For about 400 students at Chaminade High, a volleyball match was more important than Tuesday evening's American League playoff game. But this wasn't just any volleyball match, this was the 'Nade against the 'Ville, considered the two best teams in the San Fernando Valley League.
And like the players, fans from both schools came prepared, doing everything but the Wave to support their teams. There were balloons and pompons. There were mascots. Posters read, "Louie Whoie?" and "Sink the Royals." Some of Chaminade's players even got into the act, breaking out their version of rally hats for the fifth game.
In the end, there was one thing Chaminade didn't have--Tina Kohler.
With Kohler leading the way, Louisville came back from a 14-10 deficit in the fifth game and defeated the Eagles, 15-13, 12-15, 15-9, 8-15, 16-14, in a 2 1/2-hour match to give Louisville sole possession of first place.
With the victory, Louisville (5-3, 5-0) handed Chaminade (7-1, 4-1) its first loss of the season and snapped the Eagles' league winning streak at 29. It also was Coach Mike Lynn's first home loss in a league match at Chaminade.