GB JV spikers take two big matches

By: Staff Report
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The Granite Bay High junior varsity boys volleyball team traveled to Loomis Thursday and swept Del Oro High. Game one was a classic, with the Grizzlies being taken the distance before pulling out a 29-27 win. Del Oro led early, but the Grizzlies were able to even it up at 9-9. The score see-sawed back and forth, with 10 ties in the mix. At 24-24, Bryan Berry's hit was blocked for a point, siding out to Del Oro to serve for the game. An errant serve tied the game at 25-25. Del Oro eased into the lead twice more, but could not get the two-point advantage required to claim the first game. Granite Bay's Michael Bertolino pounded home his only kill of the game to tie it at 27-27 and then the Grizzlies took the next two points. Granite Bay finally found its rhythm in game two, taking an early lead at 6-1, with the help of a service ace from Jake Neptune, two kills from Bryan Berry and a kill from Matt Austin. Three kills from Carson Odegard and three from middle blocker Robert Bell put Granite Bay in position as a Travis Vincenzini service ace won the game 25-16. The win came on the heels of the Grizzlies' three-game win over Nevada Union on Tuesday. Granite Bay had knocked off the Miners the previous weekend in the title game of the Granite Bay JV tournament, and Nevada Union had a score to settle. The Miners took game one of this match 25-19. The Grizzlies managed to rally back in the second game, behind the hitting of Carson Odegard (five kills) and Michael Bertolino (four kills) to win 25-20 and force a deciding third game. The decisive stanza was close to the midway point, with Granite Bay leading by just a single point at 7-6, but the Grizzlies had too much down the stretch. Matt Austin and Bryan Berry each had three kills to pace the Granite Bay attack. Jake Neptune was able to cap off the match with a serve that was too hot for the Miners to handle and the game ended with the Grizzlies up 15-8.