Huskies win a heart-stopper, advance to volleyball playoff semifinals

Facing two match points and with their season on the line, Mammoth's girls volleyball team rallied late to win, 3-games-to-2, in a heartstopping quarterfinal playoff match against the Santa Clarita Christian Cardinals Saturday evening at Mammoth High School.

With the 25-23, 25-20, 21-25, 20-25, 17-15 victory, the Huskies advance to the semifinals of CIF southern section division 5AA against Pomona Catholic on Tuesday in Pomona.

Having won the first two sets, Mammoth dropped the next two, and fell behind 9-13—just two points away from a Sanata Clarita Chatholic come-from-behind win.

But the Huskies rallied behind the serving of Amanda Kirkeby and Hailey Saunders to create a tie at 13 apiece. The Cardinals twice had match points, at 14-13 and 15-14, but at the end, the Huskies prevailed, sending the sold-out crowd into a screechng frenzy.

"There are really no words to describe how I feel abut this team," said Mamoth Head Coach John Morris.

"They continue to amaze me."

Stellar performances were turned in by middle blocker/hitters Callie Mowat and Kelly Berger, who combined for 23 kills and more than 40 blocks.

Libero Kira Shultz finished 23 digs on defense and did excellent passing all match. Outside hitter Kirkeby had eight kills and two aces, while setter Cassidy Morris, who ran every play of the match without a break, dealt 34 assists.