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Foothill volleyball: Indians get the advantage

Hart earns second place; Valencia finishes undefeated

Posted: May 6, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: May 6, 2011 1:55 a.m.
 

Last time Golden Valley and Hart boys volleyball met on the court, it was over quickly.

But last time, the teams weren't fighting for second place in the Foothill League.

Hart had to battle a passionate crowd to rally for a 3-2 victory in Thursday's league finale at Golden Valley High School.

The Indians (24-7, 8-2) won by scores of 20-25, 29-27, 25-14, 23-25 and 15-9, securing outright second place in the league standings.

When the teams last met on April 20, Hart won 3-0.

This time around, Golden Valley (16-11, 6-4) came out firing, winning the opening game.

"Every time they scored a point, I have to give it to them, the intensity was there," said Hart co-head coach Mary Keen. "They were loud, they were cheering and they definitely overpowered us with their excitement."

In the next two games, Hart countered strong with outside hitter J.J. Mosolf attacking through the Grizzlies' block.

Mosolf finished with a season-high 30 kills to go with a team-high 17 digs.

"We couldn't block him to save our life," said Golden Valley head coach Jeff Cody. "We couldn't, and that hurt us."

The Grizzlies forced a fifth game with the help of its own senior hitters, Ryan Kessler and Alec Schlossman, who had 22 and 18 kills, respectively.

Kessler also had a match-high 32 digs.

Hart went up 8-0 to start the fifth game behind the strong serving of Tanner Tengberg. Golden Valley couldn't recover.

Tengberg landed 16 kills and three aces.

Valencia 3, Saugus 0
Another year, another undefeated season league season for Valencia.

After already clinching a Foothill title, the Vikings swept Saugus on Thursday at Saugus High School to cap a perfect 10-0 record, extending the state-best league winning streak to 102 straight matches.

That marks a 10th straight undefeated league season for Valencia, which finished 19-7 overall and won by game scores of 25-19, 25-17 and 25-22.

"I think last year, there was a lot more sense of relief when we finished undefeated because we had a couple matches that went to five (games)," said Valencia head coach Mark Knudsen. "This year, we're a lot more mature and we have a lot more confidence. We managed to stay controlled the whole time."

Throughout league play, Valencia lost just two games - one to Golden Valley and one to Saugus in a previous meeting.

On Thursday, Valencia took advantage of numerous service errors committed by the Centurions (6-13, 3-7).

Kurt Fults led the Vikings with nine kills and Broc Oppler followed with eight kills as well as four aces.

"That's kind of been our story all season long," said Saugus head coach Barry Nua. "We battle our own errors. It's kind of tough when we don't make our serves and don't really help ourselves out."

Shane Nazarian finished the day with 22 assists for Valencia and Griffin Ender had 13 digs.

Canyon 3, West Ranch 0
Neither team has had it easy this season, but Canyon gets to finish with a good taste in its mouth.

Canyon shut out West Ranch to pick up its first win of the season against a Foothill opponent on Thursday at Canyon High School, winning the games 25-23, 25-17 and 25-20.

With both teams finishing the season under .500 overall, neither can qualify for a CIF at-large bid.

"I hope that they take a lesson from this," said Canyon head coach Andrew Spackman of the win. "If you don't invest emotionally in the game, you're not going to win. If you do, you are."

For the first time in league play, Spackman said, the Cowboys (7-12, 1-9) stayed mentally tough throughout.

Danny Daniyelyan had match-highs in two categories with 12 kills and nine aces for Canyon.

As a team, Canyon tallied 19 aces and missed just four serves.

"Canyon probably played their best match of the season," said West Ranch head coach Nate Sparks. "I give them all the credit. They were serving well."

Dylan Grant led the Wildcats (9-11, 2-8) with seven kills in two games played. Chet Nordskog added six kills.

 

 

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