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ST. PETERSBURG — Canterbury has never advanced past the region semifinals. With a 25-23, 25-21, 25-13 sweep of Sarasota Christian on Wednesday, the Crusaders are one step closer to achieving their goal.
“This is the farthest our school has ever gone,” junior Mansie Hough said. “We really want to win it bad.”
The Crusaders struggled early in the first game as the Blazers jumped out to a 4-1 lead. On the serve of Sarah Fleming the Crusaders regained control of the game. The Blazers wouldn’t go away and capitalized on hitting errors by Canterbury to take a 23-21 lead. A kill by Megan Burgess and two aces by Hough tied the game and another ace by Hough closed it out.
“I think it was a lack of focus,” Hough said. “We came together and had to reset our minds.”
“We took the first game too lightly,” Burgess said. “We thought it was going to be easy.”
The Crusaders flexed their muscles in the second and third games. Canterbury never trailed in the second game and after briefly falling behind in the third, Burgess, Hough, Fleming and Alexis Conway left no mystery about the outcome.
“We’re going to have to play really hard from the start,” Burgess said of the upcoming game against Cambridge. “We want to make history.”