In the first Palo Alto versus Gunn boys volleyball ever, the Titans shutout the Vikings, 25-16, 25-18, 25-23 in a SCVAL rival matchup on Friday night.
The Titans improved to 6-2 (10-5 overall) while the Vikings dropped to 4-5 (4-8 overall) and fell into fifth place in the division. The Titans have now won 31 out of 47 sets this year.
“There was a lot of hype and they were really excited in the beginning,” said Gunn head coach Matt Brostch. “I was telling them to not get over-hyped. Honestly, this was one of the better games we’ve played because we came out focused. Hopefully from here, this is a nice little building game.”
In the third match, Simon Antony found his brother Matthew Antony, set it to him, and Antony smashed it passed two Palo Alto defenders and Gunn sealed the win 25-23.
“I wanted to finish off the game on a high note,” said Matthew Antony. “I told my brother, the setter, to put it up and I put it away the best I could.”
In the second set, Palo Alto went on a 4-0 run and cut the score to 23-18. Gunn then scored three in a row on Viking hits out of bounds. The Titans took a 2-0 match lead.
Matt Antony came up huge in the third match when he served the ball and scored six in a row for Gunn. The senior was responsible for eight of the Titans 25 points.
Palo Alto made a run of its own and scored six in a row, making it a 17-21 Gunn lead. The Vikings made it close again and scored six in a row again and made it a 24-23. Antony then spiked it passed the defenders and the Titans triumphed.
The Titans will take on King’s Academy on Wednesday while Palo Alto hosts Leigh on Thursday.