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Grizzlies advance easily in volleyball tourney

Granite Bay spreads out PT in rout of Capital Christian
By: Kurt Johnson, senior sports editor
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In a contest that was clearly a mismatch from the opening serve, the Granite Bay High boys volleyball team made short work of Capital Christian Tuesday in the second round of the inaugural Sac-Joaquin Section volleyball playoffs in Granite Bay. “This was our first-ever playoff win,” said Granite Bay coach Bruce Honberger. “That can only happen one time, so it is special.” The Grizzlies, who had enjoyed a first-round bye while the Cougars dispatched Sheldon in a five-game match, rested league co-MVP Jack Powell in this one and gave liberal playing time to the entire roster, including a group of junior varsity call-ups. Even with the full use of the roster, Granite Bay cruised to a 25-10, 25-19, 25-19 victory in just over one hour of playing time. With most of its regulars on the court in the opening game, Granite Bay was far superior athletically and technically to the Cougars. Mike Naki, Julian Capili, Tom Patterson, Taylor Wetzel and even setter Mason Jaynes all got into the act with powerful finishes at the net. “Capital Christian is a new program headed in the right direction,” Honberger said. For the match, Jaynes was 7-of-8 in kill attempts as he took advantage of the opportunities to expand his game beyond his usual stellar playmaking. Naki also had seven kills, while Capili and Scotty Santor each added six. Santor was the dominant player in game two, a game in which Granite Bay coach Bruce Honberger mixed in his bench players and even gave some varsity moments to some of his junior varsity players, who have been called up to experience this postseason run. Kyle Howarth had three kills in his first varsity action, and delivered some solid play for the Grizzlies, as did JV setter Anthoni Bianotti, who saw some court time in the final game. A quarterfinal matchup with Jesuit now awaits the Grizzlies, who will be back on their home court Thursday night at 7 p.m.