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November 9, 2010 > Prep fall sports gear up for postseason

Prep fall sports gear up for postseason

By Nick Zambrano

Irvington High School's Lady Vikings concluded the 2010 Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) volleyball season the same way they started it: in a completely dominant fashion.

At the beginning of the year, Irvington ripped off four straight victories in which they did not lose a single set. Their season ended the same, this time ripping off three straight wins with just one set lost. It was the Lady Vikings' third win streak of three games or more. Their longest such streak spanned eight games and two tournaments. During those streaks, Irvington lost a total of just four sets.

In the MVAL Championship game against Washington High School on Friday, Nov. 5, they put that premier skill set on display. In the 3-0 sweep, Irvington outscored the Lady Huskies 25-18, 25-21 and 25-18.

Middle blocker Katie Lopez had a stellar match compiling her stat sheet with 13 digs, 12 kills and three aces. Also contributing to the party were middle blocker Jinny Yan and senior Anaszsa Thompson. Yan dished out 15 kills, eight digs and seven blocks; Thompson finished with 11 digs.

Clinching the MVAL title guarantees Irvington a spot in the North Coast Section (NCS) Championships. MVAL will be represented by four schools in the California Interscholastic Federation tourney.

In the Division 1 brackets, Irvington received the fourth seed and will open up the tournament at home against San Leandro High. Mission San Jose clinched the ninth seed and will play on the road against Heritage High. Over in the Division 2 brackets, seventh seeded Washington will play host to Ukiah, while American will travel to play highly-touted, No. 2-seeded Redwood High.

All first round NCS volleyball matches are scheduled to start on Wednesday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m.

Volleyball isn't the only sport Irvington is excelling in. They have had a strong showing in the fall season with its boys water polo squad which, as the No. 8 seed in the NCS DI tourney, topped the No. 9 seed Clayton Valley, 7-6, in the opening round. With the win, Irvington advanced to the quarterfinals -- Tuesday, Nov. 9, 7 p.m. against top-seeded Acalanes High at Miramonte High School.

Washington boys water polo, as the No. 11 seed, were ousted from the tourney in the opening round at the hands of No. 6 seed Amador Valley, 13-12.

While Irvington is the only remaining local prep school in the boys water polo tourney, all three MVAL girls water polo representatives -- No. 8 Newark Memorial, No. 4 Washington and No. 6 Mission San Jose -- moved on to the quarterfinals of the NCS DI tourney.

Washington's Lady Huskies demolished No. 13 Berkeley in the first round, 17-1, and will face fifth-seeded Clayton Valley in the second round. Newark Memorial was on the high end of a low-scoring contest as they beat No. 9 Amador Valley, 8-6. In their march to the second round, the Lady Cougars will challenge No. 1 seed Monte Vista High. The Lady Warriors from MSJ completed an MVAL sweep as they passed No. 11 Liberty in a barn burner, 20-6. MSJ will play a tough No. 3 Foothill team in their second round match up.

All second round matches will commence on Tuesday, Nov. 9. Log onto the Tri-City Voice sports website -- -- for updates on each match.

And in NCS DIII boys soccer action, Fremont Christian High School, seeded 10th after cruising through the Bay Counties League regular and post seasons, showed they are better than its league's competition, topping both higher-seeded opponents and advancing to the semifinals.

In its opening-round match, the Warriors needed overtime, but were able to eliminate No. 7 Archbishop Hanna, 3-2, moving to the second round against the No. 2 seed Point Arena High School. Fremont Christian seemed to have an easier time in knocking off Point Arena, getting a clean sheet and a 2-0 win to move on to the semis.

Next up for the Warriors is that semifinals match-up, at home, against the No. 6 seed Sonoma Academy on Wednesday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m.

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