The East Bay Athletic League has been the most dominant boys' volleyball league in the North Coast Section, and it hasn't even been close.
Amador Valley punctuated the EBAL power by taking the title with a 3-1 win over Foothill in the NCS Division I final on May 11.
But if more evidence was needed, consider that the D-I semifinals featured four teams from the EBAL.
In the semifinals on May 9, Amador took care of Dublin, avenging two losses to the Gaels earlier in the season.
This time it was a 25-19, 25-15, 27-25 win for the Dons. Leading the charge for the Dons were Nate Clinton (8 kills, 6 service points), Nick Nayak (8 kills), Luke Melvin (6 kills) and Parker Brookhart (8 service points) while the duo of Colin Bowers (13 assists) and Bryce Nohava (19 assists) were the top setters.
Foothill knocked off Granada 25-13, 25-19, 25-19 in the other semifinals. Leading the way for the Falcons were Tyler Keala (16 kills, 5 service points), Jack Caudill (9 kills, 5 service points) and Noah Mitzenmacher (13 digs, 11 receptions).
That set up the all-Pleasanton for the NCS title. In front of a packed Foothill gym, the two sides battled for almost two hours with Amador rallying for the 22-25, 25-22, 25-23, 25-20 win.
Leading the way to the championship were Clinton (14 kills, 6 blocks), Melvin (11 kills), Nayak (11 kills), Max Riter (12 digs, 10 service points), Nohava (22 assists), Bowers (19 assists) and Spencer Thiel (3 blocks).
Foothill got great play from Landen Meonske (35 assists, 9 service points, 7 kills), Zach Seraj (11 kills, 11 digs), Casey Collins (7 service points, 5 digs), Kayan Vohra (9 kills, 5 blocks) and Micah Gawel (5 kills, 2 blocks).
The Dons lost their early lead late, falling 4-3 to San Ramon Valley in the EBAL playoffs.
Amador built its lead scoring a pair of runs in the second inning. Braden Whitworth and Ross Kobayashi led the way at the plate.
San Ramon Valley evened things up in the seventh inning and secured the win in extra innings with a double by Lucas Glazier and a single by Joseph Coupland for the win 4-3.
Matthew Foley started for the Dons, surrendering three runs on nine hits over six innings, striking out five Wolves. Foley finished the regular season with a 6-0 record and allowed an average of 0.74 earned runs.
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The Dons finished the regular season on a roll, going 3-0 for the week, sending the team to the NCS playoffs.
They began the week falling behind Monte Vista before rallying for the win. Amador closed with a 6-2 run to get the 9-8 win.
From there, the Dons took a 10-7 non-league win over Campolindo, getting four goals from Sophia Falcione and three from Lily Keegan.
The final game of the week was a Senior Night battle against their crosstown rivals, the Foothill Falcons.
The Dons scored early and often as nine different players scored, led by senior Celeste Murphy with five goals on the way to a 17-0 blowout victory.
In NCS the Dons hosted No. 2 seed Oak Ridge of El Dorado Hills, dropping an 11-7 final.
The loss was the final game for seniors Murphy, Keegan, Aubrie Asbery, Paige Morgan, Sophia Marcoux, Maggie French, Ava Hofstede, Sofia Skinner, Katherine Nally, Kate Corsaro and Megan Wallace.
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