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DISTRICT VOLLEYBALL: Inter-City bounced in semifinals by Lutheran South (TOUT VIDEO)

After a comeback victory in the first set, Inter-City Baptist dropped three straight and was knocked out of the Class D District 101 playoffs Thursday night by Lutheran South.

To advance to the semifinal match, the host Chargers had beaten Baptist Park two days earlier, while the Saints had a first-round bye.

South, which is the reigning district champion, quickly rebounded from the opening-set loss Thursday to the Chargers and claimed the match victory (23-25, 25-23, 25-14, 25-20).

With the defeat, the Inter-City season came to an end, while the Saints will play Plymouth Christian Friday night in a quest for another district title for South.

For nearly all of the first set, the Chargers played from behind, as they were down 6-1 early and didnít get their first lead until going up 23-22 late.

Trailing 14-8, Alyssa Saenz scored the first of four consecutive Inter-City points with a big kill that seemed to energize her team. For the night, Saenz led her squad in kills with seven.

Although South was able to grab a 19-13 lead, the locals answered with another four-point run and tightened things up again.

Later, facing a 22-18 deficit, the Chargersí Alexa Krug sparked her team with a kill that led to the squad taking seven of the next eight points scored to win the first set of the night.

Momentum seemed to carry over into the second set for Inter-City, as the team grabbed a 5-1 lead early on, following another Saenz kill, and stayed ahead most of the way. Helping out was the strong play of Makayla Thoune and Ashley Harrison. Thoune ended the night with a team-leading 59 assists, while Harrison was tops in digs, with 31.

However, this time around it was the Saints who came back with a late rally to earn a victory. As play continued on, the Chargers quickly saw a 23-20 advantage turn into a 25-23 defeat courtesy of five unanswered points by South.

The Saints went on to dominate in the third set, quickly breaking an early 2-2 tie and maintaining a big lead the rest of the way. Inter-City did manage four unanswered points, after going down 18-9, but only scored once more and was ultimately handed the 25-14 loss and 2-1 deficit in the match.

In the final set, the Chargers put up a better fight and trailed only 10-9 and 15-12 at different times, but South was able to pull away for the 25-20 set win and the 3-1 match victory.

Helping lead the Saints to the win was Kristi Smrcka with 14 kills and 13 assists, Casey Dutcher with 31 digs and Alexis Starman with 21 digs and eight kills.

The match between South and Plymouth Christian will bet at 6 p.m. Friday at Inter-City.









Last Updated: 11/7/2013 11:56:52 PM EST

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