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Prep volleyball: Hart steps up amid pressure

Indians dominate late to beat Camarillo and improve record in five-game matches

Posted: September 21, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: September 21, 2011 1:55 a.m.

Hart's Maryah Richberg, center, and Amy King (81) block a shot by Camarillo’s Alexandra McGinley, left, on Tuesday at Hart High School. The Indians won 3-2.

One thing is for sure, Hart girls volleyball is getting plenty of practice under pressure.

For the third time in six preleague matches this season, Hart had to play five games to determine a winner.

The Indians dominated the fifth game on Tuesday against Camarillo to escape with a 3-2 win at Hart High School.

The 19-25, 25-20, 26-24, 16-25, 15-9 win pushes Hart’s record to 2-1 in five-game matches.

“At least it’s good in the sense that we’re learning how to come out and win in game 5,” said Hart head coach Mary Keen.

That’s not such a bad thing considering Foothill League play begins on Tuesday.

A fired-up Hart team quickly jumped ahead 8-2 in the game and used strong net play to keep Camarillo (6-5) from any chance at a rally.

“I think we came back in the fifth game with just the determination to play the way we know we can,” said Hart outside hitter Amy King.

The match was full of scoring rallies and momentum changes, with the Scorpions winning the opening game and narrowly losing the next two to fall behind 2-1.

“We have an incredibly talented team that doesn’t always play to its potential,” said Camarillo head coach Rob Vandermay.

The Indians showed they were capable of rallying too.

In a pivotal game 3, Camarillo rode an 8-1 run to take a 20-13 lead. Paced by key kills by Brittani Elser and King, Hart (4-2) fought all the way back to tie it up at 24-24.

The Scorpions committed a net violation after that and Katie Baker’s kill finished off the game for the Indians.

“They’re a fighting team,” Keen said of Hart. “They don’t give up, and that’s a good thing because it shows they’re mentally tough.”

Elser led Hart with 14 kills, while teammate and libero Cassidy Fitzpatrick had 37 digs and four aces.

Once again, the Scorpions found a way to put together a late rally and took advantage of Hart mistakes in game 4 to tie the match up.

What was once a 9-7 Hart lead turned into a 15-10 deficit when Camarillo went on a 8-1 run.

It carried that momentum into a game 4 victory, but it couldn’t carry it to an overall win.

“They were a more consistent team than we were today,” Vandermay said.

Camarillo was paced by Noelle Berry’s 15 kills while Hannah Kimball also added 13 kills and four aces.


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