The final nail just wouldn't go in.
Keswick Christian found itself within three points of victory in both games two and three, but couldn't finish off Bayshore Christian either time. The end result: an 8-15, 15-12, 15-12 Bayshore Christian win in the regional quarterfinals.
"Keeping them focused, that's been our challenge," said Bayshore Christian (23-5) head coach Melanie Humenansky, whose Faith Warriors dropped a pair of two-game matches to the Crusaders during the season.
"They've got the skills, but I can't let them get down because it's tough to get them back up." That's why, after game one, things looked ominous for Bayshore.
A Kristin Sander kill appeared to give the Faith Warriors a 7-6 lead, but they were whistled for a back-row attack, negating the point. Two straight Lindsey Kruis kills in response gave Keswick (18-13) an 8-6 lead it wouldn't lose.
Games 2 and 3 were tight, although Keswick had its chances.
Three aces by Bayshore's Rachel Rowley brought the Faith Warriors back from a 12-10 deficit in Game 3. An Ashley Cramer kill (she dominated Games 2 and 3, picking up 24 kills on the match), followed by a net foul earned Bayshore the victory.