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CIF boys volleyball: Silver lining

Golden Valley falls in program’s first home playoff match

Posted: May 13, 2010 11:38 p.m.
Updated: May 14, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Golden Valley's Dalton Frost, right, hits the ball over the net as Laguna Beach's Paulo Uiseco attempts to block it during their CIF-Southern Section Division II second-round match on Thursday at Golden Valley. The Grizzlies lost 3-0.

It was hard to tell the losers from the winners after Thursday night's volleyball match between Golden Valley and Laguna Beach.

The Breakers beat the Grizzlies 25-14, 25-17, 25-14 in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division II playoffs at Golden Valley High School, but the Grizzlies were just happy to have made it as far as they did.

It was the first boys volleyball playoff match ever played at Golden Valley.

"No one expected anything from us," said Grizzlies head coach Jeff Cody. "No one ever expected us to take third in this league and no one expected us to get past the first round of the playoffs."

Cody said he knew that Laguna Beach, the No. 1 seed from the Orange Coast League, would be a tough opponent,
"They are definitely one of the top teams and they showed that tonight," Cody said. "They're tall, they're fast, and I have to give them the respect they deserve."

Golden Valley had difficulty overcoming the Breakers' height advantage offensively and defensively.

"I think every kid on that team had four inches on our guys," Cody said.

Travis Woloson led Laguna Beach (20-8) with 14 kills and Robbie McKnight had 22 assists.

"They served well and they played all around great," said Golden Valley's Ryan Kessler. "They were really impressive."

Alec Schlossman knocked down six kills for the Grizzlies, while Ryan Holcombe had six digs and Dalton Frost put up four blocks.

Golden Valley (9-12-1) was able to battle with Laguna Beach and stay close in the first 10 points of each set, but the Breakers easily pulled away late in each set.

"Golden Valley fought hard. They were a worthy opponent," said Laguna Beach head coach Lance Stewart. "They were scrappy and I liked the way they played."

Ryan Kessler said he was already excited about next season because without any seniors this year, the entire team will be returning.

"I'm really proud of our accomplishments and can't wait to work on next season," Kessler said.


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