By Josh Levine
After losing the first set 26-24, Lowell High School strung together three strong games to defeat Lincoln High School 3-1 (24-26, 25-23, 25-18, 25-18) Wednesday at Lowell High School.
The Cardinals (3-3, 2-0) were led by Chen Chen Huo who had eight kills in the match.
“The first half of the season is about learning, and the second half is about playing,” said Lowell Head Coach Steven Wesley. “The first game we experimented with different lineups, but the second game on we went with our starters.”
The Mustangs (1-4, 1-1) were without Head Coach Vincent Tang and Assistant Coach Curtis Lee led the team on the bench. Tang was present at the game, but would not disclose why he was not coaching.
“I feel like if I’m there [on the bench] or not, they should play well,” said Tang. “Our boys, if they want to be champions, they need to learn to pick it up. Sometimes the referees don’t give you good calls. I don’t want to talk much about it, but they need to play through it.”
Ryan Leung led the Mustangs with a match-high 11 kills, and Philip Xie followed closely with nine.
Despite winning the first set, the Mustangs seemed to lose competitive spirit, according to Lee.
“I would say I was a little disappointed. I was expecting a little more. Lowell played a great game,” said Lee. “I think the only changes we made through the game were mentally, not structurally. We didn’t get any leadership from our captains. Things will and better change after this game.”