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Canterbury had trampled everything in sight on the road to an undefeated regular season in Class A, District 9.
The only roadblock left for the top-ranked Crusaders to win their fourth straight district title was a victory against No. 2 seed Cambridge in Thursday’s final.
After a close first game, Canterbury settled down to win 25-23, 25-18, 25-18.
“It’s always good to come through and win and gain at least one home match in the playoffs,” Crusaders coach John Milkovich said.
Canterbury’s toughest district match during the regular season came against the Lancers, who took them to four games. On Thursday, Cambridge jumped out to a seven-point lead in the third game before the Crusaders rallied.
“We got down a little, then we started getting our serving and blocking together and stayed focused,” Milkovich said. “We got back into the game, shut down their middle hitters and gained momentum.”
One of the keys for Canterbury was play of Megan Burgess, who controlled the net and led the team in kills and blocks.