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Knights down Mount Madonna to take first in SCCAL

Modified: Friday, Mar 22nd, 2013

Mount Madonna High's Jake Getz tips the ball past Soquel's Jake Rubens (3) and Evan Bauer (10) during the third game of their match Thursday night at Soquel High. (Glenn Cravens/Register-Pajaronian)

SOQUEL — The Knights said they mentally prepared themselves for what would happen Thursday evening. They thought about this event for the past two days. They worked in practice for all of the possible things they would face on the volleyball court.

And it worked.

Soquel High’s boys volleyball team defeated the defending SCCAL champion Mount Madonna in four games to grab first place in league play all by itself.

The Knights prevailed 23-25, 26-24, 28-26, 25-13 to improve to 11-1 overall and 5-0 in the SCCAL.

If only one bit of evidence could be used to determine how close the teams were, it would be the ties. There were 11 ties in the first, 10 in the second and 15 in the third. And the final tie in each game was well into the 20s.

The teams were deadlocked at 19 in the second game thanks to a service ace by Jake Getz. The Mount Madonna outside hitter followed up with another ace, prompting Soquel coach Rick Schroeder to call a time out. From there, Soquel and Mount Madonna traded points all the way to 24-24. A Mount Madonna serve went into the net, putting Soquel on the brink of victory. Sam Walters finished the job with an outside kill, ending the second game.

If the second game was tight, the third game was like two magnets stuck together. Soquel won the first three points and eventually had a 7-3 lead. Mount Madonna crept back in and eventually used a four-point spurt to take a 10-8 lead, the final point in the run coming from a Getz kill — he had 20 in the match.

The teams eventually pulled to within 12-12 and spent the rest of the game trading points. Mount Madonna had a 21-19 lead before Soquel threw off the Hawks twice to tie it at 21-21. The Hawks came back with a Joseph Frediani kill and then got a Soquel error to take a 23-21 lead.

Soquel came back with three straight points to put themselves on the brink of winning the third game. Evan Bauer (a kill) and Jesse Cohen (a block) were a part of the three-point run, as the Soquel High faithful were roaring.

But Mount Madonna answered back, getting a kill from Getz and an outside block from Frediani to go up 25-24 and put themselves on the brink of tilting the match back their way.

Soquel responded with a kill from Hunter Renois to tie the game at 25-25. Mount Madonna then committed an error to put Soquel on game point. Willy Bryan then filled the middle with a kill to tie the game at 26-26.

On the next point, the Knights went for a kill attempt, and Mount Madonna libero Rudy Hooven dived for the ball. He kept it afloat but crashed to the court hard. Play was stopped for a few minutes as his teammates and trainers tended to him.

Soquel finished the game, coming out of the timeout and immediately getting a kill from Renois. A Mount Madonna kill attempt on Soquel’s third game point of the third game went wide.

For the complete article see the 03-23-2013 issue.

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