans (3-5) to handle on defense.

Gregory finished with 15 blocks and six kills.

“They’re a really, really good blocking team and they run a really quick offense, and that’s something we’re not used to seeing,” said La Canada head coach David Woo.

No La Canada player had more than four kills, and the team combined for 13 service errors in the match.

Hart, on the other hand, kept the mistakes to a minimum.

“You don’t want to give up so many points, and in this one, we didn’t do too bad,” Krisan said.

The solid play was also helped by the fact that Hart’s starting setter Chris LeClair was back to 100 percent after missing time with an ankle injury earlier this month.

He compiled 26 assists, feeding the ball to any hitter who wanted to be involved, including reserve Rhett Almond, who had six kills.

“Everything is coming together right now,” Mosolf said. “I was actually pretty surprised at how well we played.”

In game 1, it was mostly Mosolf and Gregory putting the ball away as Hart ran its bread-and-butter plays. The Spartans were also kept off-balance with Hart’s strong serving.

Gregory’s presence at the net set the tone early in game 2 as he was involved in blocking three straight La Canada attempts to help the Indians go up 3-0.

Mosolf’s serving helped Hart follow that up with an 11-1 run later in the game to take a 19-6 lead.

By the third game, Hart had subbed in most of its reserves, but the offense didn’t slow down thanks to Almond’s performance in the middle.

Three different players co-led La Canada with four kills — Jonathan Sullivan, Matt Feber and Kevin Suh.

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