NORTHWEST GLENDALE — With no air conditioning available inside the gymnasium and construction taking place around parts of the Hoover High campus, little energy was displayed by the members of the school’s girls’ volleyball team.
It’s something that plagued Hoover Coach Charles Min, who watched his sluggish team suffer a 25-19, 25-19, 25-22 Pacific League loss to Pasadena on Thursday afternoon.
Min expected better since the Tornadoes (1-5, 1-3 in league) had recently had a stretch of quality practices that he figured would translate into some much-needed victories. Not so fast.
“The team played sloppy,” said Min following the 65-minute match inside the sweltering gymnasium. “I can kind of see it.
“We are better at practice, but today we were out there giving up points. We’ve been resorting to sloppiness.”
Pasadena (2-4, 1-3) overcame a 16-7 deficit in the third game. Hoover grabbed the lead on a kill by junior outside hitter Cynthia Hom before the Bulldogs charged back to complete the sweep.
Pasadena knotted the match at 19 before closing out the win on a 6-3 run.
“We’ve got to do better right there,” said Min, who received four kills apiece from Hom and junior middle hitter Rachel Sears. “We’ve got to [have the killer instinct] over and over until it’s automatic.”
Nothing proved to be automatic for the Tornadoes. Pasadena built confidence by mostly controlling each game during the late stages.
Senior outside hitter/opposite hitter Edlin Yousefi had three kills for the Tornadoes.
Pasadena raced out to an 11-2 lead in the second game, forcing Min to call a timeout. Hoover seemed to respond following the timeout.
After the Bulldogs took a 24-11 lead, Hoover rattled off eight consecutive points to close to within 24-19. However, Hoover’s fourth serving error gave Pasadena the victory.
In the first game, Hoover knotted the game at 14 before Pasadena went on an 11-5 run to win.
Hoover finished with six aces, including two from senior outside hitter/libero Ani Arshakyan.