The Mt. Eden High girls volleyball team's hopes of winning the West Alameda County Conference-Shoreline Division title took a hit Tuesday night as the Monarchs lost 25-19, 18-25, 25-12, 25-18 to host San Lorenzo.
With Mt. Eden's loss, the division champion will be determined Thursday, the last day of the regular season. Mt. Eden, Arroyo and Encinal are all still alive for the title and with it, the automatic berth into next week's North Coast Section playoffs. On Thursday, Mt. Eden hosts Arroyo and Encinal hosts San Lorenzo.
Although San Lorenzo (10-18, 6-9 WACC) is not in the mix for the division championship, Tuesday's win demonstrated how far the program has come in 12 months.
"It was a great senior night win," San Lorenzo coach Vivian Parks said. "After winning just two matches last year, to get to 10 wins makes it a great season."
San Lorenzo nearly swept the match. Besides winning the first and third sets, the Rebels held a 15-10 lead in the second set before the Monarchs (11-13, 8-7) rallied to score 15 of the final 18 points to even the match. The Rebels erased an early deficit in the fourth set to win the match.
Dijour Ledbetter, Dakota Targett, Hunter Misi and Katrya Traylor combined for 30 kills to lead San Lorenzo. Angelica Leano led Mt. Eden with 10 kills.
Heritage d. Freedom: The Patriots clinched the Bay Valley Athletic League title outright with a 25-8, 25-21, 25-20 win over the visiting Falcons (8-28, 2-7 BVAL).
Senior Colleen Hannigan had 15 kills and eight digs and Megan Fleischmann had six kills and six aces for Heritage (25-8, 9-0), which can wrap up a perfect league record with a victory at Pittsburg on Thursday.
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