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Hart's Momentum Stopped

Posted: March 5, 2008 12:40 a.m.
Updated: May 6, 2008 5:02 a.m.

Hart's Baron Werner (6) and Ryan Johnston, right, go up for a block against Kyle Strazzeri of Alemany, left, Tuesday at home. The Indians were swept by the Warriors in three games.

 
Despite winning four matches over the weekend at the Ventura tournament, momentum did not follow the Hart boys volleyball team into this week.

The Indians ran into Alemany on Tuesday and were swept 25-19, 25-14, 25-13 at Hart High.

"My team didn't show up today," said Hart head coach Mary Krisan. "Even they said they weren't motivated. They walked in dead, not communicating, no energy. They were just six individuals out on the court."

After being down 19-12 in the first game, the Indians (4-2) went on a mini 3-0 run that pulled them to within five points at 23-18. Kendall Smith, one of two returners for Hart this year, had two assists and a block in that stretch.

But Alemany wouldn't let Hart get any closer.

The senior Smith, who normally plays opposite, is playing setter for the first time this season. He's been playing setter for three weeks and finished the day with seven assists.

The Indians have all seniors with the exception of one sophomore on the squad, but Krisan said it's a group lacking in varsity experience. She has three seniors on the team that have never played volleyball before this season.

Shane Siezega is the only other returner and he notched a team-high 11 kills on Tuesday.

Alemany, on the other hand, has a senior-laden team with loads of experience mixed in with a couple of talented newcomers.

The Warriors had a balanced attack against the Indians, getting nine kills from Sean Quinn and eight kills apiece from Justin Howarth and freshman opposite Matt Tarantino.

"We have a senior-heavy team. It should be that way," said Alemany head coach Jamie Quaglino of his team's performance. "We did some things well."

Doing things well for the Warriors on Tuesday was going on long runs that created a hole too large for Hart to climb out of.

In the second game, they went on a 9-1 run after the Indians scored the first point of the frame. The Indians never got closer than five points the rest of the way.

It was a similar scene in the third game, when Alemany went on a 7-0 run to turn a 6-4 lead into a 13-4 lead.

"They had some tall athletic players who had a great vertical, but the major (problem) was due to a slowness in our blocking," Krisan said. "We came up short and they'd hit it right over us."

Alemany freshman setter Pat Erhardt finished with 25 assists and three aces for the match.

Quaglino's team is 2-0 on the season, but said Tuesday's match was a much better effort than his team's opener against Crescenta Valley.

"The first match was a little sluggish," he said. "We passed a little bit better and our hitting was better in this match."

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