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Campolindo's Jack Eisner (11) spikes the ball past Northgate's Christopher McDonough (1) during game one of their North Coast Section Division II championship match in Moraga, Calif., on Friday, May 23, 2014. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

MORAGA -- The Campolindo High boys volleyball team was simply unstoppable during the North Coast Section Division II playoffs. And it doesn't appear as if the Cougars are going to be slowing down anytime soon.

Campolindo captured its fourth straight Division II section title May 23 with a 25-17, 25-13, 25-18 win over Northgate, and received the No. 1 seed for this week's CIF Northern Regional Division II playoffs.

The Cougars (37-2), the defending northern regional champions, beat St. Patrick-St. Vincent 25-8, 25-11, 25-9 on May 27 in the first round to advance to the regional semifinals against Rio Americano-Sacramento on May 29, after this newspaper went to press.

In the section final against Northgate, Campolindo fell behind early in the first game. But once the host Cougars revved up their attack, they didn't look back.

"We are defensive-oriented, so it takes us a while to learn their offense," said Campolindo co-coach David Chen, whose team also swept Livermore and Redwood-Larkpsur in the NCS playoffs. "Once we start getting a couple blocks, we are getting into rhythm."

Top-seeded Campolindo, ranked 10th in the nation by MaxPreps.com, fell behind 5-3 in the first game to No. 2 seed Northgate.

But a kill from Jack Eisner and three straight aces by Yize Dong gave Campolindo a 7-5 advantage. After Chen called a timeout with a 14-12 lead in that game, the Cougars scored 11 of the next 16 points to win the game.

"I think they observed we would not be as quick as they were, and they shifted into their fast game," Northgate coach Vince Cutaia said. "They are a very polished club. They execute very well."

The Cougars got off to a fast start in the second game, taking leads of 6-1 and 14-5 to help go up two games to none.

Northgate trailed only 8-7 in the third game before a kill by Ryan First and a block for a point by Sean Dobbyn started a run where the Cougars won eight of the next 12 points.

"We played with a lot of integrity and fight," said First, who had eight kills in the match. "We never really let down. I think we were confident throughout the match."

Dong had five aces and Joe Worsley had 18 assists for Campolindo. For Northgate, Sam Spoden had six kills and Jackson McDonough had four blocks.

"We definitely don't take things for granted," Dong said. "We like to come prepared, and Dave (Chen) makes sure we're prepared."

Staff writer Phil Jensen contributed to this story.

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