May 22, 2012 > Men's Volleyball: Logan triumphs in first round of NCS championship play
Men's Volleyball: Logan triumphs in first round of NCS championship play
Submitted By Coach Steve Burmaster
James Logan vs American: 25-13, 25-23, 25-21
In an emotional re-match of exactly one week ago, James Logan High School (JLHS) Colts showed why they are a serious contender in the North Coast Section (NCS) of Division I volleyball in the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF). The prior game played in the "Al Rodrigues" gym before a packed house was termed by current JLHS Athletic Director as "one of the top five events" that he has witnessed at Logan in a career that started back in 1983. He added, "Actually that match may be the number one event when you include all of the outside circumstances involved." It was fitting that last week's match was played in the gym named after the legendary former James Logan High School Volleyball coach that started the Volleyball program in the 1980's and built it into a regional powerhouse before departing to serve for 19 years as the Assistant Men's Volleyball Coach at Stanford University (he was inducted in the JLHS Hall of Fame in 2009).
This match included some of the same long rallies that occurred last week, but it was, by-and-large, dominated by Logan with superior ball control and the ability to transition digs into kills. There is a reason that the "Colts" are ranked #8 in the 16 team bracket for the NCS CIF Division I Volleyball Tournament and in one word it is "discipline." Adding impressive passing, digging and hitting skills to one of the best setters in the Bay Area - senior, Neal Barrina - the result is a true thoroughbred and these "Colts" like to "get up and go!"
As usual, the side out game and defense was anchored by Libero, Cameron Salcedo, and OH (Outside Hitter) Andrew Nguyen, both seniors that join Neal as the core components of Colt "ball control" style of play. A mix of outstanding quick hitters: senior, Alvin Nguyen and sophomore, Ryan Nicanor as well as sophomore, OH Khrystien Ocampo, senior, Jeric Yamboa and back row specialist junior, Ben Evangelista results in a very good team as evidenced by their 25-10 record.
Other contributors in the match were junior, Noah Delos Santos who made some key serves and digs to spark the team to victory in Game 2 and 3 and also sophomore, Alex Loi who did a marvelous job when Jeric needed a break on the right side.