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Prep volleyball: Hart overcomes a few miscues to secure the league’s second seed

Posted: October 31, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 31, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Hart outside hitter Amy King (81) hits past Canyon defender Robyn Underwood on Tuesday at Hart High School. The Indians won 3-0.

It wasn’t Hart at its best, but the Indians girls volleyball team did enough to earn a victory on Tuesday at Hart High School.

The Indians overcame an inconsistent performance to sweep visiting Canyon 25-22, 25-13, 25-15 in both team’s season finales.

Combined with West Ranch’s loss to Valencia later in the night, Hart secured the Foothill League’s No. 2 seed for the CIF-Southern Section Division IA playoffs.

“We have gone after teams and really strived to pull away,” said Hart head coach Mary Keen. “But tonight was a completely different experience.”

They might not have been the team Keen is used to, but after a tight first game, a combination of Hart offense and Canyon miscues allowed the Indians to take over the match.

Midway through the second game, six straight Hart points came off Cowboys’ errors, turning a 17-11 match into a commanding 23-13 Hart lead.

“We gave consistent effort tonight,” said Canyon head coach Brandon Johnson. “But we made too many unforced errors. It’s hard to come back from that.”

Two plays later, Chase Tengberg had put Hart (18-8 overall, 7-3 Foothill League) at game point with a kill, and Amy King scored the winner to give the Indians a 2-0 lead.

King led Hart with eight kills in the match, while Tengberg added six. Amanda Plante led with four blocks. Katie Baker led with 13 digs, and Megan Nicolazzo added 18 assists.

Canyon (10-15-1, 2-8) stayed within five points midway through the third game, trailing by five at 14-9, before Hart went on a 17-6 run to close out the match on a kill by Plante.

Now, Hart will wait until playoff brackets are released Saturday at 12:30 p.m. to find out where it will be playing next.

What the Indians do know is that they will be the No. 2 seeded team from the Foothill League after finishing in a second-place tie with West Ranch. Hart owns the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Wildcats.

“We’re really excited to go into playoffs,” King said. “We’ve been working on defense and feel we’ve been improving a lot. We’re confident we can challenge any team.”


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