Prep Girls Volleyball: Poway High shows fight in loss to No. 1 team in nation Torrey Pines
By Michael Bower
Poway High didn’t come away with a victory in its first shot against the top-ranked girls volleyball team in the nation. But the Titans showed the type of fight and character of a championship team.
The Titans seemed well on their way to being swept out of their own building, but grinded out a 29-27 win in Game 3 before eventually succumbing to rival Torrey Pines 3-1 (25-15, 25-19, 27-29, 25-16) Wednesday in a Palomar League match.
The Titans were drilled the first two games and could have waved the white flag, but the team rallied behind captain Blair Ehrlich, outside hitter Paige Ehrlich and setter Kelsey Horvath to capture a thrilling Game 3.
Poway (9-3, 0-1 Palmoar) had to earn it, as the Falcons fought off game point three times before Paige slammed home a kill and then ripped off an ace to give the Titans the hard-fought victory.
“My personal goal for this match was to win one game,” said Blair Ehrlich, who had a team-high 14 kills. “I also wanted to get better with each game and I think we did that. I am really proud for the team. They stayed positive and loose.”
Torrey Pines put the match away in Game 4 behind 6-foot, 6-inch middle blocker Jennie Frager. She posted five kills during a Falcons’ 7-0 run, which put the game out of reach for Poway.
Paige had seven kills and two of Poway’s 13 aces in the match. Horvath fed her hitters well, finishing with 35 assists.
The Falcons are 12-1 and 2-0 in league play. The lone loss for Torrey Pines came to the current No. 2 team in the nation, Papillion-LaVista South of Nebraska.
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