The De La Salle High boys volleyball team and its nine seniors capped a special year with yet another dominating performance.
The top-seeded Spartans topped No. 3 Mission San Jose 25-19, 30-28, 25-20 on Saturday afternoon to capture their second straight North Coast Section Division I championship. Host De La Salle (34-2) didn't drop a game in the postseason and hasn't lost a match since March 24.
In a year in which they also won the prestigious Bellarmine College Prep Tournament, the Spartans ended the season on a 27-match winning streak.
"They're a very talented team, and they're tough to stop because their outside combination is just excellent," said Mission San Jose co-coach Dan Kwon. "In game three, we got kind of tired and couldn't keep up with them, and they stepped it up a little bit."
The smaller Warriors (28-8), who were missing their starting libero, had a tough time slowing the Spartans' combination of Peter Edwards and Trevor Felix.
Kwon was happy with how his team executed its game plan in the second game, nearly pulling out a win to tie the match. The Spartans missed three straight serves on game point but won the game on a kill by Edwards followed by a block from Dan Hurley. De La Salle carried the momentum to the third game and controlled the rest of the match.
"It was kind of intense," Edwards, who had 19 kills, said of the second game. "We just wanted to make sure we got the ball in. Obviously, we missed
Monte Vista 5, Foothill 0: Daniel Gallagher spun a three-hit gem, and the No. 3 seed Mustangs beat the No. 6 Falcons in an NCS Division I quarterfinal.
Gallagher continued a great run of pitching for host Monte Vista (16-10), which has not allowed a run in its two postseason games. The Mustangs will host No. 10 California on Wednesday, and De La Salle will host Granada in the other Division I semifinal.
Gallagher dominated Saturday largely by mixing speeds. The 6-foot-5 right-hander used his curveball to keep Foothill (16-9) off balance, and though he struck out only six, hard contact was in short supply for the Falcons.
Foothill did have a shot in the top of the first, getting runners on first and third with two outs. Gallagher ultimately worked out of trouble, striking out TJ Friedl to end the inning.
"The first inning, I was throwing too many fastballs early in the count," Gallagher said. "They've got a great coaching staff, so they know how to hit. I was just trying to keep it easy aside from the first inning, because I got in a little bit of a jam."
The Mustangs took the lead in the first on an RBI double by Brett Binning, but it wasn't until the fifth that the offense really started to roll. Monte Vista's patient approach yielded four walks in the inning, providing plenty of opportunities to score. Mason Melin drove in one with a single, and Jason Tuan had the big blow with a two-run single to left. The Mustangs scored four in the frame to take a commanding lead.
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California 8, Deer Valley 7: The Grizzlies scored three runs in the sixth to take the lead and eventually upset the No. 2 Wolverines.
California (14-12) had nine hits in the win, but the majority of the damage came from just two players, as AJ Velasquez and Blake Guardino each drove in four runs for the Grizzlies.
Host Deer Valley (21-4) scored one run in the bottom of the seventh but couldn't get the tying run across. Marcus Wise went 3 for 3 with two runs and an RBI to lead the Wolverines.
College Park 2, Newark Memorial 1: Anthony Baleto tossed a complete game, and the No. 5 seed Falcons got just enough offense to beat the No. 4 Cougars in a Division II quarterfinal in Newark.
Athan Koutsoubinas drove in the Falcons' first run to tie it in the third inning, and Anthony Fortney then gave College Park (20-6) the lead for good when he singled in Sean Hennessy in the fourth.
Newark Memorial (21-6) opened the scoring in the first but couldn't get another run across as Baleto shut the Cougars out the rest of the way.
College Park will play at No. 1 Campolindo on Wednesday at 4 p.m. with a trip to O.co Coliseum on the line. Campolindo beat Cardinal Newman-Santa Rosa 13-3 in six innings Saturday to advance.
Marin Catholic 16, Miramonte 10: Tory Salmon had five goals and K.C. Hill had four goals and three assists to lead the host Wildcats (22-3) past the Matadors (16-7) in the NCS Division II title game. Mary Doyle had five goals to lead Miramonte.