Granite Bay spikers still unbeaten in league play

By: Staff Report
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The Granite Bay High School boys varsity volleyball team powered past Placer High School Tuesday in Granite Bay. The Grizzlies led wire-to-wire in the 25-13, 25-20 and 25-19 victory. After dominating game one, coach Bruce Honberger substituted freely in games two and three, winning handily in both. "It was a good team effort," Honberger said. "The team is rounding into mid-season form, playing hard and making a lot of good plays." The Grizzlies continue to be led by a strong nucleus of seniors, including setters Mason Jaynes and Tyler Menard, outside hitters Scotty Santor and Tommy Patterson and libero Tyler Towery, all of whom have played together for the last several years on Northern California's top-ranked NCVC Volleyball Club, as well as with the Grizzlies team. This foundation is supplemented by a strong supporting cast that includes middle blockers Garrick Monaghan and Kyle Howarth and outside hitters David Bittner and Taylor Wetzel. Outside hitter Scotty Santor led the Grizzlies attack, with nine kills, followed closely by Monaghan and Bittner with seven and six, respectively. Jaynes exhibited versatility, with eight early assists at the setter position followed by outside scoring and strong net defense. The win improves Granite Bay's record to 5-0 in the Sierra Foothill League, with SFL match six slated for Thursday at Oakmont High School. Following the Oakmont game, the Grizzlies begin spring break during which the team hosts the prestigious Brian Nolan Invitational Tournament April 10. League play resumes April 13 when Granite Bay hosts Woodcreek, followed by a much-anticipated Thursday April 15 road match against preseason co-favorite Rocklin High School. The Granite Bay junior varsity team outplayed Placer as well, taking two straight games, 25-12, 25-15 to remain undefeated in league play. Travis Vincenzini's three service aces and Jake Neptune's play at the net with a couple of timely dinks help the Grizzlies take the first game. The second game was a little more offensive with kills from Carson Odegard, Michael Bertolino, Matt Austin and Jordan Long.