College Prep School and Head-Royce are considered the two top girls volleyball teams in the Bay Counties League-East this season. And their meeting Tuesday only whetted the appetite for their rematch in three weeks, and a possible meeting in the league playoffs in November.
Claudia Chung had 30 assists and Jane Buckley added 10 kills to lead host College Prep to a 25-21, 22-25, 25-21, 25-22 win over Head-Royce, the defending league champions.
The Cougars' victory helped avenge three losses to the Jayhawks (6-4, 1-1 BCL-E) last year, including a season-ending defeat in the second round of the North Coast Section Division V playoffs.
"I love the competitive spirit from both teams," College Prep coach Linda DeSimone said. "Our girls get so pumped up for these games, and both teams were out there competing for every ball. I'm just so proud of the way we came back in the first set."
College Prep (5-4, 3-0) trailed 8-0 in the first set, but rallied to take its first lead at 20-19 and scoring seven of the set's final eight points.
It appeared the match seemed would go to a fifth set as Head-Royce led 19-15 in the fourth. Natasha Skov had nine kills in the fourth set and 25 for the match.
But the Cougars rallied again and after taking a 23-21 lead, Annie Styles made a great save to keep the ball alive, then later put the ball down for a kill to give the Cougars a three-point lead.
Monte Vista 207, San Ramon Valley 251: Hailey White shot a 3-over 38 at blustery Crow Canyon Country Club to lead the Mustangs, who finished the first half of the East Bay Athletic League season with a 7-0 record.
Girls water polo
Granada 9, Piedmont 8: Greta Kohlmoos scored six goals and Cheyenne Pena added three as the host Matadors beat the Highlanders in double overtime in a nonleague game. Sarah Mooney had five goals to lead Piedmont.
Boys water polo
De La Salle 7, Las Lomas 6: Colin Chiapello scored five goals as the host Spartans pulled out a nonleague win over the Knights in a game that was tied 3-3 at halftime. Las Lomas had five players score goals, with Sam Toriggino scoring twice for the Knights. Spencer Creed made four saves for Las Lomas.