Other Side of the Coin Not Kind to the Tigers

San Marino, Temple City Get the Breaks In Rare Four-Way Tiebreaker; Tigers Lose In One-Game Varsity Volleyball Playoff
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It turned out only to be fool’s gold, the Tigers’ last gasp, five-set Senior Day volleyball victory over San Marino on Tuesday afternoon that threw the Rio Hondo League into what should be a constitution-changing tizzy.

Answering the prayers of Temple City, La Cañada and, well—their own—South Pasadena defeated the Titans by scores of 22-25, 25-16, 19-25, 25-21 and 15-12 to create a four-way logjam for first place with all of the aforementioned teams in possession of 5-3 records.

With everyone at the top even with a 1-1 head-to-head record, Rio Hondo League athletic directors decided to give first place to the team which had won the most sets in league play, and that was San Marino with 14.

A coin flip was held to decide second place and La Cañada and South Pasadena were forced into a best-of-three set playoff Wednesday on Temple City’s neutral court, where the Spartans prevailed by scores of 25-18, 25-18.

Senior Fernando Sornoso paced the Tigers’ offense with consistent hitting with help from Maxton Lam and Kai Hekekia.

But inconsistent serve receive doomed South Pasadena’s hitters against the best blocking team in the Rio Hondo League.

Sornoso, Hekekia, Andy Hsaio, Kyle Wooten, Cole Schroeder and Reno Goudeau shared the credit during the dramatic win over San Marino.

Although they play two divisions higher than San Marino, the Tigers will probably be left home for the playoffs, unless Coach Ivy Chew is able to wrangle a wild card spot

Mitch Lehman

With over 22 years in publishing and a long time local, Mitch Lehman is a frequent contributor to the South Pasadena Review and Quarterly magazine. He has received two independent Pulitzer Prize nominations and in 2016, Mitch won 5 awards in the California Newspaper Publishers Association's Better Newspapers Contest.

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