ANTIOCH -- The College Park High boys volleyball team had payback on its mind in the final of the Deer Valley Tournament on Saturday. But top-ranked Campolindo righted the ship just in time to win the tournament's Gold Bracket championship match 16-26, 27-25, 15-11.
Both teams went undefeated in pool play and cruised through the quarterfinals and semifinals of the Gold Bracket to setup a rematch from a match just 11 days ago.
After winning the first game, the Falcons (13-2) led 19-15 in the second. But the Cougars (7-0) rallied for the improbable win.
"The guys started playing to their strengths," Campolindo coach Dave Chen said. "They started digging and keeping every ball in play and fighting for every point."
Michael Standring came up big when it mattered as he had four kills, three of them late, in the second set comeback.
The fifth game was nip and tuck, but Campolindo took control after a kill by Yize Dong made it 13-11, and Stephen Buhl's kill finished it.
The Falcons looked like the better team for large portions, thanks in large part to Kevin Fortney who had seven kills in the first two sets, and nine for the game.
College Park and Campolindo both won their pool as College Park beat Division I rival Deer Valley in the semifinals of the gold bracket after beating Drake, while Campolindo beat Foothill and St. Patrick-St. Vincent to advance to the finals.