Spartans advance to CIF finals

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It took all five games, but La Cañada girls’ volleyball narrowly defeated Troy, 18-25, 25-19, 26-24, 13-25, 15-11, at home on Tuesday night to advance to the CIF Southern Section Division 2-A finals for the second time in as many years.

Down 8-4 in the final frame, the Spartans charged back against the Warriors, scoring eight consecutive points.  Senior and captain Courtney McCutchan stepped up big time for the Spartans in the fifth game, with seven kills and five of the Spartans’ last six points.  As fierce a game as it was–the Spartans had 60 kills in the game and yet scored fewer points overall–it ended on a back player attack violation, when Troy’s back player stepped closer than 10 feet to the net.

“Oh my God,” exclaimed McCutchan after the game.  “That was amazing.  I couldn’t have asked for a more intense match than that in one of my last home games.”

McCutchan led the Spartans with 21 kills.  Senior Tara Rallis had 25 digs and senior Hayley Woodford had 55 assists.  Freshmen Micaela Anderson had 12 kills and Katie Peirce had eight.

La Cañada (25-6) beat Troy in the playoffs for the second year in a row.  Last year, the Spartans beat Troy in the CIF semifinals, 3-0.

The Spartans will play the winner of Elsinore-La Reina on Friday or Saturday, pending a decision by CIF Wednesday morning, La Cañada Head Coach Brock Turner said.

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Written by Seth Amitin

November 17, 2009 at 9:51 pm

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