For the second year in a row, Monta Vista’s Northern California Division I championship match extended to five sets.
And once again, Monta Vista celebrated at the finish.
Saturday, the top-seeded Matadors stormed back twice from a set down against No. 2 seed Harker before emerging with a 22-25, 25-23, 19-25, 25-19, 15-13 victory.
The win capped a 36-3 season for Monta Vista, which last week swept Bellarmine to win the Central Coast Section Division I crown.
Harker, which lost to Amador Valley in the NorCal Division II final last year, finished this season 34-6.
Monta Vista’s win was its fourth in five matches this spring against Harker, but Monta Vista coach Paul Chiu noted that not much separated the teams.
“Pretty much what we expected,” Chiu said in an email. “Harker had beaten us early in the season and although we have beaten them three since then, all the matches and sets were close.
“During our playoff run, we have had a ball control advantage over all of our opponents, at times a significant advantage. There would be no such advantage with Harker.”
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Gautham Dasari led Monta Vista with 26 kills. Nikhil Bapat added 17 kills and Rajas Habbu had 10.
Kevin Mathew finished with 58 assists.
“The match was back and forth with each team trading wins in the first four sets,” Chiu added. “The fifth and deciding set was a roller coaster ride.”
With both teams from the CCS, the section was guaranteed a sixth NorCal Division I title in the seven-year history of the competition and an eighth NorCal championship overall.
Other NorCal D-I champions from the CCS: Archbishop Mitty (2013), Mountain View (2014), St. Francis (2015), Bellarmine (2016) and Monta Vista last year.
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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports