SAPULPA — A strong team effort propelled fifth-seeded Summit Christian past fourth-seeded Metro Christian, 25-17, 25-19, 25-22 in Thursday’s Class 3A volleyball quarterfinals at the Chieftain Center.
The Eagles (21-10) will face Holland Hall in the semifinals Friday morning at 9:30 a.m. in Sapulpa. The Dutch (22-15) swept eighth-placed Amber-Pocasset 25-3, 25-12, 25-6.
The other two quarter-finals saw second-placed Rejoice Christian beat seventh-placed Corn Bible Academy 25-4, 25-12, 25-18 and third-placed Crossings knocked out sixth-placed Okay, 25-8, 25-14. 25-13. .
The Eagles (23-13) and Knights (21-13) meet in the second semifinal in Sapulpa on Friday at 11:30 a.m.
Summit Christian got a solid serve from the trio of Charity Genis, Emily Sloat and Eden Florence. Savannah Shubert and Florence also had a few key wins throughout.
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“I think our serve went well and offensively we did a good job as well,” Summit Christian head coach Jessica Hopper said.
The Eagles closed the first set with nine straight points. The last two of them came on Genis’ aces.
Summit Christian never trailed in the second set and there was only one tie at 1-1. Shubert finished the frame with a kill.
The Patriots (16-16) led 2-1 in the third set, but Summit Christian responded with five straight points and stayed ahead from there.
Metro Christian made things a little interesting late, saving six match points thanks to the solid serve of libero Eva Still. The Eagles eventually put him away behind a block from Shubert.
“We tried to play a clean game and earn points for our opponent,” Hopper said. “We are quite young and have a lot of inexperienced players, but they are doing a good job of learning to handle everything.”
The only Eagles senior on their roster is liberto Lily Jo Watson. Meanwhile, the Patriots have no seniors.
Still, fellow junior Annie Koenig and second Elyse White all had great moments during the game and will be a solid core to build around next season.
Holland Hall 3, Ambre-Pocasset 0: The Dutch dominated the first set. Libero Mia Fugate and Ella Mabrey both recorded multiple aces. Kate Hook finished the frame with a kill.
Holland Hall got the first four points of the second set. The Panthers (17-12) rebounded and closed at 7-5.
The Dutch took control from there, starting with a better serve from Mabrey. Macey Collier also recorded several kills in the second half of the set.
Holland Hall then played effectively in the final frame. Molly Summers stood out with good serve. Parker Zahn also had a few kills late in the game.
“Our girls were really excited,” Holland Hall head coach Shelby Swanson said. “The goal was to come out and make a statement. I’m really proud of them. They showed up ready to win and took care of business.
Rejoice Christian 3, Corn Bible Academy 0: The Crusaders (19-14) led 2-1 in the first set, but the Eagles have collected 16 points in a row. McKenna Loshe’s solid serve and Izzy Wilson’s kills started that wave.
Rejoice Christian led wire to wire in the second set. Lexi Henson was solid on both her serve and her passing. Emily Ingraham scored an ace on the set point.
The Eagles took a 10-3 lead in the third set, but Corn Bible fought back to a point a few times.
The last of those came at 16-15, but Rejoice Christian was able to weather that rally and finally put things away. Kasia Hass had a few late eliminations to help seal the deal.
“We worked hard to start and finish strong in all three games,” said Rejoice Christian head coach Sarah Willis. “We did that the first two games and let them come back a bit in the third, but we just tried to stay strong the whole game.”
The Eagles picked up a win off the field and were named Class 3A State Academic Champions for 2022.
“I’m very proud of each of the girls,” Willis said. “They all worked really hard for their grades. Lots of time that gets overlooked, so it was nice that they were honored for their academic achievement.
Crosses Christian 3, Okay 0: The Mustangs (15-16) got the first two points of the game, but the Knights responded with the next five and sat out the rest of the first set.
Crossings Christian started the second set with five straight points. Okay got the next two points, but the Knights came back strong.
The Mustangs were down 22-6, but fought back a bit behind a solid serve from rookie Teagan James late in the period.
Okay never led in the third set, but it was tight for a while. The Knights finally took control with an 8-1 run to go ahead 18-9.
The Mustangs kept fighting thanks to good serve from their only senior Jamie Hurd and solid all-around play from second student Alex Collins.
Christian Summit d. Metro Chretien 3-0 (25-17, 25-19, 25-22)
Holland Hall d. Amber-Pocasset 3-0 (25-3, 25-12, 25-6)
Rejoice Christian d. Corn Bible Academy 3-0 (25-4, 25-12, 25-18)
Crossings Christian d. Good 3-0 (25-8, 25-14, 25-13)
Summit Christian vs. Holland Hall, 9:30 a.m.
Rejoice Christian vs. Crossings Christian, 11:30 a.m.