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Foothill League volleyball: G.V. relies on its star

Schlossman is the go-to player in Grizzlies five-set win

Posted: April 20, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 20, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Golden Valley’s Bradley Surrete, right, shoots against Robert Goldson of Canyon High at Canyon High on Thursday. Golden Valley defeated the Cowboys 3-2.

 

When in doubt, just set Alec Schlossman.

That was the motto for Golden Valley boys volleyball on Thursday against Canyon at Canyon High School.

It was a simple plan, and just effective enough to lift the Grizzlies to a 3-2 win by scores of 25-22, 22-25, 26-24, 20-25 and 15-13.

In the fifth game, Schlossman found the back-left corner of the court to land his match-high 32nd kill.

The senior outside hitter scored each of his team’s last three points in the final game.

“I had to,” Schlossman said of his performance. “We needed every single point.”

The win gives the Grizzlies (12-10 overall, 2-5 Foothill League) their second league win and it avenges a 3-1 loss to the Cowboys (8-12, 1-6) on March 27.

On Canyon’s side, the offense came from a mixture of three players — Danny Daniyelyan, Kevin Rackliffe and Michael Foster — who combined for 41 kills.

Daniyelyan and Rackliffe co-led with 15 apiece and Foster added 11.

But far too many errors proved to be Canyon’s undoing, along with the emergence of Schlossman as the match wore on.
“I think they finally figured out how to set No. 7 (Schlossman) over and over and over again,” said Canyon head coach Andrew Spackman.

In the first game, Golden Valley won with strong serving, including two aces by setter Zach Pearce and five by Bradley Surrete.

Surrete hit all five of his aces in a span of six serves in the middle of the game, which aided a 7-0 Grizzlies scoring run and resulted in a 17-12 lead.

Serving became a key factor later in the match too, with the Cowboys committing a total of 30 service errors on the day.

Five of those occurred in the fifth game, which helped Golden Valley recover from an early 3-1 deficit.

“I think we definitely have a higher ace ratio than most teams,” Spackman said of serving. “But we also have a higher error ratio.”

Canyon won the second and fourth game with scrappy defense and more accurate serving and hitting.

Josh Duggins had a perfect 3.0 dig ratio for Canyon.

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