An unfortunate end for sure, the Crescenta Valley boys' volleyball team, chock full of seniors, lost their final game of the season at home to Agoura, 27-29, 25-14, 25-18, 25-19, on Friday in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division II playoffs
â€œI can't explain it, other than we didn't bring our 'A' game to the court,â€ said senior co-captain Ryan Peters. â€œIt might have been the pressure, but I can't explain it.â€
The problem was that after both teams settled down after a rocky first game, the Falcons had no answer (in height) for Agoura's 6-8 monster Matthew Hatch, who dominated the court.
â€œI'm just bigger than them,â€ Hatch joked. â€œWe really wanted this. It's our first playoff game and we were really focused.â€
Falcons Coach John Nelson gave proper credit to the Chargers.
â€œWe had great practices. We were well-prepared. I don't know if [we lost because of] things we didn't do so much as things they did do. We were a little bit off.
â€œThey played well tonight, they have nothing to hang their heads about.â€
Regardless, when the Chargers pushed early, the Falcons pushed back. Down 23-19 in the first game, Crescenta Valley made some fantastic plays to tie it 24-24. They took the game, 29-27, thanks largely to Peters' efforts: four kills, an ace and the game-winning block.
Despite the great win, Agoura shot right back with a quick win in game 2, 25-14.
â€œ[Agoura] settled down pretty well,â€ Coach Nelson said. â€œThey played well; they adjusted well. We were a little bit off, we didn't handle the ball as well as we had, and that's why we were in the net as much as we were.â€
CV looked like they were getting their hits on target through the middle of the fourth game, 12-10. But once again, Hatch found his way with a block, a kill and an ace to get the Chargers a three-point lead, 18-16, and the Chargers never gave it back. Hatch had 15 kills, six aces and eight blocks.
Peters, who played in his final high school game, had 11 kills.