Class A, district 9
Canterbury tested but holds off Lakeside
LAND O'LAKES — Canterbury (17-8) repeated as Class A, District 9 champions and swept upset-minded Lakeside Christian 25-21, 25-17, 25-13.
The Lions (10-11) came out strong in the first set, giving the Crusaders fits. Canterbury held steady and snatched the first set. The Crusaders settled in during the next two sets, winning them more easily.
The Crusaders were led by senior Macey Hall (two digs, seven kills) and freshmen Megan Burgess (three digs, five kills) and Mansie Hough (10 digs, nine kills).
"They were a little nervous," Crusaders coach John Milkovich said. "We didn't execute the way we wanted to, but they stuck with it and were able to come out with a win.
"The girls stepped up tonight and played well. We started to settle in and I was happy with how they responded after the first set."
Lakeside Christian coach Becky McCarthy spoke about optimism for the playoffs and next year's chances at having another strong year.
"They are a really young team and if we can continue to play well, we could become a really good squad and make some noise in the playoffs."
The Lions were led by sophomores Hannah Ray (two kills, one ace) and Danielle Mostart (four blocks).
Andy Villamarzo, Times correspondent