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Hart charges back to beat Cowboys

Posted: April 16, 2008 2:07 a.m.
Updated: June 17, 2008 5:02 a.m.

Hart High's Shane Siezega, left, slams a kill over the net as Brent Borgese of Canyon (7) attempts to block the kill. The Indians won the mtach in five games and Siezega finished the match with 20 kills.

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The Hart High boys volleyball team started and ended Tuesday's Foothill League match against Canyon the same way, playing with fire and passion.

However, the Cowboys nearly put out that fire but Hart held on for a dramatic five game win at home 25-16, 25-22, 22-25, 16-25, 12-15.

After Hart played so well the first two games, the second two were a dramatic reversal of fortune for both teams while the fifth looked just like the first two.

The Indians came out fired up and raced to a 14-6 lead thanks to a huge Shane Siezega kill.

"I just told them what they can accomplish in league if we win the rest of our matches. We can be in playoffs," said Hart head coach Mary Krisan. "I told them, look at the outcome of league that you want and that got them fired up heading into the match."

Siezega added two more kills later in the first game and an ace from Joey Fernandez put Hart up 24-16, sealing Canyon's fate.

In the second game it was Kendall Smith leading the Indians, registering four kills in the game while Siezega added two of his own as the Indians rolled to another victory seemingly securing the match.

"In the first two games we just didn't show up to play," said Canyon head coach Brian Ingino. "We weren't playing well on both sides of the ball."

In the third and fourth games however, Canyon was the team playing with urgency and Hart (11-7, 3-2) was the team struggling to find its rhythm.

"We became very complacent after the first two games," Krisan said. "I changed the lineup heading into the next two games and that combined with complacency equaled destruction for us."

Canyon (5-14, 0-5) took advantage to maintain the lead from the first point thanks to some strong defense and solid offense from both Zach Corbett and Brent Borgese who each had three kills in the game.

Smith nearly brought Hart back, however, with three straight kills to make it 22-24 but a Matt Veiga kill ended the rally and gave Canyon its first victory of the night.

The difference for the Cowboys was simple, according to Ingino.

"I just told them to go out and make it exciting," Ingino said. "Then, once we got going we were able to pass the ball around and to move the ball around and get kills."

In the fourth game it was all Cowboys.

Canyon raced out to a 13-8 lead with a kill from Justin Scott and never looked back.

Borgese finished the game with a huge block of Siezega and the match was headed to a decisive fifth game.

For Hart, the game plan heading into the fifth game was merely get the ball to its leaders.

"I instructed my setter (Joey Fernandez) to only set Shane (Siezega) and Kendall (Smith) and find them anywhere on the court because they were phenomenal," Krisan said.

Smith and Siezega both stepped up registering every kill for the Indians in the decisive game. Smith finished with 19 kills while Siezega recorded a match-high 20.

"The coach told Kendall and me, and the whole team, that we needed to pick up the intensity," Siezega said. "We were basically dead the whole (match) but it was the intensity that helped us win that game."

Both teams traded points until Siezega slammed a monster kill to put the Indians up 13-11 and take the wind out of Canyon. Two straight kills from Smith and it was over.

"The team was brought together in the fifth game and we had the bench standing and cheering and that drove the guys on the floor," Krisan said.

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