ANTIOCH -- The Deer Valley High boys volleyball team finally has its championship.

After winning 235 matches in the last eight seasons, the Wolverines continued their finest season with a crowning achievement after beating Amador Valley 25-15, 24-26, 25-16, 25-15 on Friday to claim the North Coast Section Division I title.

"I have to say that it feels pretty nice," Deer Valley coach Lou Panzella said. "We battled all night and it took our best to beat a really good team. It was a complete team effort and it feels pretty good right now."

The host Wolverines (40-1) have now won 34 straight matches and will likely be the top seed in next week's first-ever California Interscholastic Federation NorCal playoffs.

But for now, they will celebrate their first-ever NCS title.

"It's surreal," Deer Valley's four-year setter Derrico Kwa said. "We've wanted this so bad and winning it with all my best friends is incredible."

Deer Valley made it look easy in sets one and three, but an Amador Valley team hitting its stride late in the season wasn't going to lie down. The Dons (27-8) fought back from a 13-9 deficit in the second set, and even after letting a 24-21 lead get away temporarily, they finished the second game with a win.

The fourth game was nip-and-tuck early, as one would expect when one team is looking to finish it out and the other is looking to stay alive, but Kwa was too much for the visitors. The senior setter had 48 assists, and nine kills, setting up sophomore Jordan Ewert, who had 20 kills, and Marcus Lee, who finished with 16.


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For Panzella, who has been the coach at Deer Valley since 1997, it is his first title since beating Amador Valley while coaching Antioch in 1996.

Ryan Genn and Roy Xue combined for 20 kills for the Dons.