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Canterbury traveled to West Palm Beach on Friday, warmed up in a rec center Saturday morning, then showed up in the afternoon ready to play.
As a result, it’s headed for Lakeland next week.
The Crusaders beat Summit Christian in straight sets in a Class A region championship, rolling 25-19, 28-26, 25-20.
“It was surprising (to win in three sets),” said Canterbury coach John Milkovich. “When you get to that stage of the state tournament, you think every match is going to go five.
“But we went out and did what we needed to do.”
The Crusaders were missing a starter, but Jennifer Crosthwaite filled in and the rest of the team did what it’s been doing all season — dig, pass, set, kill.
“We played really well in the backcourt,” Milkovich said. “We dug up everything. And then when we needed to, we buried the ball.”
The Crusaders (27-6) staved off three set points in Game 2, and after a Megan Burgess ace turned the tables on Summit Christian (19-9) and set up Canterbury’s set point, Mansie Hough finished it off with a kill.
Hough had a huge match, finishing with 18 kills, 16 digs and five aces. Burgess added 12 kills.
“They were pretty excited afterwards; I had to plug my ears,” Milkovich said.
“It’s a big thing. We had never won even a regional semifinal, and now to win a region championship and go to the final four, that’s huge for Canterbury.”