By Matt Smith
Monday, May 18th, 2009 at 4:01 pm in Boys volleyball.
In the end, it was just too much Foothill.
The Falcons ended the season with 29 straight wins, doing so with a sweep of Mission San Jose in the North Coast Section’s Division I finals.
The Falcons hit their stride when they won the Northgate Tournament and never looked back.
“After Northgate we were confident,” Foothill coach Dusty Collins said after claiming the D I crown. “We went on to beat some very good teams and we were looking to get better and make small strides. Along the way we continued to play well.”
Foothill clearly is the top team in the East Bay, but without argument, Northgate is the clear No. 2.
The Broncos went 34-1, winning the D II crown and losing only to Foothill in the finals of their own tournament.
In an amazing story, the under-sized team with a lot of heart, Dan Kwon’s Mission San Jose team, provided a lot of great moments. The Warriors played in their first ever NCS playoffs, and reached the finals. They got nearly as loud as an ovation for their second place banner as Foothill got for its first place banner.
Deer Valley was a team that grew up quickly in the playoffs, rising to the level of its competition, while Amador Valley, San Ramon Valley, California, De La Salle and Monte Vista showed why the East Bay Athletic League got all the praise that it did.
Campolindo and Las Lomas represented the Diablo Foothill Athletic League well, and College Prep and Head-Royce showed that D III had some very good volleyball.
Another season is in the books, now just keep your eyes open for the All-East Bay teams along with the Player and Coach of the year.
The final rankings.
3. Mission San Jose
4. San Ramon Valley
5. Deer Valley
7. Amador Valley
8. De La Salle
9. Las Lomas
11. Monte Vista
12. College Park
13. College Prep
Others receiving votes: Heritage, Clayton Valley, Alhambra, De Anza, Alameda, Granada, Washington.