The Campolindo High boys volleyball team kept rolling in the playoffs as they beat Rio Americano-Sacramento 25-18, 25-15, 25-21 in a CIF Northern Regional Division II semifinal match Thursday.
The Cougars played sluggishly in the opening moments of the first set as the Raiders jumped out to a 9-5 lead. But Campolindo slowly seized momentum and took a 21-17 lead before Rio Americano called timeout. The Cougars kept attacking and captured the opening game on a 7-1 run.
The fifth-seed Raiders trailed only 11-9, but Campolindo (38-2) closed with a 12-5 run, which featured a couple blistering aces from junior outside hitter Yize Dong.
Rio Americano (31-7) played loosely in the third set and controlled the tempo early, building a 19-11 lead. But that lead, too, quickly evaporated as Campolindo mounted another comeback. Outside hitter Joe Worsley took over, blasting four kills that highlighted a 14-2 Cougar run that closed the match and ended the Raiders' season.
The Cougars advance to their second straight regional final Saturday, a rematch against No. 2 seed Whitney-Rocklin at 5 p.m. at Dublin High.