The Mission San Jose High boys volleyball team topped American 25-23, 25-23, 26-24 on Friday for a big road victory and moved atop the Mission Valley Athletic League standings, leaving the Warriors as the only unbeaten team left in MVAL play this young season.
"Today we really played like we wanted it," Mission San Jose coach Alvin Nguyen said. "In our last game against Washington, we won but didn't play like we wanted it. Tonight we did."
The Warriors (4-4, 2-0 MVAL) overcame deficits in the first and third sets, but they showed resiliency when it mattered. Down 24-21 in the third, Alton Lin served out the set as kills by Nathan Wang, Charles Nguyen and Jonah Lin led the five-point comeback.
And it all started with the Warriors making the first pass a good one. When that happened, they scored.
"We don't have to run any special plays," Nguyen said. "We're known for ball control and when we do that we usually can put the ball away."
The Eagles (8-10, 1-1 MVAL) led 23-21 in Set 1 and had the aforementioned lead in Set 3 but couldn't come up with the sideout when they needed it.
Monte Vista 6, Livermore 1: Trevor John and Ryan Worley combined on a four-hitter for the host Mustangs (3-4, 2-0 East Bay Athletic League), who scored in each of the first four innings.
Cameron Bothwell went 2 for 4 with two RBIs, and teammate Brett Binning added two hits and an RBI.
For Livermore (9-3, 0-2), Zac Fuller drove in his team's lone run in the second inning.
Bishop O'Dowd sophomore Ivan Rabb has been selected to the 2013-14 USA Basketball Men's Developmental National Team.
The team is made up of 23 of the nation's top under-16 players. The team members will train May 30-June 7 in Colorado Springs, and a 12-member team will be selected to travel to Maldonado, Uruguay, for the FIBA Americas under-16 championships, which are June 11-15.
That tournament serves as a qualifier to the 2014 FIBA under-17 world championships.
-- Jimmy Durkin