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SCCS v-ball wins SCV private school battle

Posted: October 16, 2013 9:19 p.m.
Updated: October 16, 2013 9:19 p.m.

Santa Clarita Christian's Kylie Brown (16) hits the ball over Trinity's Lizzie MacAdam (7) and Sarah Howell (12) on Wednesday at Legacy Volleyball Club. Photo by Wally Caddow/Courtesy photo

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Up two games already and possessing an early lead in the third, Santa Clarita Christian Cardinals sophomore Kylie Brown had a message for her teammates: “Do not let down, let’s go!”

On Wednesday afternoon at Legacy Volleyball Club, SCCS had no problem following through on Brown’s hoorah, easily dispatching crosstown and Heritage League rival Trinity Classical Academy in a 25-8, 25-21, 25-13 sweep.

“I want to make sure I always keep a positive attitude out there because I know it affects the other players if I don’t,” Brown said. “I want to be a leader on the court, and it was fun to see how much of an impact I had in that role today.”

Brown’s leadership on Wednesday was impressive, but it was her dynamic skill set that set her apart.

The sophomore outside hitter finished with 18 kills, 12 digs, two aces and two blocks on Wednesday.

This against Trinity (4-6, 0-2), which lacked experience and was reeling from a grueling five-game loss to Faith Baptist a day prior.

SCCS’s experienced roster came into Wednesday’s rivalry game with a level of intensity to match the circumstances, and it was reflected on the scoreboard when the Cardinals quickly grabbed the first game 25-8.

Trinity’s young roster lacked the firepower and experience to match the determined Cardinals squad, and while the Knights jumped out to a 12-3 lead in the second game, SCCS quickly regrouped itself to tie the frame at 19 before ultimately clinching it.

“Inexperience makes it easy to let dips in confidence take over,” said Trinity assistant coach Julie Stilson.

“Once the mental blocks set in it’s hard to get past that, and with so much put out yesterday I definitely wondered if we would be able to match their energy,” added Knights head coach Alison Buchanan.

Trinity was led on Wednesday by its lone senior, Jacey Massetto, who finished with 15 digs.

The Knights are now 0-2 in league and will likely take their share of licks given the lack of varsity experience on the roster.

The Cardinals (9-2, 2-0), however, are in no such position.

In addition to Brown’s fruitful performance, Cardinals seniors Allie Acosta and Susannah Gwynn combined for 13 digs, five aces and four kills. Total team production like that can only spell good things for an SCCS team that is already in midseason form and ranked fifth in the CIF-Southern Section Division VAA.

“They’ve worked very hard, and we’ve played big schools in big games,” said SCCS head coach Darcy Brown. “It’s just about cleaning up the errors now.”

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