Top-seed FLC sweeps past Elliot Christian
Forest Lake Christian relies on its ability to play well against good opponents.
But against No. 16 Elliot Christian, in Tuesday’s first round of the Sac-Joaquin Section Division V volleyball playoffs, no such measure was required.
“It got to a certain point where we just lost focus; we lost concentration,” Forest Lake Christian setter Kim D’Antonio said. “We can handle so much more than that. We have so much more potential. We rise up to the challenges.”
No. 1 Forest Lake Christian still earned a 25-13, 25-14, 25-16 home win.
D’Antonio’s six kills led the FLC offense. Teresa Reed and Kelsey Andersson each had five kills, and Rebekah Koopmans had four kills and four blocks.
“Against a team like this, we should have tripled that amount of kills,” Falcons coach Travis Smith said.
Forest Lake Christian (17-2 overall, 13-1 Central Valley Christian League) averaged 10 errors a game Tuesday.
While the Falcons’ play wasn’t consistent, glimpses of their potential appeared when it was needed. D’Antonio’s serving was the most frequent example.
In each game, D’Antonio helped FLC pull away from the Eagles (9-11 overall, 9-6 Harvest Christian League). After a 5-2 run by Elliot Christian, which cut the Falcons’ game-one lead to 15-10, D’Antonio served five-straight points to make it 20-10.
In game two, she served four-straight points to go ahead 23-13, and in game three she propelled FLC to a 7-1 lead with six points from service.
D’Antonio finished with 22 service points and three aces, in addition to 17 assists. Torrey Haddad had 18 assists, 11 service points and three aces, and Andersson served 17 points and three aces.
All three of Andersson’s aces came in the third game, when she took over service with a 16-14 lead and didn’t leave until the Falcons were ahead 21-15.
“They may get a run,” D’Antonio said, “but we’ll always run it back.”
The only leads held by the Eagles were in games two and three, on both occasions at 1-0.
Forest Lake Christian will host the second round of the playoffs, at 7 p.m. Thursday, against the winner of Tuesday’s match between No. 8 Victory Christian and No. 9 Bradshaw Christian.
Smith expects Victory Christian to be his team’s next opponent. FLC won each of three matches this season against Victory Christian, by a combined score of 9-0.
“We know what they have, and we know what we need to do to beat them,” Falcons junior Bethany Huusfeldt said of Victory Christian. Huusfeldt finished with three aces Tuesday night.
To contact Sports Writer Jeff Miller, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 477-4247.
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