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May 24, 2011 > Mission San Jose takes De La Salle to the wire

Mission San Jose takes De La Salle to the wire

By Biff Jones

North Coast Section (NCS) high school boys volleyball tournament was played last week in three divisions, I, II and III based on school enrollments with I being the largest. Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) teams participating in the three, eight-team tournaments were Mission San Jose and James Logan high schools in DI; John F. Kennedy High School in DII; and Moreau Catholic High School in DIII. MSJ was the No.5 seed, Logan, No.7, JFK, No.6 and MC, No.7.

In a DI first round game on Tuesday, May 17, Mission hosted No.4 California High School of San Ramon and the host Warriors prevailed, 3-0, in three hard-fought games, 25-22, 25-23, 25-18. Leading head coach Daniel Yang's Warriors were Jeffrey Kanemitsu with 34 assists, three blocks, two kills; Zaki Sarway 12 kills; Michael Wang 13 kills; and Alvin Zhou seven kills.

Also, in DI on Tuesday it was Logan at No.2 Deer Valley High School of Antioch and the visitors of head coach Steve Burmaster fell 3-0; 25-21, 25-16, 25-13. Logan ended its season at 22-12 and 7-3 in MVAL play.

Tuesday's DII action saw Kennedy travel to No.3 Northgate High School of Walnut Creek. JFK, under head coach Arbie Estabillo, also lost 3-0; 28-26, 25-13, 25-17. Kennedy ended up 15-10 and 1-8 in the MVAL.

Final round one game on Tuesday for the locals had Moreau Catholic of head coach Leah Manalo visit No.2 College Prep High School of Oakland. Moreau also ended their season with a 3-0 loss, 25-15, 25-19, 25-21 to finish 7-14 and 0-8 in MVAL.

Semifinal play on Thursday, May 19, required MSJ to travel to No.1 De La Salle High School of Concord, sporting a 40-2 overall record. After De La Salle won the first game 25-13, the Warriors decided they had come to play and won games two and three, 16-25 and 20-25.

With their backs against the wall, the host Spartans showed why they were 40-2 as they won game four, 25-15 and then took the all important rubber game, 15-8 for the 3-2 victory. Topping Mission's effort was Kanemitsu, 29 assists, three digs; Sarwary, 13 kills, six digs, two blocks, two aces; and Wang 13 kills, six digs, two blocks. MSJ finished their season 24-7, 10-0 in MVAL.

All three finals (I, II, III) on Saturday, May 21, saw No. 1 play No. 2. In DI it was host De La Salle (42-2) over Deer Valley (39-4), 3-1; 24-26, 25-19, 25-15, 25-23. DII host No.1 Campolindo High School (32-6) of Moraga over Sir Francis Drake High School (37-5) of San Anselmo, 3-0; 25-20, 25-12, 25-20. DIII at Benicia High School, No.1 St. Patrick/St. Vincent High School (31-5) of Vallejo over College Prep (27-7), 3-1; 25-23, 25-20, 22-25, 25-18.

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