Grizzly JV hold serve, win own tournament

By: Staff Report
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With a final four that featured the junior varsity teams and freshman teams from Granite Bay and Nevada Union High Schools, the Grizzly JV was the last team standing as it captured its own tournament Saturday. The GBHS JV Invitational included 16 teams from as far away as Chico and the Bay Area. Because of their strength this season, the freshman teams at Granite Bay and Nevada Union were allowed into the field. The Granite Bay JV, led by captains Jon Holway, Chris Cummings, and Anthony Gianotti, came out strong and beat its three pool-play opponents - Chico, Placer, and the Nevada Union freshman team. After advancing to the quarterfinals in the Gold Division, GBHS defeated Oak Ridge High School 25-12, 25-22 to earn a trip to the semifinals. The Nevada Union JV won its three opening matches, as well as their quarterfinal match against Oakmont 25-23, 25-12. The Granite Bay freshmen won a quarterfinal match in the Gold Division, beating Ponderosa 25-21, 25-16, and the Nevada Union frosh took care of a strong Rocklin JV team in three games 25-18, 21-25, & 15-10. A three-game Grizzly JV win over the Nevada Union freshman and a three-game win by the Miner JV over Granite Bay’s freshman squad set up a final contest between the two pre-tournament favorites. Granite Bay lost the opening game of the final match to 22-25, but with strong play from Gianotti, the setter, outside hitter Alex Westman and middle blocker Kyle Howarth, the Grizzlies orchestrated an emotional come-from-behind victory, taking the final two games 25-21 and 15-11 to win the match. Antelope won the tourney’s Silver Division, taking care of Florin the final after the two squads had dispatched of Roseville and De La Salle in the semifinals. Howarth was selected as the tournament MVP, with Westman, Gianotti and Jake Neptune also being selected to the all-tournament team. Colin Lee, Tyler Ashbaugh and Roman Seehezzi from Nevada Union and John Fluette from Antelope were also named all-tourney.