Up two games but trailing 23-20 in the third match, the Fox Creek Lady Predators squad made their coach a happy man.
They reeled off the next five points to win 25-23, finishing a 3-0 sweep at Augusta Prep on Wednesday night.
“To be able to finish and not go another set was huge,” said Fox Creek head coach Clay Bryant. “I’m proud of them for that.”
Fox Creek (3-0) beat Augusta Prep (3-2) 25-17 in the first two games.
The Lady Predators were able to jump out to quick leads in the first two games, forcing the Lady Cavaliers to fight from behind from the start.
“In practice it was a little flat yesterday, so that carried over, kind of a hangover from the three-day weekend,” said Lady Cavaliers head coach Rich Bland, whose squad entered having won its previous two contests.
In game one, the Lady Cavaliers stayed in the contest by winning eight points during Hannah Masiongale’s serves, but were outdone as the Lady Predators won 11 points on serves by Morgan Williams.
Augusta Prep trailed 18-17 before Fox Creek reeled off seven-consecutive points for the win.
The Lady Predators jumped out to a 4-0 lead starting the second game and the Lady Cavaliers would never recover.
“We held our focus very well in the first two games,” Bryant said.
With Fox Creek up 18-16 in game three, the teams engaged in a long rally with excellent defense before the Lady Predators eventually won the point.
The Lady Cavaliers forged ahead 23-20 following kills by Brooke Stevens and Margaret Cavanaugh.
After Williams recorded a kill to get the serve back, she served out the match with the last three points coming on a Kaley Turner kill, a service ace and a Stephanie Bloedel kill.
“The ending was good,” said Bland. “We were up 23-20 and just couldn’t close it out. The thing I was proud about was that they never gave up.”