GARDEN VALLEY — Visiting Oakmont held off Golden Sierra’s comeback hopes in Tuesday’s first-round playoff opener, eliminating the Grizzlies 19-25, 19-25, 25-18, 14-25.
Golden Sierra played well but couldn’t stop the Vikings’ stepped-up play that allowed Oakmont to close the first set on a 10-1 run; close the second with six of the last seven points; and close the fourth set on a 14-5 streak.
The Grizzlies put it together in the third set to stay alive. Matt Smith’s jump serve for an ace iced the win as Golden Sierra led after breaking a 2-2 tie. The combined efforts of Smith, Brian Cann, Gracen Christiansen, Rocky Sacks, Brandon Susic, Eric Yamzon and Anthony Rosas forced a fourth set.
“Oakmont played real well … both teams did. It was a good playoff match between two teams and we just came up a little short,” Griz coach Glenn Linka said. “Earlier in the season we had to make changes in the middle due to injuries and as you could see we had no answer for their big hitter.”
Golden Sierra finishes with a 14-2 record.