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November 19, 2008 > Eagles' girls volleyball has two lives

Eagles' girls volleyball has two lives

Cal School for the Deaf loses in conference and NCS tourney

By Giovanni Albanese Jr.

What seemed to be a season-ending loss in the conference championship game for the California School for the Deaf girls volleyball team turned out to be a riveting five-set warm up for the North Coast Section tournament.

Cornerstone Christian in Antioch was the setting for the championship match between CSD and their counterpart, Contra Costa Christian, on Thursday, Nov. 6.

After alternating wins for the first four games, the two sides played a winner-take-all fifth game. That last game set was a microcosm of the back-and-forth game, as points were won by both sides. CSD grabbed a 14-13 lead but could not put away the victory. CCC rallied for the final three points of the game, and match, winning 16-14 and the championship.

The loss was heartbreaking for the girls as they assumed their season was over. However, the coaching staff met with the NCS brass on Sunday, Nov. 9, to petition for an at-large spot in the Division VI NCS Tournament.

NCS granted CSD an at-large spot in its tournament. As a result of their regular season success (co-champions in the regular season of the BCL), the Eagles were given the no. 4 seed and first-round bye.

Twelve teams began the tournament, with the first four seeds receiving a bye in round one. The NCS committee gave the top four spots to Mendcino (20-2), Anderson Valley (20-8), Contra Costa Christian (18-7) and CSD (20-15, 11-1 in conference). San Francisco Waldorf (17-9), Tomales (11-9), Pacific Union Prep (18-10), Cornerstone Christian (14-10), Santa Rosa Christian (15-8), Pescadero (10-10), Rio Linda (10-14) and South Trinity (9-10) rounded out the 12 teams in the tournament.

CSD hosted its quarterfinal game on Saturday night, Nov. 15, against no. 5 San Francisco Waldorf, who won its first-round game 3-0 over South Trinity. However, inconsistent play by the Eagles resulted in a quick exit from the tournament.

Waldorf jumped out to an early lead in game one, going on to take it 25-10. CSD bounced back in game two, winning 25-15. The Eagles had a 13-6 lead in game three, but S.F. Waldorf outscored them 19-7 to win the game 25-20. Game four went back and forth to the very end. Coming out of a timeout with a 23-19 lead, CSD lost the final six points to Waldorf, losing the game 23-25 and the match 3-1.

While the Eagles season has ended, Waldorf advanced to the semi-final round of the tournament vs. no.1 Mendecino. Contra Costa Christian also advanced to the semifinals. They will go to Anderson Valley High.

For complete coverage of the NCS girls volleyball tournament, visit www.cifncs.org.

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