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Foothill V-Ball roundup: Cents return with force

Posted: April 24, 2014 10:55 p.m.
Updated: April 24, 2014 10:55 p.m.

Saugus' Max Nua taps the ball down over Hart's Griffin Rost during the match at Saugus High School. Saugus won the match.

Saugus boys volleyball isn’t going away quietly after falling short to Valencia earlier in the week.

The Saugus Centurions bounced back with a 3-0 win over Hart on Thursday at Saugus High School by scores of 25-23, 25-12, 25-18.

That puts the Cents at 11-3 overall, 5-2 in the Foothill League and tied with West Ranch for second place.

Thursday’s win comes two days after Saugus was swept in three games by first-place Valencia.

For Hart, Sonny Mueller landed seven kills and teammates Justin Fortner, D.B. Gibbs and Luke Maly each added five kills.

“We’ve definitely improved a lot throughout the season,” said Hart head coach Ryan Mason. “It’s just little mishaps here and there.”

Hart is 2-8 overall, 1-6 in league.

Valencia 3, Golden Valley 0

It would take multiple upsets at this point to prevent Valencia from winning the Foothill League title.

Valencia beat Golden Valley by game scores of 25-14, 25-16, 25-23 on Thursday at Valencia High School.

At 10-7 overall and 7-0 in league, the Vikings hold a two-match lead over second place and can clinch at least a share of the league crown with a win over Canyon on Tuesday.

Another win against Hart next Thursday would give it the outright title.

“We shut the door on everybody,” said Valencia head coach Kevin Kornegay. “That’s the way we feel about it right now. Obviously we have to take care of business against Canyon and Hart.”

On Thursday, Kyle Ensing led Valencia with 15 kills, Logan Riley had six kills and Dakota Abbott added six aces.

West Ranch 3, Canyon 0

This was a back-on-track week for West Ranch boys volleyball.

The West Ranch Wildcats recorded their second Foothill League sweep of the week on Thursday with a 3-0 victory over the Canyon Cowboys by scores of 25-18, 25-21, 25-23 on Thursday at Canyon High School.

That keeps the Wildcats (19-8, 5-2) tied with Saugus for second place with those two teams set to face off on Tuesday at West Ranch.

Andrew Dieterle recorded 14 kills to lead West Ranch, while freshman setter Peter Patag had 30 assists. Braden Drake tacked on eight kills for the Wildcats.

Leading the way for Canyon (14-6-1, 3-4) was Jake DeYoung with 14 kills, followed by Jared Hathaway with nine kills and Jacob Frederick with 33 assists.


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