Granada Hills Coach Tom Harp was concerned that his team might be overconfident going into Friday night's City Section 3-A volleyball championship game against Bell.
Granada Hills, the defending 3-A champion, had fully expected to see Mid-Valley co-champion Reseda on the other side of the net at Pepperdine's Firestone Fieldhouse. Bell, the City League champion, came in as an unknown quantity after knocking out Reseda in the semifinal.
But instead of cockiness, the Highlanders demonstrated nothing but proficiency in a 15-5, 15-12, 11-15, 15-5 victory.
"This was one of our toughest matches in two years," Granada Hills Coach Tom Harp said. "They made it tough because they very rarely gave up more than one point in a row."
In the first game, however, Bell (13-2) jumped out to a 3-0 lead before giving up 12 consecutive points.
Albert Vicencio served Bell to its short-lived lead before Granada Hills came storming back behind the serving of senior Min Chung and the hitting of sophomore Sam Goldman, who had 13 kills in the match. The Highlanders cruised to a 15-5 win.