With their hard-fought 25-14, 22-25, 25-13, 25-23 Crosstown League victory over visiting Foshay Learning Center of Los Angeles at Peck Park, the Polar Bears have won three straight and are looking every bit like a team capable of contending for a CIF-Los Angeles City Section Small Schools Division title.
POLA (4-4 overall, 3-0 league) would use the their serving strength to its advantage in all three of their winning sets, with senior libero Myra Munoz's jump serve providing the most problems for Foshay (3-1, 2-1). Munoz would serve seven aces to break open a tight first set tied at 13-13, serving 9 consecutive points. Junior setter Kaeli Johnson served four more aces in the second set.
In the third set, it was senior outside hitter Angela Wade's turn to shine with five aces in a third set that the Polar Bears were in charge from the outset, taking a quick 7-2 lead and not allowing Foshay to take a lead.
The fourth set saw Foshay grab a quick 4-0 lead, and the Wolverines led for the majority, until the combined serving of Munoz, Wade and senior middle blocker Allison Bayer continued to put pressure on, and tied the set at 22-22 before two straight attack errors gave POLA the lead. Bayer's ace finished the match.
Wade was all around brilliant for POLA, with 15 kills, 12 digs and 8 aces. Munoz would finish with 10 aces and 17 digs, Bayer had 9 kills, 2 aces and 2 blocks, junior outside hitter Tiffany Torres had four kills, senior setter Annie Constantino had 20 assists, and Johnson finished with five aces for the Polar Bears, who will next face Diego Rivera of Los Angeles on the road Monday.
Junior outside hitter Isabela Van Antwerp added two kills in limited action for POLA.