The Crusader varsity volleyball team won their last regular season match in an exciting four set contest against Ben Lippen finishing the season with 21 wins and only five losses. The teams played even, splitting the first two sets. In the third set, the Crusaders pulled away near the end of the set and carried that momentum forward to the fourth and final set taking an early lead, then finishing the set with excellent play.
Led in kills by the Region Player of the Year, Lauren Reynolds, with 19 and sophomore All Region MH, Reagan Funderburk with 12, along with three block kills, the Crusaders used their fast paced offense to wear down the Falcons. Senior captain Emily Colby was tireless, setting pass after pass to hitters while delivering three kills of her own as an All Region setter. All Region players, junior Alexa Brownell and senior Kailyn Koontz contributed kills and great defensive effort. Brownell from back row and Koontz at the net. All Region libero, Kaitlyn “Big” Banks played with her usual hustle and defensive skill to deliver passes to Colby and added a kill from her back row position.
The SCISA AA Region 2 Champion Crusaders travel to Myrtle Beach Thursday to compete in the SCISA State Tournament with plans to participate in the State Championship next Tuesday.
POTM: Reagan Funderburk and Emily Colby
Box Score: 25-23, 18-25, 25-20, 25-15