Santa Clarita Christian Schools volleyball team looks to build on last year’s deep playoff run where they made it to the southern section finals and into the second round of the state playoffs. They do have to deal with the loss of Julia Phillipps and Kalona Marr; both were significant contributors to last years success.
But with the loss of key players comes the ability of other players to step into those missing roles. Stepping into this year’s senior leadership role are Megan Drombrowski, Aaryona Crosswhite, and Ashley Rens. Both Dombrowksi and Crosswhite are key returners and look forward to stepping into their roles. Ashley Rens transfers to us from Golden Valley where last season she accumulated 76 kills, 29 aces, and 56 digs. Due to CIF transfer rules, she was not eligible to play until this past Tuesday 9/11. Over their first five games, the Lady Cardinals are 3-2 overall with a league record of 2-1.
In their first game of the season, they faced Division 6 giant Grace Brethren. The Cardinals show their character in all four sets. Despite falling behind early, they fought back in games. In the final set, they fell just short of pushing the Lancers to a fifth set. Coach Darcy said of the game, “I am very pleased how the girls started out the season. They went against a very strong, highly ranked division 6 team and we fought with them almost the whole match.”
In their second game of the season, the Cardinals rebounded and defeated Desert Christian 3-0. The Cardinals played an excellent, well-rounded match.
The third game of the season found the Cardinals at home against League rival Faith Baptist. The Cardinals fell behind early in game 1, at one point they were trailing by four points. The Cardinals battled and chipped away to win set 1. The Contenders, however, rallied back and defeated the Cardinals in 3 straight sets to win the match.
The fourth and fifth games of the season saw the Cardinals gain two league victories as they swept both Lancaster Baptist and Vasquez.
In talking with Coach Brown, she is happy with her team’s performance up to this point of the season, “We have much of the season still to look forward to. Our girls continue to work hard and get stronger and smarter every day.”
The Lady Cardinals travel to Palmdale today to take on Palmdale Aerospace Academy (13-8, 2-1 league). Then they move on to the Cal City tournament starting tomorrow and into the weekend.