MORAGA -- The Campolindo High boys volleyball team had passed numerous tests in defending its No. 1 East Bay ranking in recent weeks. But the Cougars' toughest challenge came Thursday night.
Campolindo hosted another of the East Bay's best in Deer Valley, which welcomed back star middle Marcus Lee and came out with a thrilling 22-25, 25-22, 16-25, 25-13, 15-13 road win.
"It was just a really good battle," Deer Valley coach Lou Panzella said. "I thought both teams played really well at times and I think the difference came after the third game when we started putting the ball in play and making them do something with it."
Down two games to one to Campolindo (8-1), the Wolverines (7-1) played to their strengths in the fourth game, setting Lee and Jordan Ewert, who combined for 11 kills.
In the fifth game with momentum on its side, Deer Valley took an early lead then withstood a furious rally from Campolindo to hang on to the win. Thio Grigley had three kills in the fifth game and from and Derrico Kwa finished with 45 assists for the match.
Ewert finished with 20 kills and Lee had 18 kills.