The San Ramon Valley High and Northgate girls volleyball teams both had something to prove Tuesday after losing matches they felt they should have won on Saturday at the Deer Valley Tournament.
It was the host Wolves who bounced back, sweeping the Broncos 25-20, 25-17, 25-17 in an early season nonleague showdown.
"I thought we played really well," San Ramon Valley coach Brian Fujinaga said. "It's going to take some time for this team to come together, but any time we can play like this is a bonus."
The Wolves (5-3) are the defending East Bay Athletic League and North Coast Section Division I champs, and are looking to replace some key players and find an identity in 2012.
They took a big step toward doing that against the Broncos (3-4) as the Wolves served well and got a big night from senior Emily Reder, who had 21 kills.
"We didn't come out playing like we had been playing," Northgate coach Dave Weiland said. "But my hat goes off to San Ramon because they came out and served tough and played hard. Our level of play dropped a little because of sickness and injury, but SRV is a tough team."
Northgate's Colorado State-bound hitter Michelle Lawrence was dealing with an illness, which may have slowed her a little, but she still had nine kills.
The story for San Ramon Valley was Reder, who along with her kills also had 17 digs as the Wolves parlayed a good amount of success at Deer Valley into a big nonleague
"I thought we got better and better as the day went on," Fujinaga said.
Alameda d. Encinal: In a back-and-forth battle between the rivals, the Hornets prevailed 25-8, 22-25, 25-14, 18-25, 15-6. Devon Lodge slammed 18 kills for Alameda (5-3, 1-0 West Alameda County Conference).