ST. PETERSBURG — Cambridge coach Dave Wolcott stressed all season the importance of stringing together back-to-back points.
The Lancers heeded their coach's advice at a pivotal moment in Tuesday's Class A, District 9 semifinals against host Keswick Christian.
After splitting the first two games, the Lancers rallied from a huge deficit in the third game and held off match point three times to win 26-24. It was the boost Cambridge needed in a 25-17, 19-25, 26-24, 25-19 victory.
"Our senior leadership came through and helped us not lose the little points that we needed to win," Wolcott said.
Ashley Rubright led the Lancers (16-10) with key passes to help set up teammate Melissa Olsson down the stretch.
"Cambridge's experience showed at the right times and we just didn't have enough to close things out when we needed to," said Crusaders coach Karrmayne King, whose team finished 15-11.
The Lancers will face Canterbury in Thursday's final.
The Crusaders swept Lakeside Christian 25-18, 25-12, 25-19 in the other semifinal.
"We played well in two matches last week, but we didn't come in with the same intensity," Canterbury coach John Milkovich said.
Mansie Hough led the Crusaders (20-5) with 10 kills and eight digs. The Lions dropped to 15-4.