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Opening-round success

BOYS' VOLLEYBALL: Providence starts playoffs right by dowing Glendale Adventist on the road.

May 12, 2007|By Jonathan Raber

GLENDALE— The last time the Glendale Adventist Academy and Providence boys' volleyball teams met in the playoffs 10 years ago, it was the Pioneers who came out victorious.

On Friday, the matchup was the same and so was the result, as upstart Providence went on the road and pulled out a CIF Southern Section Division V first-round victory against the Cougars, 21-25, 25-20, 26-24, 26.

"I told the guys, what you do in the regular season gets erased in the playoffs," Providence Coach James Jimenez said. "All you got to do is play hard and take it one game at a time."

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As for Glendale Adventist, the Westside League champion, its best season in recent memory came to a screeching halt earlier than expected.

"We told the guys that we were at home and to feed off of the crowd," said Cougars Coach Ken Vigilia, who was a player on the Glendale Adventist squad that fell to Providence 10 years ago. "We knew we had the fire power to put it together, unfortunately that momentum died and [Providence] gained the momentum."

With all the momentum early, the Cougars, who are ranked No. 10 in Division V, took the first game. But from that point on, it was the Pioneers (10-10) who dictated play.

They rebounded to secure a win in the second game to even the match before holding on for two critical wins in the match's final games.

In the third game, the two teams battled throughout with the biggest lead being a 14-10 Glendale Adventist advantage.

Providence, the Liberty League's No. 3 team, fought back to tie the game at 21 and take the lead at 22-21 on a block by Nico Pierson, who also tallied 37 assists.

Facing game-point at 24-22, the Cougars (15-2) got two blocks from Ahrcee Pimental to knot up the score at 24.

Providence then closed out the game with a kill and a block to take a 2-1 advantage.

"The last two weeks of the season, we were looking pretty good," Jimenez said. "Today we came out ready to play."

With their season on the line, the Cougars needed a victory in game four.

Yet the urgency was lacking to begin that game, with them falling in an early 8-3 hole.

Finally getting on track, the Cougars evened up the score for the first time at 23.

They could not grasp the lead however after again tying it at 24, as a kill by Providence's Jon DeClaro, who finished with 10 kills, sealed the win.

Providence's Doug Moacanin finished with a game-high 24 digs, while Andy Park had 13 kills and Kenny Meijia came in with 11 kills.

On Tuesday, the Pioneers will host Sage Hill, which swept Orangewood Academy on Thursday in its playoff opener.

For the Cougars, Pimental had 16 kills, Josh Misuela had eight kills and JR Cahatol finished with 30 assists.

And while the Cougars saw their season come to an early end, their coach sees this year as a turning point for the program.

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