Amador Valley boys volleyball team wins first at East County Tournament


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The Dons’ boys varsity volleyball team went 5-0 to earn first place at the East County Invitational Tournament.

The Amador Valley boys volleyball team took first place at the East County Tournament on April 1 after going undefeated with a 5-0 record. The Dons won all five matches in straight sets by a score of 2-0 to win the championship. 

Amador defeated Rio Americano, Saint Mary’s, Albany, Livermore, and Foothill in dominating fashion. The Dons matched up against the Foothill Falcons in the finals, winning in two sets by a score of 25-20 and 25-18. 

“It was a really good outing for us and we really executed on all the aspects that we wanted to. We had some of the best serving and passing games we’ve had all year. I think we generate a lot of momentum which has kind of helped us these past few weeks,” said outside hitter Nate Clinton (‘23)

Consecutively playing games during the day took a physical toll on the players’ bodies. But the team stayed mentally tough throughout each match and maintained high energy levels to propel themselves to victory. 

“We started strong and we came out in the morning ready to play. We stayed focused throughout the day and that led to the victories. Winning games early on and staying focused really helped our energy flourish,” said opposite hitter Tyler Homes (‘23)

Following their undefeated outing at the tournament, the team has improved their confidence and developed connections that will push them forward as the regular season concludes on April 25. 

“We played a lot of matches in that tournament so we can really figure out ourselves, figure out our flaws, what’s working, what’s not, and use that going into the playoffs,” said Homes.

Aside from their on-court success, the players solidified tight bonds with one another during the trip. They hope these relationships will motivate and carry them forward for the remainder of the season.  

“There was a lot of time for us to build comradery at the tournament. I think whenever you’re able to just spend a day with the team, that helps out a lot. And when you get results, it makes it more fun as well,” said Clinton.