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KYUSUNG GONG, STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
El Dorado's Vinny Parisi, right, and Connor Leech reaches out for a dig during a CIF-SS Division 1 Playoff match against Newbury Park at El Dorado on Thursday.

El Dorado battles but falls to Newbury Park

CONTRIBUTING WRITER

PLACENTIA-  Newbury Park came into Thursday night's second-round CIF-SS Division 1 boys volleyball playoff game at El Dorado with a national ranking and a lot of swagger.

The Panthers left with that same confidence after making El Dorado their sixth consecutive victim of a sweep, 25-19, 25-18, 25-17.

Newbury Park (23-3), ranked No. 6 in the nation by MaxPreps, has won 63 of 67 games in matches they've won and were just too much for the Golden Hawks (22-10).

Tyler Resnick had 13 kills, Ian Eschenberg added 10 kills, four blocks and two aces, and Parker Maki had nine kills, including the match-winner.

El Dorado won its first Division 1 playoff game in school history in a first-round, 3-1 victory over Alemany on Tuesday. But first-year coach Henry Valiente knew Newbury Park was going to be trouble.

"When you've got kids like they do, who have played together since they were 8 years old, it was going to be tough to match their chemistry," Valiente said. "Their serve was outstanding and made it difficult to get into our offense."

Nicolas Bilinski led El Dorado with 12 kills and his brother, Daniel, had 9 kills in their last game for the Hawks.

Newbury Park only trailed for three points in the entire match, but despite looking overmatched, El Dorado battled throughout thanks to its senior leadership.

Vinny Parisi had 10 digs and setter Dale Irvin had 25 assists.

"I'm proud of our guys because we didn't go down without a fight," Irvin, a three-year starter said. "We've started a legacy here that I believe the younger guys will continue, and the future for this program looks very bright."

El Dorado finished second in the Crestview League with an 8-3 mark and returns half of its lineup.

"It's my first year as the varsity coach, but I've been around these seniors in club ball for the last four years and I am very thankful to have guys like this senior class who owned up to their responsibilities as players and leaders to help make my job easier," Valiente said. "We couldn't be more proud of them and the younger guys really fed off them."


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