Chris Sisson wasn’t sure how the Foothill boys volleyball team would respond at the first sign of adversity in the postseason. Any concerns the Falcons coach had were alleviated Tuesday.
Chansten Chow and Kendell Andrews combined for 40 kills and 17 digs, and Foothill overcame two early momentum swings to beat Las Vegas 25-22, 20-25, 25-15, 28-26 in the first round of the Sunrise Region tournament at Green Valley.
“It’s good they learned how to finish today,” Sisson said. “Now that they’ve tasted what it feels like to finish a game in the playoffs, they can use that going forward.”
The Falcons (29-10) rallied to win the first set after Las Vegas (11-11) scored 12 consecutive points to grab a 21-18 lead. The Wildcats then answered in the second set and appeared to have Foothill in trouble.
But Foothill, which lost 3-0 to Las Vegas in the opening round of the Sunrise tournament last season and is in the playoffs for only the second time since 2006, adjusted to the Wildcats’ outside blockers in set three and regained control.
Chow led the Falcons with 21 kills, eight digs and six blocks. Andrews added 19 kills and nine digs, and teammate Taeg Williams dished out 50 assists.
Blake Burgess led the Wildcats with 14 kills and four blocks.
■ Silverado 3, Eldorado 1 — At Green Valley, Curtis Hadland and Austin Hunt had 12 kills apiece, and the Skyhawks (13-6) put away the Sundevils 23-25, 25-15, 25-16, 25-12 after an early scare.
David Tran had 15 kills for Eldorado (11-7).
■ Coronado 3, Rancho 0 — At Green Valley, Tyler Cucullu posted eight kills and two digs, and Connor Stephenson handed out 14 assists as the defending state champion Cougars (22-4) overwhelmed the Rams, 25-5, 25-12, 25-10.
Matt Pettit finished with seven kills, and Max Osmundson notched six kills for Coronado.
Jef Rebibes finished with four kills and five digs for Rancho (6-16).
■ Valley 3, Basic 1 — Jack Heavey had 23 kills and three digs, and Sean Carter finished with 61 assists and seven digs as the Vikings survived 12 service errors and held off the Wolves, 25-19, 25-16, 21-25, 25-18.
Matt Ballaro added 20 kills and 14 digs, Lorenzo Capannolo finished with 17 kills and three digs, and David Delaney had 30 digs for Valley (24-1).
Joaquin Pequeno had eight kills, and Taylor Dyler had 14 assists for Basic (10-8).
■ Shadow Ridge 3, Bishop Gorman 0 — At Legacy, despite losing 11 seniors from last year’s region championship team, the Mustangs rolled to a 25-22, 27-25, 25-18 opening-round win over Bishop Gorman.
“After losing those many seniors, certainly there were questions about this team,” coach Travis Underwood said.
Shadow Ridge battled a brief moment of adversity, as the Mustangs faced four game points in the second set. The Mustangs got kills from Richard Sterling and Quinn Peterson to rally and win the set.
Sterling had 16 kills for Shadow Ridge (14-4), and Peterson added 11. A.J. Makaiwi had 21 digs, and Jalen Makaiwi had 38 assists.
Jason Han had 17 digs for Gorman (5-6), and Amadeus Sowa added 19 kills.
■ Legacy 3, Arbor View 0 — At Legacy, in its first playoff game in school history, the Longhorns made short work of the Aggies, winning 25-13, 25-18, 25-17.
Tanner Compton led the Longhorns with 14 kills and 12 digs, and Trent Compton had 10 kills. Braden Liu had 31 assists for Legacy (18-5).
Chris Heron led Arbor View (16-10) with 19 assists and seven digs.
■ Centennial 3, Sierra Vista 0 — At Legacy, Chet Durkin had 27 assists and Blake Frischknecht added 12 kills and three aces as the Bulldogs defeated the Mountain Lions, 25-12, 25-14, 25-21.
Hunter Stratton chipped in nine kills and three aces for the Bulldogs (16-2), and Jabarri Glover had five kills and a pair of blocks. Stefan Klancnik had four kills and one block for Sierra Vista (8-16), and Julius Sison had 16 assists.
■ Palo Verde 3, Bonanza 0 — At Legacy, eight Panthers had at least five kills as Palo Verde rolled over the Bengals, 25-21, 25-22, 25-21.
E.J. Vanderstelt led the way for the Panthers (17-3) with nine kills, one block and one dig, followed by Rich Ryerson with nine kills, two digs and an ace. Mitchell Tingey added five kills, two digs and a block for Palo Verde, which pulled away late in all three games.
Alec Taylor had 31 assists for the Bengals (8-14). Andrew Jensen had eight kills and Adam Puckoris had 18 digs.