The Carpinteria High School boys volleyball team, reigning Citrus Coast League champions, hosted a first round CIF-SS Division Four playoff match on April 30 against third-place finishers Campbell Hall of the Gold Coast League. But North Hollywood ran the table with a 3-0 win over the Warriors. The Vikings came into the contest 15-3 overall with a league record of 7-3 and will advance to the second round to take on St. Anthony, while Carpinteria finishes the year at 9-6.

Carpinteria got off to a good start when Diesle Slade slammed a spike down the baseline to give the home team an early 1-0 lead. However, a dink over the net by Campbell Hall’s Johnny Garnett put his team up 8-4. The Warriors continued to battle,  with Miguel Enriquez serving up an ace to cut the deficit to three at 10-7. But when Gus Acord’s cross-court kill landed on the Warriors’ side of the net the lead was extended to 20-15. “The Vikings were well equipped all-around, from strong hitting power at the net to aggressive defense both back and front row,” said Carpinteria coach Dino Garcia. Campbell Hall ended up taking the first game, 25-17.

The two teams went back and forth in the second game, but with Gus Acord serving the Vikings pulled out to a 12-7 lead. Yet Luke Nakasone’s slippery serves brought the Warriors, trailing 20-15, within four points on a couple of occasions. “The Warriors stayed composed under the heavy pressure, but Campbell Hall was a force to be reckoned with,” explained Garcia. The Vikings’ six-foot, three-inch opposite hitter Chris Garnett closed out the game with a kill, and Carpinteria trailed, 2-0 in the match.

Campbell Hall came out on fire to begin game three, and when opposite hitter Jack Candido nailed another kill the Vikings were up 9-0. The Warriors continued to fight back but were unable to narrow the gap. “Libero Number-one Miguel Enriquez did a phenomenal job, back row for the Warriors, his mental game was solid no matter the situation,” said Garcia. Enriquez collected 24 digs for the match, many of which were hard-driven balls. Setter Luke Nakasone also dished out 14 assists for Carpinteria. However, Avery Palmer’s spike down the middle earned Campbell Hall a 3-0 sweep.

Outside hitter Liam Slade buried seven kills and served up an ace. Middle blocker Luis Zamora defended the Warriors’ net with five kills and one block. Freshman Diesel Slade also notched four kills, and fellow freshman and middle blocker River Taff pitched in with two kills. “We ended exactly the way we wanted to end, we played to our potential,” said Garcia. “Throughout the season, we were having a little bit of shaky moments, playing under pressure… and I’m really happy with our guys’ performance, we played to our ability, we gave Campbell Hall a good run for their money,” he explained.

Although the Warriors will lose five seniors from the 13 players on this year’s squad to graduation, Garcia is already looking forward to next season. “We’re going to lose a little bit of foundation, but I’m excited for the youth we have here present,” he added.  

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