The Santa Clarita Christian School’s Lady Cardinals Volleyball team gets rolling and wins the silver bracket of the Cal City tournament. This is the second straight year they walk away with the championship in this tournament. In the competition, the Cardinals went 4-1-1 overall.
Although the Cardinals won the silver bracket, the tournament started out rough. The first game saw them pitted against Arvin High School where they lost 2-0 (29-27, 25-15). Although they extended the first set into extra points, they couldn’t squeeze out a victory. In their second match against Bishop, the Lady Cardinals started to find their feet. Although the game ended in a 1-1 tie, Coach Darcy Brown noted the team began to liven up a bit.
Liven up they did! The Cardinals would move on to win four straight, and only one set out 9 in those games. Their 1 set loss came to Highland High School of Bakersfield. The entire game proved to be a battle between the two teams. Each set was close (25-20, 23-25, 15-8) but the Lady Cardinals dug their feet in, battled hard, and pulled off a victory to place themselves in the championship game for their bracket.
SCCS played in the championship game against Palmdale Aerospace Academy. A Heritage league opponent and a team they swept 3-0 only a few days before the start of the tournament. This game would be no different as the Lady Cardinals swept Aerospace 2-0 (25-13, 25-18) and they clinched the Cal City Silver Bracket championship for the second year in a row.
The Cardinals played a well-rounded team game. However, their seniors continue to lead on the court and in the stats column. Aaronya Crosswhite finished the tournament with 41 kills, 14 digs, and 9 aces. Megan Dombrowski finished with 17 kills, 23 digs, and a team-leading 19 aces. Ashley Rens complete the tournament with 38 kills, 15 digs, and 8 Aces.
Some other notable tournament stats:
Courtney Lotz – 14 kills
Austen Hermanson – 23 digs
Paige Clayton – 6 aces
Vanessa Gracia – 6 aces
Senior Megan Dombrowski is proud of her team up to this point of the season, “The team up to this point has definitely stepped up and filled the roles left behind by Kalona (Marr) and Julia (Phillipps).” One thing is clear, this team has chemistry as Megan went on to say, “We all work amazingly well together and there are so many on the team that many of us can fill any role in any situation if necessary.”
The Cardinals suffered a hiccup on Friday night (9/21) as they suffered a 3-1 road loss to the Southlands Christian Eagles. Dombrowski said of Southlands game, “I will give it to Southlands, they are all around a very solid team, but I think we just made too many little mistakes…causing a win to slip through our grasp.” She went on to say they, “I am glad we had the Southlands game…now we know what little mistakes we need to clean up tonight (Saturday, 9/22 game against Trinity).
Moving into Saturday night’s game against Trinity Classical Academy, the Cardinals look to continue their play from the Cal City Tournament. Both teams have a 4-2 record against common opponents. Interesting two of each of the teams 3 losses have occurred against the same opponents, Faith Baptist and Southland’s Christian. The teams traded wins in last year’s matchups. Saturday nights game is poised to be a great matchup between two great, evenly matched teams.
The Lady Cardinals have been encouraging each other and getting each other hyped up leading up to Saturday nights rivalry matchup.
Come out to The Master’s University at 7 pm on Saturday night, 9/22 as they host the Knights and look to jump ahead in league standings. Wear white, Be Loud, and show your Cardinal Pride!
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