By Josh Levine
After overcoming a nine point first-game deficit, Lincoln High School cruised to a 3-1 (25-22, 22-25, 25-17, 25-15) victory over visiting Galileo High School on Wednesday.
In the first set, the Mustangs (8-15, 5-3) did not have a share of the lead until it was tied at 22-22, but they ended the set on a 16-4 run.
“I told the guys we were losing because we were causing mistakes,” said Lincoln Head Coach Vincent Tang. “They made a conscious effort to fix things and we got it rolling.”
The Lions (16-11, 7-2) won the second set, but had a tough time closing out. Galileo up 24-17, but the Lincoln scored five unanswered points, and the Lions called a time out.
“I think we lost our energy, and we didn’t match their energy,” said Galileo Head Coach Mark Huynh. “It was the same thing as the first set, we had a tough time keeping up with them.”
Nick Lew of the Lions received a yellow card after yelling about the referee calls. While Lew did not say anything vulgar or profane, he, along with other Lions, expressed their disagreements with the calls on the court.
“My goal was to make sure he didn’t get a second [yellow card],” said Huynh. “He wasn’t swearing which was good, but we wanted to voice our opinions. There were some calls we felt they missed. They called us on coming over the net, but when they [Lincoln] came over, there was no call.”
Tang felt his team earned the victory.
“They just missed a couple calls, but that is going to happen in every match,” said Tang. “A referee should not be a determining factor in a game. The referees don’t affect how we pass or how we hit. They aren’t going to be deciding factors if you play well.”