Piedmont boys volleyball makes NCS playoffs, hosts Encinal

2023 Boys volleyball (left-right): Albert Bellingrath, John Champion, Brayden Day (4), Owen Kelly (22), and Wilson Wong (11)

Piedmont High School’s boys volleyball team earned another berth in the North Coast Section Division 3 volleyball playoffs, and will open at home on May 2 against Encinal.

It’s the second consecutive year the Highlanders are in the bracket.

The match is scheduled for 7 p.m.

James MaNguyen (center)

Piedmont defeated West County last year in the first round and fell to Archie Williams-San Anselmo in the second round.

The Highlanders finished their season with a win at Berkeley on April 26, 21-25, 25-21, 25-16, 25-16. Piedmont lost its home finale against Bishop O’Dowd on April 21, 25-13, 25-16, 25-17.

“It was a hard loss,” Highlanders coach Mariah Cardenas said. “Playing a team like O’Dowd last will always be tough. They have yet to drop a set against any teams in our league. I had high hopes, though. We have been working so hard. Trying out different scenarios in practice. We adjusted as much as possible but we couldn’t keep a lead.

“The boys did what they could. Constantly communicating and encouraging one another.”

It was senior night and the team honored Owen Kelly, Eric Olaru-Hagen, James MaNguyen, Wilson Wong, Brayden Day, Jonas Kra-Caskey, and Kai Lambert.

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