South Torrance, CA- The Regents took first in their pool on Day 1 of the Redondo Classic. The faced Millikan, La Canada, and Peninsula and came out victorious in all three matches, though barely escaping a tough three set match against Peninsula.
To quickly recap: All three teams that St. Lucy's played today were quality teams. The pace of the games and skill level was challenging, but the Regents prevailed with tough serving, strong and patient defense, outstanding setting, and really smart hitting. The Regents took Millikan out in straight sets, 25-18 and 25-16. The Millikan 6'6" middle presented a tall challenge for the much smaller Regents, but patience and scrappy defense won the day. Next came La Canada. The Regents did not perform as error free as they did int he first set, but got through in straight sets because of their tough serves and scrappy defense. This one went 25-11 and 25-18. The final and toughest match came against Peninsula. The teams stayed within a point or two of each other in set one until the end, but Peninsula was effective at the finish and pulled away to a 25-22 win, handing the Regents their first loss on the day. St. Lucy's came out and took control in set two, with Loryn Carter making several blocks and more strong serving and defense. Peninsula never presented a threat in this set and the Regents ran away with it 25-13. Set three was a battle. The Regents built up a four point lead at 10-6, but the Panthers came storming back to take the lead 13-11. The Regents took the next four points on a Peninsula serving error, a Caro tip to the corner, a Peninsula hitting error and a Peninsula net violation. Regents won set three 15-13.
St. Lucy's moves on to the Gold Division. Play starts at 8:30 tomorrow morning at Redondo Union High School.