ANTIOCH -- Something has to give Friday night.
Deer Valley and Amador Valley high schools have had two of the best boys volleyball programs in the East Bay for quite a few years now, but surprisingly, neither has won a North Coast Section title.
That will change for one of the two teams as the Wolverines and Dons square off in the NCS Division I title game at 7 p.m. at Deer Valley.
Both teams enter the match with plenty of momentum.
The top-seeded Wolverines have won 33 straight matches since they lost to College Park on March 16. That includes a two-games-to-none victory over Amador Valley at the Dougherty Valley Invitational on March 23 and NCS Division I semifinal win over Foothill on Wednesday.
"Win or lose tomorrow it's been an amazing year for us," Deer Valley coach Lou Panzella said. "This is the most successful year we've had, it's been an amazing ride and I'm grateful to be a part of it.
"But there is more work to be done, and after our win over Foothill on Wednesday, we talked about being ready for the next step."
The Dons have won nine straight matches, which includes a thrilling five-game win over Foothill on May 2 that clinched the outright East Bay Athletic League title. They are also coming off a 3-0 win over second-seeded College Park, arguably their most impressive victory of the season.
"When you get this far, what matters is who brings it," Amador Valley coach Aaron Harper said. "Getting here was one of the goals of our seniors, and it's taken a lot, and now we just have to play like we did against College Park."
The two teams certainly aren't strangers to the NCS finals, both reaching the title game for the third time. Deer Valley was there as recent as 2011, and before that in 2007 while Amador Valley was there as recent as 2010.
In Division II, Campolindo High is in its fourth straight championship game and will be seeking its third title in a row. The Cougars have only lost twice this year, once to Deer Valley and once at the Bellarmine Tournament.
They also haven't allowed a team to score more than 17 points against them in a set, sweeping their way to the finals.