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Prep volleyball: SCCS keeps upper hand

Cardinals defeat Trinity for second straight season

Posted: September 15, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: September 15, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Santa Clarita Christian’s Logan Hermanson hits the ball past Trinity’s Emily Kim, left, and Lizzie MacAdam on Wednesday at Legacy Volleyball Club in Valencia. SCCS won 3-2.

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It became clear early that Trinity Classical Academy girls volleyball wasn’t going down easily on its new home court.

As the match wore on, however, Santa Clarita Christian School proved to be the team with more firepower and better ability to adjust on the fly.

With a narrow 3-2 final, SCCS beat its crosstown rival Trinity for the second straight year on Wednesday at Legacy Volleyball Club in Santa Clarita.

It marked Trinity’s first match at Legacy, its new permanent home.

The scores were 13-25, 25-23, 19-25, 25-18, 15-10 in favor of the Cardinals (2-0), who made easy work of the Knights (1-2) last year in a 3-0 win.

“I think you’ve got a much better showing of who we are in those last two games,” said SCCS head coach Darcy Brown, noting that the team returns just one senior this season and has five sophomores on varsity.

Trinity quickly took advantage of the Cardinals’ youth and decisively won the opening game.

From then on, the match was a back-and-forth battle with games coming down to a handful of mistakes at the end.

“It was nice to see them playing as a team,” said Knights head coach Alison Buchanan. “You really saw them playing together rather than just six girls out there playing.”

In game 2, SCCS came out fast and went up 5-0. Though Trinity fought back three times to within one point — the latest coming at 24-23 — the Cardinals never lost their lead in the game.

SCCS junior Christina Keoshian began to establish herself at the net, ending up with a match-high 17 kills to go along with eight blocks and seven aces.

“A lot of times we start out tired and flat and then we come together and start playing together,” Keoshian said.

On the Knights’ side, it was junior Julia Howell who helped rally back for a win in the third game, giving Trinity a 2-1 lead.

She finished with eight kills, eight blocks and 11 digs.

In the end, the Cardinals were the team that best kept their composure in winning the final two games.

The hitting combination of Lette Blake and lone SCCS senior Logan Hermanson along with Keoshian’s serving helped close the door.

Hermanson had 10 kills and eight assists while Blake finished with seven kills and 12 assists.

“There’s a bit of a rivalry here and I think it could have gone either way,” Brown said. “I was glad our momentum carried us over.”

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