The Bishop O'Dowd High girls volleyball team knew it would be tested by host Berkeley on Thursday night in a West Alameda County Conference-Foothill Division clash.
But the Dragons passed with flying colors, clinching the WACC-Foothill Division title with a 25-23, 25-18, 25-17 victory over the second-place Yellowjackets.
Bishop O'Dowd (20-8, 14-0 WACC-Foothill) relied heavily on the combination of setter Lizzie Counts to outside hitter Bryanna Davis, as Counts set up Davis for 20 kills, including eight in the first set.
The Dragons needed all eight of those kills as the Yellowjackets (17-11, 12-2 WACC) nearly overcame a 23-17 deficit to steal the set.
"They've started to connect very well," Bishop O'Dowd coach Chad Salcido said of Counts and Davis. "They like each other's tempo no matter the side of the court, and they seem to work well together."
Bishop O'Dowd is hoping to be the No. 1 seed in Division III when the NCS brackets are set Nov. 10. Berkeley, which was without top hitter Roxie Wiblin, still would like to be a top-five seed in the Division I bracket. Wiblin had a neck injury.
James Logan 56, Irvington 18: Junior quarterback Christian Leota threw for 175 yards and ran for 85 as the Colts earned a nonleague win over the Vikings (5-4) at Tak Fudenna Stadium. Leota connected with Kavion Augustine for scoring plays of 13 and 36 yards in the third quarter as Logan (7-2) turned a nine-point lead into a 35-12 advantage.
-- Tony Gonsalez, correspondent
Athenian 3, Head-Royce 1: The Owls scored twice in the first eight minutes and went on to beat the host Jayhawks in the Bay Counties League-East Tournament championship match.
After Garrett Furlong scored in the fifth minute, Alex Kim scored the first of his two goals three minutes later to give Athenian (11-6-1) a 2-0 lead.
Elijah Lajmer scored for Head-Royce (14-3-2) in the 38th minute, but Kim scored his second goal in the 41st minute.
Earthquakes Hall of Famer Troy Dayak is the new director of girls soccer at Granada, and Katie Poynter will be the Matadors' new coach.
Dayak, who heads West Coast Soccer Club in Livermore, will oversee and help coach the program.
-- Matt Schwab