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Foothill League boys volleyball: Vikes find a way late

Valencia moves to 3-0 in league despite mistakes

Posted: March 30, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: March 30, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Valencia outside hitter Mark Moss (13) tries to hit past Hart’s Jared Turner on Thursday at Hart High.

 

Now is the time to be hitting a stride.

And thanks to a big come-from-behind win in the final game of the afternoon, Valencia boys volleyball gets to head into spring break with a sweet taste in its mouth.

The Vikings survived a shaky day of serving and beat Hart 3-0 by scores of 25-23, 25-17 and 27-25 on Thursday at Hart High School.

Both teams had a fair share of serving and hitting errors in the match, but Valencia (6-8 overall, 3-0 Foothill League) proved to be the more well-rounded, more composed team down the stretch in each game.

“(We) ignore the scoreboard and play our hearts out the whole way through,” said Valencia outside hitter Mark Moss.

With Valencia spotted a two-game lead, Hart came out swinging in the third game, running up to a 16-7 lead after a 10-1 scoring run.

The Indians (7-6, 1-2) played well at the net, getting three solo blocks from setter Chris LeClair to aid the run.

But it wasn’t a problem for Valencia, which quickly rallied back to knot the score at 21-21.

After failing to convert on their first match point at 24-23, the Vikings made up for it when Griffin Ender knocked down an ace for the victory.

It was an ironic finish to a match that saw 20 missed serves from Valencia and another 14 from Hart.

“I told the guys to be aggressive with their serves today,” said Hart head coach Kevin Ker. “But there was a run where we missed a few in a row, and at some point, you just have to get the ball over and build off that momentum.”

Once again, it was Vikings hitter Eric Ensing that led the match with 21 kills, but Moss added an extra dimension to the team while playing in every rotation for the first time.

Moss landed four kills and hit at a .571 clip.

Middle blocker Austin Csiszar added nine kills for Valencia.

“The good news for us is we can be better,” said Valencia head coach Kevin Kornegay. “We just have to get those (setters) dialed in.”

Tanner Tengberg led Hart with 13 kills and he added two aces.

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