Class a Cambridge wins with finesse, not force
ST. PETERSBURG — Cambridge Christian proved Tuesday night you don't have to hit a volleyball hard to win points.
The perfect example was sophomore Olivia Yeager, who earned 11 points off kills, two points off blocks, five points off finesse returns and had an ace. She led the Lancers (18-11) to a 25-20, 25-21, 25-19 victory over Canterbury (23-6) in the region semifinals.
"I am so proud of our team," Yeager said. "We had some really good passes today. We try to play smart instead of just slamming it."
Call it a dink, a dunk or a perfectly placed return, Cambridge used that type of shot to keep Canterbury off balance and scored on eight of those shots. The Lancers also scored on 21 team kills and eight aces.
Canterbury, which played in its first region semifinal in school history, led 2-0 in the second game. It was the only time all night the Crusaders had the lead.
"In the district final we played very clean, passed the ball very well and played great defense," said Canterbury coach John Milkovich. "Tonight we didn't. We had errors. They made us make errors. Their kids played very well and deserved to win."
Amber Rubright had six aces for the Lancers. Mansie Hough had nine kills and three aces for the Crusaders.
Doug Kates, Times correspondent