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Cardinals V-ball exits postseason

Posted: November 12, 2009 10:33 p.m.
Updated: November 13, 2009 4:30 a.m.

Santa Clarita Christian girls volleyball team had its postseason run ended in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division V-AA playoffs with a five-game loss to Hesperia Christian 16-25, 25-17, 25-21, 17-25, 6-15 at SCCS.

It looked to be a battle from the outset with several tough points, before the Patriots taking the first game 25-16. The Cardinals led early but a few net errors allowed Hesperia Christian to take a 5-4 lead it never relinquished.

“Momentum played a big part,” said SCCS head coach Darcy Brown. “We just made too many hitting errors when we needed to get points. There were a couple of times where we could have really swung momentum our way, and we gave some points away.”

The Cardinals (13-10) were able to respond in Game 2, racing out to an 11-2 lead that it held on to for a 25-17 win.

Juniors Amanda Mothershead and Joanna Masopust led the strong comeback effort, making plays all over the court for SCCS,

Masopust, a setter, finished with 29 assists, seven digs, three tip kills at the net and two aces. Mothershead added eight kills and seven digs.

The Cardinals held their momentum in Game 3, but the team’s confidence began to falter as the score seesawed back and forth until SCCS took a 16-15 lead it was able to hang onto, winning 25-21.

The Patriots (15-8) began to take control in the fourth frame.

The Cardinals took the game’s first and second points, but those were their only leads as Hesperia Christian took control the rest of the way, winning 25-17.

“Mentally, it was very frustrating for us to get back into it once we got down,” Mothershead said. “We carried it over into that fifth game and let it get to us.”

In the last game, the Cardinals never seemed to get going, falling behind 10-5 early. A pair of kills by Hesperia Christian’s Sierra Murphy, who was a force by the net all night for the Patriots, helped ice the win.

“My girls just played with a lot of heart, and momentum played a huge role,” said Patriots head coach Kelli Hodson. “I think it came down to who made the fewest mistakes tonight.”

Despite ending its season on a sour note, there is a lot to be positive about for SCCS volleyball. The team returns five juniors next year that all played significant minutes.

“You hate to think about next year already,” Brown said. “But yeah, it’s definitely something to look forward to, be positive about and that we can build on.”



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