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April 21, 2010 > Prep volleyball recap

Prep volleyball recap

By Yama Hazheer

Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) boys volleyball season is getting close to the end. With a few weeks remaining until the post season begins, there are a few teams battling it out for the top seed. In the meantime, there are other struggling teams that are waiting for the season to finish so they could look forward to a fresh start for next year.

Mission San Jose High School is looking better as the season grows. After a mediocre start, the Warriors have dominated for a stretch of games to lead the MVAL standings with a 14-4 record. The Warriors are also unbeaten at home and no one in the MVAL has been able to beat them. They are 7-0 in both categories. They have allowed the least points in the league with 15 while scoring the second most points with 37.

Second in the standings are the Logan Colts with a 16-6 overall record and a 6-1 record in league play. They are currently riding a five-game win streak. They lead the league with 47 points. Senior outside hitter Penuel Barrina had 25 kills and three blocks in a game earlier in the week. He looks forward to the rest of the season and has an optimistic and confident view of it.

"I think that we will do very good in our next games in league and I expect us to go far in league and NCS," Barrina said. "I think that if we keep focused and keep getting better we will be ready for the good teams in NCS."

Falling from first place was Washington High School, who now stand third in the league. They are 11-5 overall, 5-2 in league play, and 7-1 at home. They have had some inconsistency in these past few games, but are looking to get past it and finish high in the league ranks.

"I felt that we played a good game against Logan on Tuesday, but weren't able to finish as strongly as we wanted and ended up losing," Senior outside hitter Tommy Fowler said. "If we play the rest of the season with the energy we played with at the tournament today (4/17), then we should be able to get higher up in the standings."

The Kennedy Vikings are fourth place in the league despite their record being 5-10. They have struggled against some of the better teams, but still can hold their own. They have scored 20 points this season and gave up 26. The Vikings are not among the top three teams in the MVAL but they are not one of the bottom three either.

Moreau Catholic Mariners have had troubles holding opposing teams points down. They lead the MVAL in points against with 41. Their record is 5-14 overall and 2-5 in league play. The Mariners have had their troubles this season, and that explains why they are ranked third to last in the league.

The American Eagles are sixth place in the MVAL and have a 3-8 overall record and a 1-5 league record. Their 11 points on the season is the second worst in the whole league. They have lost three games in a row and have 14 days off until their next league match.

Without even a point in the season yet, the Castro Valley Trojans are last in the league with a 0-6 record. They have allowed 18 points in the season so far. Things are not looking good for the Trojans as they will have to just look forward to next season.

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