Lady Heralds sweep their way into quarterfinals
by Jeremiah Girard
La Habra Journal
The Whittier Christian Heralds’ volleyball team advanced to the third round of the CIF-SS Division 2A playoffs with a sweep of the Burbank Bulldogs (25-12, 25-19, 25-23).
Before the game even started, the Heralds stole the show. Captain Jennifer Washle and senior Meghan Buchanan sang the National Anthem.
The energy carried over into the start of the match. Whittier Christian came out firing on all cylinders. The other captain, Kylee Wolfe had five of her team-high nine kills in the first game. Washle had 10 assists in the game and added two kills of her own. Deanna Blaine had four of her eight kills in the game, and also added 10 digs.
“I am very happy with the way we came out in the first game,” said Wolfe. “We did not come out with very much intensity last time and we knew we had to today.”
The Heralds continued their good play throughout the whole match, but the Bulldogs stepped up their play and began to put some pressure back on WCHS. The second match was close throughout, and neither team ever led by more than five points.
The third game was even closer. Burbank gave the Heralds all that they could handle. The Bulldogs led for most of the match but the Heralds came back and tied it at 15-15 and never looked back.
Whittier Christian had a 24-23 lead in the third game, when Washle set up Kylie Cooke for the match-clinching kill. Cooke stepped up for the Heralds in the third when Wolfe and Deanna Blaine were on the bench. She had seven kills on the night.
Washle continued her great play from round one and tallied 31 assists for Whittier Christian. She also added two kills and two blocks.
“I thought we played well for the whole game,” Wolfe said. “They also played a good game, and forced us to compete.”
The Heralds were without senior libero, Nicole Santos, for the second consecutive match with a shoulder injury. Sophomore, Molly Patapoff got the start for the second match in a row. However, after the first set she was replaced by fellow sophomore Delaney Harris.
“We just wanted to try some different looks,” said head coach Shawn Hunter. “Nicole is going to go full speed in practice tomorrow and we will see if she is ready to go on Saturday.”
It did not take long for Whittier Christian to figure out what is next for them. Immediately after the game ended, it was announced that they would be hosting Cypress, Saturday, at 7 p.m.
“They are not a team that we have seen this year,” Hunter said. “We do not know too much about them, but the ball falls on our side of the court anyways. We cannot control what they do. All we can do is play our game.”
The match will be the third home match in a row for the Heralds to start the playoffs.
“It is really great that we keep getting home games,” Wolfe said. “Our fans are awesome and it helps a lot to have that advantage.”