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CIF volleyball playoffs: Indians lose grip

Indians fall in tight match

Posted: November 9, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 9, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Hart's Chase Tengberg walks off the court as El Dorado players celebrate after the Indians lost 3-2 in the CIF-Southern Section Division IA playoffs.

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In a match to 15, it only takes a few seconds to flip everything on its head.

After Thursday night, no one knows that better than the Hart girls volleyball team, which saw a five-point, game-five lead vanish as El Dorado came out on top 25-17, 22-25, 25-15, 15-25, 17-15 in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division IA playoffs at Hart High School.

After an up-and-down first four games that saw both teams show signs of greatness at times, and a lack of execution at others, the Indians pulled ahead 11-6 in the pivotal fifth.

“We got a little complacent. We thought we had it in the bag,” said Hart middle blocker Amanda Plante. “We lowered our grip a little and that hurt us.”

The Golden Hawks responded with an 11-4 run punctuated by Hart’s Kathryn Cambra sending one wide for the final El Dorado point.

Cambra finished the match with eight kills for Hart, while Amy King led with 16 kills and 16 digs and added four blocks. Maryah Richberg had eight kills and five blocks, and was pivotal in Hart’s game-four win.

Setter Erin Indermill led with 31 assists and added 15 digs and two aces.

El Dorado presented a challenge at the net for Hart, as the Golden Eagles held a significant size advantage with 6-foot-2-inch setter Kelly Claes, 6-foot-2 outside hitter Tess Hirschler and 6-feet-tall outside hitter Rebecca Bonaker.

Claes was dominant, leading with 19 kills, 28 assists and 10 digs. Hirschler had 10 kills and Bonaker added 15 kills and 10 digs. Lauren Gullotti had a match-high 22 digs and Kristen Fox has 20 assists and 15 digs.

“That was the first team that we’ve seen that had height as an advantage over us,” Plante said. “We knew we had to pick up our defense.”

At times the Indians did just that. But in the end, they couldn’t keep the momentum going.

“We made a lot of single plays,” said El Dorado head coach Craig Tefertiller on how his team came back. “We can’t kick field goals or make touchdowns. We have to get them one at a time.”


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