The Knights’ boys’ volleyball team faced Northgate in the third Battle of the Creek on Tuesday, May 7. This game was the part of the NCS Division 2 Boys’ Volleyball Tournament. Las Lomas entered this game ranked as the fourth seed and Northgate ranked first. The Knights record prior to this game was 17-11, off two strong playoff wins against Tennyson and Redwood. The Knights beat Tennyson 3-0 and also beat Redwood 3-0. The Northgate team entered the game with a 28-1 record, its one loss being to Acalanes.
The game started with high intensity–this was the third time of the season the two crosstown rivals faced each other. Because Northgate lead the season series 2-0, Las Lomas looked to get revenge. The game started without any team getting a clear lead. After the score was tied at 11, Northgate began to pull away. Las Lomas attempted to regroup by calling a timeout, but this proved unsuccessful when Northgate won the first game with a score of 25-16. The Knights entered the second game hopeful, but Northgate was soon able to get an 11-7 lead. Las Lomas rallied back to tie the score at 12. The score rallied back and forth but Northgate eventually won the second game with a score of 25-20. The 3rd game started with things looking gloom for the Knights, as they were down 2-0 and Northgate only needed one more to win. Northgate started strong with a 7-2 lead and grew on that lead to get a score of 16-8 and later 21-10. Northgate went on to win 25-12 and faced Campolindo in the NCS final.
Despite not advancing to the final the team was still very successful. “If you take a look in the division we played in, 5 out of 6 were top 100 in the state and Northgate was in the top 20. We had a great season; there was nothing to be ashamed of,” said coach Jim Changaris. Las Lomas ended the season with a 17-12 record and a 2-6 league record. The Knights season started with a nine-game win streak before losing too Bellarmine College Prep. The Knights will have seven players returning and four seniors, Ali Eshraghi, Geba Fernandez, Grant Holland and Nathan McCutchen, graduating. “I’m always excited to have new boys come to the team,” said Coach Changaris. The Knights have six juniors and one sophomore on their varsity roster this year and will look to them to lead the team next season.