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November 18, 2009 > Local teams eliminated from NCS Volleyball Tourney

Local teams eliminated from NCS Volleyball Tourney

By Biff Jones
Photos By Mike Heightchew

First round and quarterfinals of the North Coast Section (NCS) Girls Volleyball Tournament were played last Wednesday and Saturday, November 11 and 14. Teams were divided into six divisions by enrollment (Divisions I, II, III, IV, V, and VI) with DI the largest schools and DVI the smallest. Each division was composed of 11-14 teams.

In DI on Wednesday, #4 Mission San Jose High School hosted #13 Berkeley High School; #7 Irvington High School was home to #10 Liberty High School; and #11 James Logan High School had to travel to #6 Washington High School. DIII saw #7 Moreau Catholic High School play host to #10 Acalanes High School. And in DV, #6 College Prep High School had to go on the road to play #10 Fremont Christian High School.

MSJ handedly defeated Berkeley 3-0 with game scores being, 25-15, 25-8 and 25-17. Leading Coach Donny Hui's Warriors were Allison Day, 15 kills, 7 digs; Keila Mah, 11 kills, 7 aces, 3 digs, 1 block; and Diana Yan 27 assists and 1 ace.

In an all-Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) match, Washington won a tight 3-2 decision over Logan, 25-18, 24-26, 16-25, 25-14 and 15-10. Leading the Huskies of coaches Ashley Eyre and Nicole Rodamer were Konami Yokoyama, 21 kills, 5 blocks, 10 digs; Kori Guerra, 9 kills, 6 aces, 12 digs, 5 blocks; Cody Bates, 18 digs; and Chessie Santeramo, 35 assists, 6 kills.

Leaders for Coach Danielle Anderson's Logan Colts were Amber Zimmerman, 20 assists, 13 digs; Sheyysse Patolo, 5 aces, 1 kill; Lisa Nguyen, 30 digs; and Danielle Lorano, 10 kills, 6 blocks. Logan finished fourth in the MVAL and had an 11-14 overall record.

Irvington's successful 2009 season (second in the MVAL) for Coach Kim Martin's Vikings came to an end as they were upset at home by Liberty, 3-1. Game scores were 25-16, 25-18, 20-25 and 15-10.

DIII saw MC move on to the quarterfinals with a 3-1 (25-18, 23-25, 25-15 and 25-11) victory over Acalanes. Stat leaders for Coach Lyndsey Mieltz's Mariners were Megan Scully, 6 kills, 4 blocks, 3 aces; Katrina Torres, 8 kills, 12 blocks; Laura Burckhardt, 29 assists, 5 digs, 2 blocks; and Rina Taufaasau-Tui, 5 kills, 5 blocks.

Fremont Christian had their season-ending match when College Prep defeated them 3-0 in Division V play. Scores were 25-14, 25-18 and 25-14. FC Warriors finished second in the Bay Counties League (BCL) regular season and won the BCL playoff tournament. Their overall record was 15-10.

In the quarterfinals on Saturday, Nov. 14, the remaining three local teams had their seasons also come to an end.

Moreau Catholic lost a road match, 3-0, to #2 Analy High School with game scores 25-22, 25-15 and 25-21. Mariners finished second in the Hayward Area Athletic League (HAAL) regular season and ended with a 29-7 overall record.

Closest quarterfinal saw Washington travel to #3 Foothill High School and fall 3-2. Scores of the games were 15-25, 25-17, 25-23, 16-25 and 16-14. Top Huskies players were Yokoyama, 29 kills, 8 blocks, 3 aces; Caitlin Jorgen's, 8 kills, 3 blocks; Guerra, 6 kills, 15 digs; Janelle Serex, 15 kills, 8 blocks; and Bates, 29 digs. Washington finished with a 23-11 overall record and was third in the MVAL.

Finally, MSJ fell 3-1 at home to #5 Deer Valley High School. Game scores were 20-25, 25-17, 27-25 and 25-22. Leading the Warriors were Mash, 22 kills, 9 digs, 1 block; Yan, 32 assists, 3 digs, 2 blocks; Day, 6 kills, 3 aces, 3 digs; and Stephanie Hur, 4 kills, 2 aces, 3 digs and 3 blocks.

Said Coach Hui, "MSJ was up by 18-9 in game three, and then Deer Valley came back to win 25-27. Deer Valley's opposite hitter had a phenomenal night and we couldn't stop her."

MSJ finished with a 30-6 overall record and won the MVAL regular season and post season tournament.

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