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CIF volleyball playoffs: End of the long road

CIF volleyball playoffs: SCCS sees season end in quarterfinals

Posted: November 11, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: November 11, 2012 2:00 a.m.
 

Santa Clarita Christian’s bounce-back season came to a close on Saturday night as Coastal Christian defeated the Cardinals 25-12, 24-26, 25-15, 25-8 in the quarterfinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division VAA playoffs.

The Cardinals struggled early in the match after a three-hour road trip to the Arroyo Grande-area high school.

“It’s hard when you’re driving almost three hours and they got a couple quick points on us right away,” said SCCS head coach Darcy Brown. “It set us back a little bit.”

SCCS (13-13) returned to form in the second game, using a strong attack to stick with the Coast Valley League champions before evening the match up at one game apiece.

“Once we felt like we got our feet under us, we played really well,” Brown said.

Kylie Brown led the attack with seven kills, five assists and five digs in the match. Christina Keoshian had seven kills, four digs and an ace. Allie Acosta had six kills, six blocks and an ace.

“I was proud of the way our girls fought,” Brown said. “They outsized us as far as height. They had several girls who were taller than us and with the extra height comes the extra wingspan and they were able to go over our block.”

That advantage helped the Conquerors (28-1) pull away in the final two games to advance to the semifinals.

“In the third they came out pretty charged. They didn’t like us beating them in the second game,” Brown said.

Colette Blake added 14 assists, three kills, four digs and three aces for SCCS. Kimberly Curry had 10 digs and an ace and Gabby Watkins had three aces.

Despite the loss, though, the Cardinals were happy with the way their season turned out.

After going 6-11 overall and 1-6 in Heritage League play last season and missing out on the playoffs, the Cardinals responded this season with a league championship.

“I’ve been so proud of how our girls worked together as a team,” Brown said. “Our seniors really stepped up and pushed toward the end of the season. They really banded together to work hard as a team and play as a team and leave self behind. You can’t play a sport like this alone.”

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