Boys Volleyball: St. Ignatius’ big front too much for Lincoln

St. Ignatius hitter Ian Colbert (far left) tries to put the ball past Lincoln blockers Philip Xie (left) Michael Li (right) on Friday at St. Ignatius Prep. (Photo by Devin Chen)

By Josh Levine

Seniors Joel Schow and Mat Collins combined for nine of St. Ignatius’ 18 blocks in the dominant 25-19, 25-8, 25-14 non-league sweep over visiting Lincoln High School Friday evening at St. Ignatius.

“Today went really well for us,” said St. Ignatius co-head coach Steve Dunne. “We managed to get everyone in, including some seniors who don’t start and some players got to play new positions. The biggest one was Mat switching from outside hitter to setter.”

The St. Ignatius Wildcats (6-2, 3-2) were never down by more than two points the entire match. With three players listed at 6-foot-6, the height advantage was too much for the Mustangs (0-2).

“It was our own mistakes out there and we really got sloppy,” said Lincoln assistant coach Brandon Yip, who was serving as head coach in the absence of Vince Tang. “Today was a humbling experience and it shows how hard we need to work this year.”

The Mustangs had 14 total kills over the three games, including three from senior Philip Xie, but they were plagued by communication problems and ineffective passing.

“They are a very good team,” Dunne said. “They have a great setter and Johnson Li really flies out there. As a team they hit the ball very well too.”

For the Wildcats, even with such a strong win there is still plenty of room for improvement.

“I think we still need to improve on our court communication along with our free-ball passing, but our other passes were very good and we’re heading in the right direction right now,” Dunne said. “Hopefully we peak at the right time, especially since the [West Catholic Athletic League] is very competitive. Bellarmine and St. Francis are the teams to beat still.”

St. Ignatius continues league play with games against Mitty on Tuesday and Serra on Thursday at home.

Lincoln plays one more non-league game on the road at Las Lomas before starting league play at home against Balboa on April 6.

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