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Foothill V-Ball roundup: Canyon makes case for playoffs

Posted: May 6, 2014 10:30 p.m.
Updated: May 6, 2014 10:30 p.m.

Canyon's Jake DeYoung hits the ball against Hart defenders Justin Fortner (14) and Luke Maly (7) at Canyon High on Tuesday.

 

The Canyon High boys volleyball team needed a win on Tuesday in order to have a chance at a playoff berth.

It wasn’t easy but the Cowboys did their part with a 3-1 win over visiting Hart by set scores of 26-24, 25-23, 16-25, 27-25.

Canyon (15-9 overall, 4-6 Foothill League) can now apply for an at-large bid and have the chance for its first CIF-Southern Section Division I playoff berth since 2009.

Cowboys head coach Jeff Cody knows a deep run in the playoffs would be tough, but is excited for his young team to get the opportunity to experience it.

“As a No. 4 team with an at-large bid, we’re going to have to play someone tough,” he said. “I have a feeling that we’ll have to head to Orange County against a really high-level volleyball team. But we have a lot of youth, and we’ll be returning nearly everyone next year, so we just want to keep building. We’ll get the experience and go into the summer and preseason next year hitting the ground running.”

Canyon was able to squeeze past Hart 3-2 in its first matchup earlier this season and the rematch was nearly as close.

In their three set wins, the Cowboys never led a set by more than four points and won all three sets by the minimum two points.

In fact, it was the Indians who were able to build up the biggest lead of the match when they won the third set by nine points, 16-25.

Hart led for most of the fourth set before the Cowboys were able to put them away 27-25.

The Cowboys were led by Jake DeYoung with 24 kills, Noah Ozuna with 13 digs and Jacob Fredrick with 43 assists.

“(Canyon) played well and we just came up short,” said Hart head coach Ryan Mason. “We didn’t close but we played hard and I’m proud of the way my guys played all year.”

Hart finishes its season 2-8 in Foothill League play, good for fifth place, and 3-14 overall. They were led on Tuesday by Tad Hawthorne who had 11 kills and Kyle Besa with 20 digs.

West Ranch 3, Valencia 1

West Ranch handed the Vikings their first Foothill League loss on Tuesday, winning a tight match by set scores of 25-23, 20-25, 31-29, 27-25.

Andrew Dieterle led the Wildcats with 18 kills, Brett Krahl had 14 kills and 4 blocks and Ethan Marshall had 44 assists.

Valencia was led by Kyle Ensing’s 31 kills and Logan Riley’s 40 assists.

Dakota Abbott added 10 kills.

Valencia had already clinched the outright league title as it finished the season 13-11 overall, 9-1 in league play. West Ranch ends up second place in league at 22-8, 8-2.

Saugus 3, Golden Valley 0

Saugus swept Golden Valley in straight sets, 25-17, 25-13, 25-13.

Max Nua led the Centurions with 12 kills and three aces. Zech Lee had 11 kills and Justin Coleman had 38 assists.

Saugus finished third place in Foothill at 13-4 overall, 7-3 in league.

For Golden Valley (11-14, 0-10), Bradley Surette led with six kills, Tristan Murachanian had five kills, Dominic Scaglione added seven digs and Blake Dingler had 10 assists and four aces.

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