South Pasadena libero Madison Hirano dives for one of her 18 digs, during Tuesday’s CIF playoff match at South Pas. The host Tigers defeated visiting Paso Robles, 3-0, and will face Westridge in the second round on Thursday. (MIKEY HIRANO CULROSS/Rafu Shimpo)
South Pasadena junior libero Madison Hirano had 18 digs and an ace, while teammate Maddie Saito slammed five kills, and the Tigers moved on to the second round of the CIF Southern Section Div. 2AA girls’ volleyball playoffs on Tuesday.
South Pas had little trouble with visiting Paso Robles, posting a three sets to none sweep. The Bearcats didn’t go down without a fight, however, drawing even in the third frame and taking a on -point lead, 21-20. From there, the South Pas offense and blocking were too stringent and the third set ended 25-21.
The next opponent for head coach Shari Iwatani‘s Rio Hondo League champ Tigers (21-3) will be crosstown Westridge (22-6), who finished third in the Prep League. Game time is set for 7 p.m. Thursday at South Pasadena.
– MIKEY HIRANO CULROSS
Maddie Saito takes charge and drives home one of five kills she had in the match. (MIKEY HIRANO CULROSS/Rafu Shimpo)