It took three matches, but in the end Summit Christian Academy came out on top 27-25, 25-22, 25-23 in the match against Notre Dame de Sion held Oct. 21 at Summit Christian Academy.
It was senior night for the Eagles and the two seniors, Madison Miller and Alyssa Koeller worked to lead their team to a tough, well-earned victory.
“We did really well,” Miller said. “We switched our whole line-up up to try something new. It made us talk a lot more and work together a lot which made us keep the ball in play. That really helped us.”
In the first game, Notre Dame de Sion got off to a quick 11-4 advantage before the Eagles started to battle back. Summit Christian Academy knotted the score at 13-13 and again later at 21-21.
The Eagles got ahead then with a tip from junior Savvy Hughes and an ace from Miller. The Storm followed with a kill, but served the next ball out of bounds to keep the Eagles ahead 24-22.
Then Notre Dame de Sion earned three kills in a row to take over a 25-24 lead. They served the ball out of bounds, but blocked an attack and got a kill to win the game 27-25.
In the second game, the Storm started things off with a lead again, but the Eagles fought to tie things up at 12-12. The score stayed close then and with it knotted at 21-21, Notre Dame de Sion took a lead with a kill. The Eagles came back with two kills in a row by Miller, then one from Hughes and sophomore Mady Harmon to win the game.
In the third game, Summit Christian Academy started out with a lead and was ahead 17-11. The Eagles kept the lead until Notre Dame de Sion tightened the gap to 21-20.
After a Storm kill that went out of bounds, and another Notre Dame de Sion return that was over the line, Summit Christian Academy led 23-20. But the Storm responded with two kills in a row, plus an ace to knot the score at 23-23.
Notre Dame de Sion had two errors to end the game in the Eagles’ favor.
“It’s amazing,” Miller said. “I’m really pleased with all my teammates and all the hard work they did. We just worked together really well to accomplish that.”
Summit Christian Academy is the No. 1 seed in the Class 2, District 15 tournament that started next week. The Eagles host the district and have a bye in the first round. They will play the winner of the University Academy Charter and African Centered College Preparatory game in semifinals at 5 p.m. Oct. 29.
“We are really pumped,” Miller said. “We are getting ready. We are going to have a week of practice to get ready for districts and see what that holds.”
“We want to win districts and move on to sectionals,” she added. “We are just going to take it one game at a time.”