Pali High Volleyball Captures Redondo Classic

Sophomore outside hitter Akhil Tangutur (left) was named MVP after leading Palisades to the tournament title. Photo: Steve Galluzzo
Sophomore outside hitter Akhil Tangutur (left) was named MVP. / Photo: Steve Galluzzo

By STEVE GALLUZZO | Sports Editor

After watching his team squander several leads in its first match Friday at the Redondo Classic, Palisades High boy volleyball coach Carlos Gray reminded his players they still had a lot to play for.

“We can’t just have wins and losses and be okay,” Gray said following the Dolphins’ three-set loss to Calabasas. “It’s all about our level of play and we have to hold ourselves to a higher standard.”

Palisades responded by winning its last six matches to win the Gold Division championship and establish itself as an early frontrunner for  the City Section title. The Dolphins swept Long Beach Millikan, 25-18, 25-16, then outlasted Notre Dame, 25-27, 25-22, 15-13 to finish second  in their pool Friday and earn a berth in the upper bracket Saturday. They  survived against Servite, 25-15, 19-25, 18-16, swept San Marcos and Orange Lutheran, then exacted revenge with a 25-17, 25-17 triumph over Calabasas in the finals.

Akhil Tangutur earned Most Valuable Player honors while Marcus Partain and Justin Howard also made the All-Tournament team.