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Glendale 13, Arcadia 4: Defense led the Nitros to a Pacific League-opening victory on the road Thursday with Arman Momdzhyan and Martin Chatalyn providing Glendale with more than enough offense with five and three goals, respectively.
“We came out and our focus was on defense,” said Glendale Coach Forest Holbrook, whose team is 11-5 overall this year, “and our main scorers were able to put the ball away today.”
Offensively, Glendale came out slow and managed just one goal in the first quarter. The Nitros found another gear in the second frame, as they rattled home seven goals in seven minutes for an 8-1 lead at halftime.
While it’s good to open league with a win, Holbrook knows the whole league — and every other team for that matter — will be gunning for the Nitros, who are ranked atop the CIF Southern Section Division V polls.
“We have talked about it enough to where they understand now,” Holbrook said of his team being targeted. “The point has been driven home. They know every team is out for them, they practice really hard, come in focused and that showed with their game today.”
Hoover 10, Burroughs 8: The visiting Tornadoes (3-8, 3-6 in league) picked up a Pacific League win Thursday. Hoover’s Petra Beglarian swept her three sets, losing only one game. Diana Karapetyan and Kristine Adzhemyan won two sets, 6-1, 6-1, to spark Hoover.
Crescenta Valley 17, Glendale 1: Alexa Gregorian swept her three singles sets without losing a game to lead visiting Crescenta Valley to a Pacific League win Thursday. The Falcons improved to 10-4, 6-3 in league. Glendale (5-6, 4-5) got a 6-2 win from its doubles team of Danielle Fabian and Imani Story on Thursday in a Pacific League match.
Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 10, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy 8: Lara Sarkisian and Holly McVaugh of Flintridge Sacred Heart won two doubles sets, 6-1, 6-3, on Thursday in a Mission League road match at Braemar Country Club. The Tologs dropped to 2-6, 1-3 in league.
Arcadia 3, Crescenta Valley 0: The visiting Falcons fell, 25-23, 25-17, 25-11, on Thursday in a Pacific League match. Noel Wong finished with eight kills and four aces for Crescenta Valley (3-6, 2-5 in league).
Louisville 3, Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy 2: Meghan Lacey had 15 kills for the visiting Tologs, but Louisville rallied for a 22-25, 22-25, 25-19, 25-19, 15-12 Mission League win. Katie Conley and Sophia Coffey contributed 12 and 10 kills apiece, respectively, for Flintridge Sacred Heart (4-7, 1-2 in league).