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Lady Crusaders rally for road victory

It wasn’t the easy victory coach Cathy Oates expected, but Lady Crusader volleyball came through in the clutch during a Tuesday night road win.
St. John (12-5) lost the first two games against 3A Harvest Christian, but came back strong to win in five games – 21-25, 22-25, 25-21, 30-29 and 15-10.
“We didn’t play our best, but kept battling to pull out the win,” Oates said.
“Harvest is a good defensive team and they found some holes in our defense with some well-placed hits. We made a lot of errors and had several tough calls go against us to make it more difficult than it should’ve been. We didn’t serve well tonight and have to get better in that area.”
Carli Bragg had a huge evening with 24 kills, 35 service points and two blocks, while Samantha Pleiner finished with nine kills, 15 service points and two blocks. Jennifer Maliska had 18 assists and Amy Daigle added nine of her own.
Harvest took the opening game despite the efforts of Bragg (seven kills, nine points) and Pleiner (two kills, four points). St. John also came up just short in game two as Bragg delivered four kills and eight points. Pleiner, Amy Daigle and Hannah Patton each had a kill in game two as well.
To no one’s surprise, the Lady Crusaders turned it around in game three thanks to the efforts of Bragg (five kills, nine points) and Pleiner (two kills, five points).
“Carli and Samantha really had some nice kills tonight,” Oates said.
“If anybody did have a good evening serving for us, it was definitely Carli.”
Questionable calls began to accumulate against St. John by game four as it went point to point until 29-29. With the match on the line, Harvest’s server came up short as St. John forced game five. While Bragg (six kills, nine points) and Pleiner (two kills, two points) continued to deliver in game four, Patton (five points) and McKenzie Trees (four points) also rose to the occasion.
The final game was tight until four service points from Trees put St. John over the top. Pleiner (two kills, four points) finished strong, while Bragg (two) and Trees (one) also had late kills. Leslie Bell could return from injury to make her season debut as early as Thursday in a district road match against Balch Springs.
The junior high Lady Crusaders won their match against Harvest 25-20 and 25-12. Megan Hickman and Lacie Farmer both served well while the former stepped up with three kills.

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