Battle to the end

syeagle@lsjournal.comSeptember 6, 2013 

Summit Christian Academy faced a tough Pleasant Hill team in the game held Sept. 4 at Pleasant Hill with the Chicks coming out on top 25-10 and 25-20.

“We started out really strong and let up at the end,” Pleasant Hill senior setter Brooke Crotty said. “But it was a good game.”

In the first set, Pleasant Hill got a quick 13-3 advantage before making a couple of forced errors, followed by a Summit Christian Academy kill from sophomore outside hitter Mady Harmon.

Later in the game, with the Chicks ahead at 21-9, the Eagles had three kills hit the net or go out of bounds to give Pleasant Hill points. Summit Christian Academy sophomore right-side hitter Keeli Shearer earned a point with a kill to make the score 24-10, but a push by Pleasant Hill’s Crotty ended the game.

“In the first one, I feel like we started strong and stayed all the way through,” Crotty said. “In the second one, we started off not as strong.”

The second match was much closer as the Eagles began the game with an ace by junior libero Leah Nigh and a kill from senior outside hitter Alyssa Koeller. Summit Christian Academy kept the lead until Pleasant Hill tied the score up at 7-7.

The Eagles gained another lead though with a kill from sophomore middle blocker Elizabeth Stratton and another from Shearer.

But the Chicks fought back to tie up the score at 9-9 and again at 11-11 before taking over an advantage.

Pleasant Hill led 21-15 when Summit Christian Academy’s Harmon and junior setter Savvy Hughes both had kills to make the score 25-17. After a kill from the Chicks, Pleasant Hill had two errors to tighten the gap to 22-19.

Harmon’s next volley went out of bounds, but the Chicks followed with an error to make the score 23-20. Pleasant Hill finished the game with a kill from junior middle hitter Kai Wesemann and from senior outside hitter Codi Winslow.

“We gave them a few points in the end,” Winslow said. “But we finished strong. I thought we did really well.”

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