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Foothill V-Ball goes 0-for-4 in playoffs

Posted: May 13, 2014 10:03 p.m.
Updated: May 13, 2014 10:03 p.m.

Valencia's Kyle Ensing digs out the ball against Thousand Oaks on Tuesday at Valencia High School. Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea

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Valencia boys volleyball showed a propensity for winning close matches during Foothill League play this season.

Evidently, Valencia’s good fortune ran out in the playoffs.

The Valencia Vikings lost 3-2 to the Thousand Oaks Lancers in the first round of the CIF-Southern Section Division I playoffs on Tuesday at Valencia High School.

Led by a career-high 32 kills from Chad Esseff, the Lancers came back from a game down to win by scores of 15-25, 25-15, 21-25, 25-17, 15-8 to knock the Foothill League champions out of the playoffs.

At one point, Valencia led 2-1 in games and held a three-point lead in a potential clinching game four. But Thousand Oaks fired off a 9-1 scoring rally to take a 22-16 lead in the game and, in turn, all the momentum.

“We couldn’t close the door on those guys,” said Valencia head coach Kevin Kornegay. “We knew they were a tough draw. We knew these guys were going to be tough.”

Kyle Ensing led the Vikings (15-14) with 20 kills and seven aces, Logan Riley had 31 assists and Dakota Abbott added nine kills.

The match featured several big momentum changes, with Valencia looking in control in the first and third games while the Lancers (22-11) looked unstoppable down the stretch.

“We started getting on runs and we started getting momentum,” said Esseff, who also had four aces and nine digs.

He had six of his kills in the deciding fifth game alone.

For Thousand Oaks, Caleb Nickolaisen tallied 54 assists and Jake De La Garza had 13 kills and 11 digs.

Although Valencia is a relatively young team, it will still lose senior starters Nick Erickson, Trevor Nally, David Lampert and Riley.

“We built our strengths through last season,” Riley said. “We developed our hitters and figures out who our bester hitters were.”

St. John Bosco 3, West Ranch 0

After finishing second place in Foothill League, West Ranch went one-and-done in the CIF-SS Div. I playoffs, losing by scores of 26-24, 25-21, 25-19 on Tuesday at St. John Bosco High School.

Andrew Dieterle led West Ranch (23-9) with 16 kills, Ethan Marshall had 37 assists, Clay Burns added nine kills and Braden Drake tacked on seven kills.

West Ranch led St. John Bosco (26-6) at points of all three games, but couldn’t hang on.

San Juan Hills 3, Saugus 1

San Juan Hills (20-9) won the CIF-SS Div. I playoff match with game scores of 25-19, 25-15, 24-26, 25-16 on Tuesday at San Juan Hills High School.

Max Nua led Saugus (13-4) with 15 kills and hit at a .375 clip, Zech Lee added 10 kills and both Zach Choo and Grand Spooner each had six kills.

“We just couldn’t make a serve,” said Saugus head coach Barry Nua. “And (San Juan Hills) played really well too. They were all over the court. They picked up a lot of our balls. They converted a lot of transition balls.”

Santa Margarita 3, Canyon 0

Canyon lost three close games 25-17, 25-21, 25-23 on Tuesday in the first round of the CIF-SS Div. I playoffs at Santa Margarita High School.

Jake De Young had 18 kills for Canyon (15-10), which was playing in its first playoff match since 2009.

Noah Ozuna tacked on 13 digs and Jacob Frederick had 36 assists.

“I was pretty happy with the fact that we stepped up to challenge,” said Canyon head coach Jeff Cody.


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