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Grace Academy spikes CVCS

October 13, 2000

Grace Academy spikes CVCS



By DAN KAUFFMAN / Staff Writer


In a battle of unbeatens, Grace Academy's volleyball team won its biggest match this season by finding its heart and soul in one epic game.

Up 2-1 in games, The No. 7 Lady Knights were put to the test by Cumberland Valley Christian School in Game 4. With nothing less than the heart of a champion, Grace battled all the way to a 15-10, 15-13, 9-15, 16-14 victory that assured it would remain the lone unbeaten team in Washington County.

"I've been looking forward to (this game) since the beginning of the week," Grace's middle hitter Lauren Durbin said. "We knew it was a big game, and that made a lot of difference ... we didn't want them being our only loss."

CVCS did everything it could after losing the first two games to assure Grace's victory celebration would come at a cost. The Blazers jumped to a 7-1 lead in eventually winning Game 3 and held leads of 9-2 and 13-6 in Game 4, as the Lady Knights appeared to lose all momentum.

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Instead of wilting, Grace (12-0) starting chipping away. Susanna Hill's ace made it 13-7. Stephanie Anthony's service point made it 13-8. Then, Heather Kendall's three straight service points, including two aces and a kill from Hill, put Grace in striking range.

"I wasn't thinking about getting aces, I just wanted to get them in," Kendall said.

"Once we started coming back, we got it to 13-11 and that's when it turned," Grace coach Lisa Hill said. "We started thinking we were in it to win it."

Emilee Hussack's kill gave CVCS game point at 14-11, but the Blazers failed to convert on their next four serves. Then on back to back serves, Anthony came up with kills, and the Lady Knights were down just one.

"(Anthony's kills) got everyone excited," Kendall said. "That picked up everybody in the end."

After another CVCS misfire on game point, Anthony finished the game out with three straight service points, the final one ending on a battle at the net that fell in the Blazers' court, and Grace had completed its comeback.

"It always gets me when Lisa talks to us and says that this will show if we want it or not," Kendall said. "Then ... we know we have to show it."

Kendall finished with 27 assists and four aces, while Susanna Hill had 18 kills and Durbin added eight kills and four blocks.

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