Boys volleyball: NCS semifinals
The third time’s a charm for Amador Valley
Amador Valley lost two boys volleyball matches this season in East Bay Athletic League play, both to Granada. The teams met again on Tuesday night in the North Coast Section Division I semifinals.
This time, Amador Valley flipped the script.
The second-seeded Dons, playing at home in Pleasanton, won 3-0 to advance to the final Thursday at top seed College Park.
College Park beat Berkeley 3-1 in the other semifinal.
Nate Clinton (team-high 16 kills), Tyler Homes (12 kills, two blocks) and Luke Melvin (nine consecutive second-set service points) led Amador Valley.
Amador Valley has won two previous NCS titles, in 2019 and 2017.
College Park won its only NCS title in 2008.
Match of the night
College Prep, the third seed in Division IV, had a daunting mountain to climb after dropping the first two sets on the road against second-seeded Valley Christian-Dublin.
“Rather than giving up,” College Prep coach Monica Lyman wrote in an email, “the team dug in their heels, focused on defense, and won the next three sets.”
College Prep won 16-25, 22-25, 25-19. 25-20, 15-8 to advance to the final Thursday night at home against fourth-seeded Berean Christian.
Berean Christian upset top seed Head-Royce in five sets.
For College Prep, Skyler Bresee had 23 kills, 34 passes and seven digs, Marius Mahshi contributed 12 kills and six blocks and Liam Jenny and Rohan Parekh added seven blocks apiece.
In Division II, Josh Ewert had 14 kills and Andrew Pak added 27 assists to lead top-seeded Campolindo to a 3-0 sweep of visiting San Ramon Valley.
The Cougars will play host to second-seeded De La Salle in the final Thursday.
De La Salle beat third-seeded Northgate 3-0.
In Campo’s victory, Ewert added three aces and four digs, Pak had three kills and three aces and Nicolai Bell chipped in with six kills, three aces and two digs.
Ansel Severson (four kills, three aces) and Adam Wright (five kills) led fifth-seeded San Ramon Valley.
Campolindo will be aiming for its 11th section title.
De La Salle has won eight NCS championships, all in Division I.
The top two seeds advanced in Division III as No. 1 Bishop O’Dowd swept Acalanes 3-0 and No. 2 Moreau Catholic beat Archie Williams 3-0.
O’Dowd will play host to Moreau on Thursday.
Moreau is aiming for its fourth NCS title, O’Dowd its first.
Lacrosse: NCS semifinals
Dramatic win for California boys
Brayden Horrocks scored in overtime on an assist from Matthew Hanson to lift sixth-seeded California to a 7-6 victory over second-seeded Redwood in the semifinals of the NCS Division I playoffs.
California will play at top seed De La Salle in the final Thursday.
De La Salle had its own drama-filled semifinal Tuesday, edging fourth-seeded Vitas del Lago 9-8.
In California’s win, Hanson finished with four points and Max Hove made what coach Andrew Ertola described as a “ton of highlight-reel saves to keep us in the game throughout.”
“It was a hard-fought game with great defensive play on both sides,” Ertola added.
Earlier this season, Redwood beat California in overtime 6-5.
De La Salle also defeated California in the regular season, 13-7.
Campo girls advance
In girls Division II, top seed Campolindo defeated No. 5 seed San Marin 16-11 and No. 2 seed Marine Academy rolled past No. 3 seed Tamalpais 11-4.