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Pleasanton Preps: Amador volleyball, tennis teams win section titles

Foothill softball propelled into NCS tourney after winning EBAL playoffs

The Amador Valley High School boys volleyball team completed an incredible two-week postseason run by winning the North Coast Section championship.

In the finals on May 9, the Dons knocked off Monte Vista 25-21, 25-22 and 25-18.

It was a great performance by the entire team, especially the starters: William Sadler (9 kills, 2 blocks), Jacob Kim (9 kills, 1 ace), Logan Miller (8 kills, 4 blocks), Luke McFall (8 kills, 3 blocks) and Taylor Melendrez (3 kills, 1 block).

Other great performances came from Colton Brooks (playing as libero, not his regular position), Nolan Gill (playing back row instead of libero), Andrei Rekesh, Sawyer Brookhart, Blake Bouchard (6-point serve run), Devon Kost, Micah Kiang and Justin Hanson (just brought up from JV).

To get to the finals, the Dons first beat James Logan in the quarterfinals 25-11, 25-17 and 25-23.

Strong performances in the quarters came from Miller (10 kills, 4 blocks), Sadler (9 kills, 4 blocks), McFall (9 kills, 5 blocks, 2 ace serves), Kim (3 kills, 1 ace, great sets) and Gill (multiple serve receives and great passes).

Next was a 25-23, 25-27, 25-18 and 25-19 win over Heritage in the semifinals. The win was led by Sadler (8 kills, 5 blocks), McFall (10 kills, 8 blocks, 1 ace), Kim (3 kills, great sets), Miller (7 kills, 6 blocks) and Brookhart (6 kills).

NCS tennis

The Amador Valley boys brought home the NCS tennis team championship with a thrilling 4-3 win over Redwood in the finals.

Redwood took the top-three singles matches, but the Dons rallied with a win from Eswarsai Ramineni at the No. 4 singles, then swept the doubles to win the title.

The teams of Robert Heeter/Brett Miller, Nithilan Muruganandham/Vishal Muthuvel and Manas Aavula/Idan Belau got it done to get the banner for Amador.

The run to the finals included a 7-0, semifinal win over Dougherty Valley and a 7-0 thumping of Mission San Jose.

For the crosstown rival Foothill, the Falcons tennis team got off to a fast start in the NCS tournament with a 6-1 victory over Heritage and a 7-0 defeat of San Ramon Valley before falling to Redwood in the semifinal round.

In the Heritage match, Akash Patel, Ani Poruri and Abhi Eedara took their singles matches, and the teams of Dylan Weiglein/Alex Yang, Matt Haskell/Praveen Sentha, and Ian Dong/Alex Kwon swept the doubles.

Moving back to Foothill's courts, Shreekar Eedara, Patel, Poruri and Abhi Eedara defeated the Wolves in the singles, and Yang/Adam Linette, Weiglein/Sentha and Haskell/Vince Barletta finished the shutout in the doubles.

Foothill softball

The Falcons won twice last week to take the title of the East Bay Athletic League playoffs and keep their perfect season alive.

In the first game of the playoffs, Foothill beat Carondelet 6-0.

The Falcons got on the board in the third inning when Hope Alley sent a one-out, 1-0 pitch over the left-field fence with Caelin Cavenaugh on for a two-run lead. Haley Hayes followed with a single and scored on a Courtney Beaudin hit to make it 3-0.

The Falcons added three in the fourth with Alley driving in Cavenaugh, then scoring in a hit from Nicole May. After stealing second, May scored on another hit from Beaudin to round out the scoring.

May tallied up 11 strikeouts in the game putting her season total over 200.

In the finals of the EBAL tournament, Foothill beat Amador 10-0, scoring four runs in the third and six more in the fifth. May struck out eight in the win, allowing just two hits -- those coming to the Hildebrand sisters Mia and Maddie.

Both Pleasanton teams advanced to the NCS tournament, with No. 1 seed Foothill hosting Mt. Eden in the first round and fourth-seeded Amador at home against Berkeley. Both games are set for Tuesday.

Editor's note: Dennis Miller is a contributing sports writer for the Pleasanton Weekly. To contact Miller or submit local high school sports scores, game highlights and photographs for his weekly Pleasanton Preps column, email him at acesmag@aol.com.

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