Volleyball Girls Complete Perfect Run Through League

The South Pas High girls volleyball team poses after a recent victory. The Tigers completed their league schedule with a 10-0 record.

They ran the table.

The South Pas High varsity girls volleyball team recorded two more victories this week — finishing the Rio Hondo League portion of their schedule with a 10-0 record.

Tuesday, the visiting Tigers beat Blair in straight sets 25-14, 25-14 and 25-8.

Wednesday it took four sets, but the Tigers prevailed 23-25, 25-20, 25-11 and 25-21 over Temple City at home.

And 10-0 isn’t the team’s only dominating stat — the Tigers lost only five sets in their 10 league games and only 24 sets out of the 100 played in 35 overall games.

Second-year head coach Ivy Chew has a young team made up of mostly sophomores and juniors, but she’s proud to see them working so hard. She sees it as a positive because she was able to implement her system last year and keep it going.

“Last year was my first year coming into the program, and last year was about pretty much seeing what this program is capable of doing,” Chew said.

“Coming into last season, I already had a young team — my key players were freshmen and sophomores — so we started to build our chemistry last year and that carried on. … We were able to carry over the same mentality and spirits from last year but even better. We were able to see what this team was capable of doing against other teams in our league and what we had to do against them to beat them and take the league.”

The Tigers actually clinched the league title with their eighth win, 3-1 last week against La Cañada High.

Their league play started last month against San Marino, Monrovia, La Cañada and Blair in consecutive games and they were able to pull together convincing wins against each team — 3-1, 3-0, 3-2, and 3-0, respectively.

After a tournament and two non-league games, they returned to league play two weeks ago to face Temple City, San Marino, Monrovia and La Cañada with similar results, winning 3-0, 3-0, 3-0, and 3-1, respectively.

The Tigers are ranked fourth in the Southern Section Division 4 standings record-wise, but the advisory committee for the section ranks the team seventh in the top 10.

After winning the league, postseason play is a reality for the Tigers, but Chew doesn’t want his players to get ahead of themselves. She’s focused on Friday’s match versus Whittier Christian.

“We’re definitely taking it one game at a time, because I feel like the more we try to put on them, it’s more of a stress for them on what they need to do,” Chew said.

Chew is also looking forward to next season with the same group of girls and the same staff. She will be without two graduating seniors but has six juniors to fill the void next season.

The girls travel to face Whittier Christian on Friday at 6:15 p.m.

South Pasadena will likely have to wait until Monday to find out where it’s ultimately ranked and how the schedule plays out for the postseason.