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Spartans top Lancers in NorCal final


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Mountain View High’s Alec Flowers racked up 16 kills in the NorCal title match.

By following league and section titles with a regional championship Saturday night, the Mountain View High boys volleyball team lived up to this year’s motto: “Focus to finish.”

Coach M. Anthony Chen, who goes by MAC, said the Spartans devised the rallying cry after failing to close out their foes in the Central Coast Section final and Northern California semifinals last season.

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Mtn. View rallies to beat St. Francis, claims first CCS boys volleyball title


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Mountain View’s Colton Stearns had nine kills and three blocks in the CCS final.

UPDATE: Mountain View swept visiting Del Oro Thursday night to advance to the NorCal final, slated 7:30 p.m. Saturday (May 31) at Dublin High. The top-seeded Spartans (33-3) will rematch No. 3 St. Francis (29-6), which knocked off host Deer Valley in straight sets Thursday. “We’re looking forward to Saturday,” Mountain View middle blocker Alec Flowers said. “It would be icing on the cake (to claim the NorCal title) after winning CCS.” Jake Stuebner paced the Spartans with 14 kills in the 25-19, 27-25, 25-23 semifinal victory over Del Oro (19-14) of Loomis. Mountain View overcame late deficits in the second and third sets – of five and four points, respectively – to top the Golden Eagles (19-14).

The Spartans were on the brink, but they didn’t blink. Rallying from a two-games-to-one deficit, the Mountain View High boys volleyball team edged top-seeded St. Francis last week to claim the Central Coast Section Division I crown.

Second-seeded Mountain View prevailed 25-19, 21-25, 22-25, 27-25, 19-17 at San Jose’s Independence High, where the Spartans fell to Mitty in last year’s title match.

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