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Broadfording rallies to beat Saints in five

October 01, 2008|By JACK HILL III

Broadfording Christian Academy volleyball team bounced back from a two-game deficit to sweep the last three games Tuesday to pull out a 31-33, 23-25, 25-18, 25-15, 15-11 victory over St. James.

The fifth game was a see-saw battle until Broadfording (7-3) ended the match on a Hannah Young kill on a St. James serve to seal the victory.

"We started off very slow," Broadfording Christian coach Joe Cartwright said. "We were very flat. But then we were able to pull it together as a team. We just have to collectively regroup and play better. Our improvement of our attitudes probably turned out to be the difference in the match. The other difference was that we had a little bit more energy starting with the middle of the second game."

Arianna Litten finished with a match-high total of 14 service points, 12 kills, eight digs and six aces for Broadfording. Young collected 20 digs, 15 kills and 13 service points for the Lions.

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Becca Adams contributed 48 assists and five kills, while Danielle DuBois had with 30 digs and four aces; Abbi Worsfold added 17 digs and 12 kills and Maegan Taylor had 11 service points for the Lions.

"I think our setter, Becca Adams, really helped us," Cartwright said. "She was probably our most steady player throughout the entire match."

Callan Spicher got 16 digs and 14 kills for St. James (4-3). Lindsey Gish added 13 assists and 12 service points, while Regena Reyes had 12 kills for the Saints.

"It was a hard-fought match," St. James coach Wendi Smith said. "We dug too big of a hole too many times and we couldn't get out of it against a good team. Our girls are working hard this year and they are surprising a lot of teams. I hope no one overlooks us."

The first game was a marathon before Gish sealed the win for St. James with the final service point.

The Saints were trailing 23-21 in the second game when Spicher strung together four service points and Jordan Wills got a game-ending block to give St. James the win.

In the third game, the Lions scored on a sideout before running off eight straight service points by Litten to build a 9-0 advantage. St. James closed to within 15-11, but Broadfording's Kelli Crider supplied four points to build an eight-point lead.

The Lions were holding a 16-14 lead in the fourth game until Young scored five consecutive service points to increase the advantage to 21-14. DuBois served out the last three points to tie the match for Broadfording.

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