In earning the second seed in the North Coast Section Division I boys volleyball playoffs, College Park High was the only team to beat top-seeded Deer Valley this season, and a rematch not only seemed fitting, but appeared imminent.
However, No. 3 Amador Valley had different plans, topping the Falcons 25-19, 25-19, 25-23 in Wednesday's semifinal to reach its first final since 2010, and in doing so kept the home team from reaching its first title game since 2008.
"The fact that we beat a really good team in three says a lot about our guys," Amador Valley coach Aaron Harper said. "College Park is an awesome team, but our guys turned it on tonight."
After the Dons (27-7) won fairly comfortably in the first two games, College Park (30-7) woke up in the third, providing back-and-forth volleyball with a playoff intensity.
But after Roy Xue led Amador Valley with nine kills in the first two games, Ryan Genn refused to let the Falcons extend the match, putting down 10 kills in the game and 19 in the match. Xue had 13.
Charles Liu and Nick Horton led College Park with eight kills apiece.
Las Lomas 11, Granada 9: The ninth-seeded Knights (13-6) came from behind to defeat the No. 8 Matadors (11-5) to advance to the NCS Division I quarterfinals.
Granada scored three unanswered goals in the first quarter on shots by Tanner Christoff, Tim Anaya, and Keenan Christoff.
The Matadors got the first goal of the second on a short-handed goal by Harrison Goold.
But the Las Lomas offense would come alive, led by Colin Rutan. He got his team on the board with an unassisted goal just 31 seconds after Granada's fourth goal. He finished the night with four goals, all unassisted, including a shot off a rebound to put his team up 9-8 late in the third quarter.
-- Jen Cosgriff, correspondent
Granada 6, Monte Vista 0: The Matadors clinched their first outright East Bay Athletic League title since 1992, as Jacob Payne tossed six shutout innings and catcher Jordan Thrailkill and Craig Woolson combined for six hits. The Matadors (22-1, 12-1 EBAL) have shut out seven league opponents. "These guys are just really committed to each other and playing the game right," Granada coach Corrigan Willis said.