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May 20, 2009 > Mission Valley boys volleyball strong in NCS

Mission Valley boys volleyball strong in NCS

By Idorenyin Uto-Uko

The Boys volleyball teams in the Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) have been both vicious and victorious this season. They've climbed their way to stardom, boasting the previous NCS Division III Champion in Moreau Catholic. Castro Valley, Washington and American have each made positive moves this year. But the squads that have shown the greatest amount of success are James Logan and Mission San Jose.

James Logan had a good season. They reached the MVAL final and an NCS berth before losing to Las Lomas in the first round.

Moreau Catholic went 20-14 on the year. The team came up short in their first round Division III NCS match-up against Head-Royce. Their resilient record is a testament to their hard work. The school's JV team won league and should provide them with a lot of depth next year.

Mission San Jose reached the pinnacle of success when it made the NCS Division I final this weekend. Coach Kwon's team captivated his upstart team with insight and instruction in beating De La Salle in the first round.

They would face a formidable opponent in Deer Valley. "We focused like we have all season. That's what has got us to this point is our ability to focus under pressure," .MSJ senior Seewing Yee said. Yee and his teammates used that type of focus to beat Deer Valley in five crucial games: 21-25, 29-27, 25-16, 21-25, 15-6.

It was in the NCS final against Foothill when Mission really felt the pressure. The #1-seeded Foothill would take it to the upstart MSJ Warriors early and would end up with the victory, three sets to none: 25-21, 25-11, 25-23. "All the credit goes to Foothill," Kwon said.

Despite the loss Kwon's team had an excellent year, going 32-9. "Nobody could have imagined we'd be here," said Kwon. "I hope this is the first time of many to come."

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