May 25, 2010 > NCS volleyball recap
NCS volleyball recap
Submitted By Kevin Yin
Three Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) boys volleyball teams -- Mission San Jose, Washington and James Logan high schools -- participated in the North Coast Section (NCS) volleyball championship tournament. Unfortunately, all three schools made an early exit, with each being defeated by first-round opponents on Tuesday, May 18.
Mission San Jose, seeded third, lost to the sixth-seeded De La Salle Spartans (27-25, 20-25, 25-11, 25-21). The match started out in exciting fashion. Mission jumped out to a 10-5 lead, but De La Salle came storming back, eventually clawing out a 21-18 edge. The Warriors then scored five of the next six points to take a 23-22 lead, but were unable to close the game out. De La Salle executed well down the stretch for the 27-25 win.
Mission would rally in the second set. The Warriors broke open a 7-7 game with a lightning 8-1 blitz. De La Salle chipped away at the lead with a late surge, but they were unable to narrow the margin below four points, and Mission claimed a 25-20 win. Unfortunately for Mission, that would prove to be their high water mark.
De La Salle won both of the latter two sets in convincing fashion, winning 25-11 after trailing 2-1 early on, and 25-21, jumping out early and holding on at the end to advance to the second round.
"They just didn't play like they were scared at all," Kwon said of his adversaries' play. "Not that they should have been. They really deserved it; they really earned it. Great defense, pass well, serve, hit unbelievably well."
De La Salle coach Mike Hurlburt was pleased with his team's execution, saying after the game his team was able to get points when needed.
"I call these guys 'Team Light Switch,' " Hurlburt said with a teasing laugh. "It's literally on and off. It's game to game. They played tough tonight. I was proud of them."
Mission was hampered in this game by several injuries, including senior star William Klepac's rolled ankle.
"I won't downplay it; it was huge for us," Kwon said of Klepac's injury. "We took him out in game three; he just couldn't go on. Then, after we lost game three, he asked to come back on, and I think that says everything about the competitor that he is and how much heart he really has."
Meanwhile, the seventh-seeded Washington Huskies lost despite a tremendous effort to no.-2 seed Foothill High School (25-18, 24-26, 24-26, 25-17, 16-14). Cedric Lousi had 20 kills for the Huskies. Apoorva Shah recorded 44 assists, and Luke Gronert contributed nine kills and four blocks.
"The kids played awesome," said Washington coach Jeremiah Pricer. "Played their heart and soul out. Took one of the best teams to five games. We left everything out there."
Eighth-seeded Logan was beaten by the top seeded team in the tournament, Amador Valley, in a three-set match (25-19, 25-13, 25-19).
In the tournament championship, Foothill downed Amador Valley in four sets (25-14, 14-25, 25-16, 25-22) on Saturday, May 22