Granite Bay sets down Whitney in four games

By: Staff Report
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The Granite Bay High School boys varsity volleyball team tracked down Whitney Tuesday afternoon. The Grizzlies defended their home turf, winning in four games, 25-21, 25-14, 22-25 and 25-18. Granite Bay dominated the first two games with strong net play from middle blockers Garrick Monaghan and Kyle Howarth, powerful swings from outside hitters Tommy Patterson and Scotty Santor, and the deft team leadership of setter Mason Jaynes. The Wildcats grabbed game three, behind strong outside play from senior star Chris Adams. Granite Bay regrouped in the final game with solid defense at the net along with several key digs and passes from libero Tyler Towery. "It's nice to be home," said coach Bruce Honberger. The Grizzlies spent the weekend at the prestigious San Diego Invitational tournament, winning two matches and losing four against several of the best teams in the nation, including tourney champion and nationally No. 3-ranked Punahou (Hawaii) High School. "We played well against very strong competition and gained valuable team experience," Honberger said. "We played better team ball today as a result of the extensive court time we had in San Diego." True to his words, Honberger used several different player rotations and substituted effectively throughout the match, with little dropoff in result. The win brings Granite Bay's record to 3-0 in the the powerhouse Sierra Foothill League. "We got a lift from middle Kyle Howarth today and setter Mason Jaynes did a good job running the team", Honberger said. Howarth had seven kills, two solo blocks and four assist blocks as he rounds into volleyball shape after basketball season, and 6-foot-3 setter Jaynes had 27 assists, seven digs and four kills. Outside hitters Scotty Santor and Tommy Patterson had 10 kills and seven kills, respectively. Solid performances were also turned in by setter/defensive specialist Anthony Giannotti with 14 assists and three digs, and libero Tyler Towery with eight critical digs and consistent back-row passing.