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Foothill boys volleyball: Hart still building off Vegas experience

Indians sweep second straight Foothill League opponent

Posted: April 22, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 22, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Hart’s Taylor Gregory (10) and Ben Kret celebrate a point in the third game against West Ranch on Thursday at Hart.

 

It isn't that Hart boys volleyball isn't taking its opponents seriously.

The team just has a certain swagger all of a sudden.

Since returning on Tuesday from playing nine matches in a Las Vegas tournament, Hart boys volleyball has dominated two straight Foothill League opponents in two days, keeping a secure hold of second place behind Valencia.

After a shutout of Golden Valley on Wednesday, the Indians repeated with another 3-0 takedown of West Ranch on Thursday at Hart High.

Hart took the games 25-17, 25-15, 25-7 in a match riddled with West Ranch errors.

"Ever since we came back from Vegas, they've had more fun," said Hart co-head coach Sia Irilian. "I don't want to say that they're having (too much) fun. It's focused, but fun."

It didn't take long for the Indians (21-6, 5-1) to establish themselves, starting with a 6-0 run with setter Chris Leclair serving.

Though West Ranch (8-8, 1-5) was able to neutralize Hart's attack after that, the score was never closer than 17-13 as attacking and serving errors started piling up for the Wildcats.

Four different West Ranch players finished with negative hitting percentages and the team racked up 14 service errors in the match.

"They don't know how to bounce back," said West Ranch head coach Nate Sparks. "They're not very mentally tough."

Even when the hitting appeared to be sound, Hart's defense rarely let balls drop and rarely made mistakes.

The scoring was fairly spread out, with J.J. Mosolf and Taylor Gregory notching seven kills apiece and Cody Seybold following with four.

Gregory also chipped in five blocks.

"We have to stay consistent," said Leclair, who finished with 16 assists. "That's the biggest thing. Keep playing consistent, keep communicating."

Hart took early leads in all three games and never trailed at any point.

By game 3, the Wildcats' frustration began to show in the form of errant hitting and slightly off-target setting as the Indians took an 11-1 lead and never looked back.

Chet Nordskog led West Ranch with six kills.

In contrast to West Ranch, Hart looked loose and confident throughout the match. It ran simple, yet effective sets and kept miscues to a minimum.

"All the reps helps," Leclair said of the matches played since last weekend. "The more reps you get, the better you are."

 

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