The Amador Valley High girls volleyball team ended an up-and-down regular season by winning four of its six final East Bay Athletic League games, and looked to keep the momentum going in the first round of the North Coast Section Division I playoffs on Wednesday.

The seventh-seeded Dons were able to do just that, beating visiting No. 10 seed Deer Valley 25-21, 25-10, 25-14.

"We had a slow start at the beginning, but that's sort of been our M.O.," Amador Valley coach Brian Aguirre said. "This group is able to remain poised and they're always able to regroup."

The Wolverines (14-21) made the home team work in the first set, twice erasing big leads and forcing timeouts. The Dons (15-12) led 12-5 and saw the score become 16-14. Then Amador Valley led 23-16 before Deer Valley scored the next five points before the Dons closed the set out.

From there, Amador Valley started to roll. After scoring the last two points of the first set, it scored the first four of the second set on its way to a comfortable win.

The Dons were led by Marisol Tracy, who led all players with 20 kills. The senior had nine of them in the second set alone.

Amador Valley will face No. 2 Monte Vista in the quarterfinals on Saturday in the third matchup of the two teams. The Mustangs won the first two in league play.

"We're looking forward to it," Aguirre said. "We believe we can beat them because our serving has picked it up and we've been digging better, which has allowed us to get into our offense."



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