Campbell Hall, playing without injured middle blocker Don White, dismantled Flintridge Prep, 15-10, 15-7, 15-7, in the first round of the Southern Section 2-A Division boys’ volleyball playoffs Friday.
In the absence of White, who punctured the back of his right leg in a motorcycle accident earlier this week, Will Fruehling and Dave Kim provided 12 kills each for host Campbell Hall (19-2).
White is questionable for Tuesday’s second-round match against San Gabriel, a 15-8, 15-0, 15-2 winner over Gethsemane Baptist on Friday.
Campbell Hall, despite the adjustments in its lineup, raced to a 10-2 lead to take command of the first game.
“We were out of sync early,” captain and setter Ty Leatherman said. “Don’s not being there puts us in a spot, but Will came through in a big way and so did Dave Kim.”
Flintridge Prep (10-7) managed to forge a 3-1 lead in the second game before Campbell Hall rallied behind six kills from Kim.
In the final game, Campbell Hall scored the first eight points, but Flintridge Prep countered with six of the next nine to trim the deficit to 11-6. Campbell Hall closed out the match behind Leatherman, who finished with 30 assists and 15 service points.
“Ty was everywhere tonight,” Campbell Hall Coach Kris Ragland said.
In another 2-A match:
Royal d. Crossroads, 15-5, 15-5, 15-6--Dean Borth had 22 assists and Ethan Weiss had 14 service points as Royal (15-1) won its 14th in a row in a first-round match at Royal.
The win was the first in the playoffs for the 2-year-old Royal program.
Harvard d. Long Beach Wilson, 15-17, 15-5, 15-6, 15-8--The Saracens, the top-ranked team in the 3-A, overcame a sluggish start in a first-round match to improve its record to 16-0. Bob Conca led Harvard with 21 kills and Rick Osterloh added 17.
Brentwood d. Chaminade, 15-11, 15-11, 15-3--Fourth-seeded Brentwood scored the final four points in each of the first two games in a first-round match at Brentwood.
Senior outside hitter Chris Bruckner had 20 kills and middle blocker Matt Chaney had seven blocks to lead Chaminade (13-7).