MOUNTAIN VIEW – The Bellarmine volleyball team had quite a meeting between the third and fourth sets of the Central Coast Section Division I boys championship match Saturday.
Monta Vista, the No. 1 seed, had just forged to a 2-1 set lead over the second-seeded Bells.
“We had a really great huddle and it hyped us up a lot. We got super motivated,” said Bellarmine senior Brian Perkins. “We just focused on that nothing else matters but us. … So we focused just entirely on our play.”
In a showdown between two of the top boys volleyball teams in the nation, the Bells came back to defeat Monta Vista 20-25, 25-20, 22-25, 25-22, 15-13 at St. Francis in an instant classic.
“We just had seven guys play one of the best matches of their lives,” Bellarmine coach Tyler Hinz said. “I think we were confident and believed we could (come back) if we minimized our errors.”
Entering the match, Monta Vista was ranked seventh in the nation and fifth in the state by MaxPreps.com. Bellarmine was ranked 10th in the nation and eighth in the state.
Monta Vista (32-5) took 12-7 and 22-17 leads in the first set and eventually won 25-20. Bellarmine (30-7), behind four service points from Brian Ross, broke open a close second set to take a 12-8 lead and eventually won 25-20.
The Bells held an 17-15 lead in the third set. But the Matadors charged back with five straight points, including four service points from Gautham Dasari, and held off Bellarmine 25-22.
In the fourth set, the Bells broke a 9-9 tie with a 7-1 run. Monta Vista narrowed the score to 24-22 on a block by Dasari, but a kill by Perkins ended the fourth set 25-22 and set up a deciding fifth set.
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Source:: The Mercury News