Thursday night's girls volleyball match between College Park High and Concord High wasn't just a meeting of two of the top teams in the Diablo Valley Athletic League.

It was also significant because the winner would stay in a strong position to challenge for the league title. Thanks to an unwillingness to quit on any play, the Minutemen picked up a big road victory, 25-14, 25-22, 25-18 over the Falcons.

"This was a big win, because we have our goals and this was a big step towards those goals," Concord coach Linda Draper said. "People are wondering if Concord is legit, and these girls have proved that you are going to have to work very hard to beat them."

Concord (15-6, 4-1 DVAL) remained a game behind unbeaten Northgate in the league standings. The Minutemen rolled in the first set, and in a second set that was neck and neck, Pulotu Manoa's kill gave Concord a 23-20 lead. An ace by Manoa ended the set. Manoa finished with 14 kills, while Concord setter Mackenzie Draper had 29 assists and seven kills.

Sierra Stratton led the Falcons (13-10, 3-3) with nine kills.

Boys water polo

De La Salle 16, Monte Vista 7: The Spartans stayed unbeaten in East Bay Athletic League play with a convincing win over the visiting Mustangs.

Colin Chiapello led De La Salle (3-0 EBAL) with five goals as the Spartans jumped out to a 9-1 lead at halftime. Dominic Dalpiaz and Jake Simpson added four goals each for De La Salle.

-- Staff

Girls golf

Amador Valley 201, Monte Vista 222: The Dons' Kimberly Liu continued her great season with a 4-under 32 at Ruby Hill Golf Club in Pleasanton and earned medalist honors in this EBAL match. The Dons improved to 10-2. The Mustangs, who were paced by Hailey White's 38, fell to 10-2.

-- Staff