By Jeremy Balan
Galileo High School capitalized on frequent unforced errors from visiting Washington High School in a 3-0 victory (25-20, 25-15, 25-12) on Friday.
The win puts the Lions (4-3, 2-0) into first place, just ahead of AAA powers Lincoln and Lowell, who are both 1-0 in league play.
“We have a chance to make playoffs with the talent that we have,” said Galileo Head Coach Mark Huynh. “It’s going to be exciting once we get to Lowell, Balboa and Lincoln.”
Washington (0-2, 0-2) had a staggering 35 unforced errors that resulted in points in the three games, including 15 in the final game.
“This is only our second game and our team normally learns from our mistakes,” said Washington Head Coach Ryan Ung. “We always adapt and play a better game the next game.”
Galileo was led by sophomore Alan Tse, who had a match-high five kills and five blocks.
“He really loves blocking, but right now we have him playing a lot of positions,” Huynh said. “He’s a really good middle [blocker].”
The Lions dominated most of the second and third set, but battled through their own unforced errors the first game.
“We’re a little in experienced, and on top of that, we come out slow all the time,” Huynh said. “That’s going to hurt us against the teams, later on, that put the ball down on us.”
Washington appeared to gain momentum in the third game and held a 8-6 lead, but frequent errors and three consecutive aces from Galileo setter Nick Lew quickly put the deciding game out of reach. Lew also had a match-high nine assists.
Washington was led by sophomore Conrad Holda, who had seven blocks to go along with three kills and two aces.