FORT MYERS — A pair of hitting stars were the headliners, but the supporting cast made the difference Tuesday night for Northside Christian.
Standout senior Callie Hasko excelled as usual, but sophomore Jennica Mullins and juniors Katie Traina and Tiffany Boyer contributed in a big way as the Mustangs swept Canterbury 25-21, 25-15, 25-18 in a Region 2A-3 semifinal.
Hasko and Cougars junior Christina Carracino matched each other kill for kill, Hasko finishing with 21 to Carracino's 20. But Mullins added seven kills, Traina chipped in six aces and Boyer had 20 digs to complete an all-around effort for Northside. By contrast, Carracino's teammates combined for seven kills.
"My team's awesome," said Hasko. "They're behind me 100 percent, and it's all 13 of us. It's not just the five who are on the court with me — it's all of us. We're one team."
Northside Christian (23-6) showed that from the outset, jumping on Canterbury's early errors to take a hard-fought first game in which it never trailed. The Cougars (22-6) took early leads in the second and third games, but the Mustangs answered.
"We wanted this so bad," Hasko said. "The second we got on the bus, we were ready to go. We've been focused all day."