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SCCS volleyball holds on to edge Coastal Union

Posted: November 14, 2013 10:09 p.m.
Updated: November 14, 2013 10:09 p.m.

Santa Clarita Christian outside hitter Kylie Brown, right, hits the ball against Coastal Union on Thursday night at SCCS.


In the face of elimination, the Santa Clarita Christian Cardinals girls volleyball team turned to its senior standout middle blocker, Allie Acosta.

With the visiting Coastal Union Broncos facing match point, up one in the fifth and deciding game, Acosta notched back-to-back blocks to take the lead, before Beth Hovey put the match away in a 3-2 SCCS victory on Thursday at SCCS.

The Cardinals won the CIF-Southern Section Division VAA second-round playoff match by scores of 25-18, 27-25, 19-25, 17-25, 17-15.

“I’m extremely happy,” said Acosta, who notched a game-high nine blocks to go along with 10 kills. “As a senior, I didn’t want to lose. I would have been devastated to be so close and lose.”

That’s because the Cardinals (14-3-1) had momentum squarely in their corner early on, turning the tables on the Broncos (11-3) in game two to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the match.

In game two, the Broncos jumped out to a 13-3 lead before Acosta and outside hitter Kylie Brown led a furious comeback to put the Cardinals on the brink of advancing.

But as quickly as it looked like the Cardinals would cruise into the quarterfinals, the Broncos found another gear of their own. Suddenly Eleri Perryman was on the other end of everything Brown sent at Coastal Union, and the Broncos front line repeatedly put the ball just over Acosta’s reach.

“Once or twice,” said Coastal Union interim head coach Casey Page on whether she’s ever seen her team show the grit the Broncos displayed on Thursday night. “This was the most consistent I’ve seen them. They left it all on the court. To me, it was a success.”

For their part, the Cardinals didn’t do much to help their cause, letting up to lose game three, and watching mistakes snowball as the Broncos tied up the match in game four.

“We got to the third game and when they started putting up points, we let down and lost confidence,” Brown said.

But when it mattered most, the Cardinals found that confidence again.

Acosta, who was stellar in games one and two, rebounded to score six of the Cardinals’ 17 points in the pivotal game five, including the back-to-back blocks that to them on the verge of victory.

Brown, who was dominant from start to finish, finished with 23 kills, 21 digs and seven aces. Tiffany Shroyer had 15 digs and three aces.

“My main thing was I didn’t want the season to be over,” Brown said. “There’s so much potential where we could go far. That match was a confidence booster and momentum builder.”

The Cardinals will travel to Mammoth on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the quarterfinals.


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