ELK GROVE — This was one that the Davis High boys volleyball players and coaches will remember for a long time.
Tuesday at Elk Grove, the Blue Devils came back from a 2-0 deficit, then won six consecutive match points in the fifth game to pull out a wild road victory over the Thundering Herd.
DHS (10-4) won the match 23-25, 18-25, 27-25, 25-20, 16-14, to improve to 4-1 in the Delta Valley Conference, good for second place after one round of league play.
“It was a really tense match and I’m really proud of how the guys fought through adversity,” said Devil co-coach Jordon Friend.
Libero Dominic Fannijang was his team’s heart and soul on Tuesday. After pacing the Davis defense throughout the match (to the tune of 17 digs), the junior stepped up to serve with the locals trailing 14-10 in the final game.
Fannijang then unleashed an epic six-serve run to clinch the win, throwing in two aces along the way, and senior Andre Foster punctuated the victory with his 13th kill of the match.
“Dominic did a great job,” Friend said. “He balanced the court for us really well all night and kept us in the match.”
But the list of Blue Devil heroes was a long one. From Richard Lu’s strong all-around play (team-best 15 kills) to Milton Hong’s invaluable defense (10 digs) to Nick Simons’ offense (14 kills), which got better as the match went on, DHS got contributions from up and down the lineup.
“The boys all played really well and I think we are in a really good place after the first round of league,” Friend said after his team’s third straight victory. “This win is really going to give us momentum going into Thursday (5 p.m. match at Franklin) and the second half of league play.”