Cru­saders sweep past Car­roll

North Penn Life - - Sports - By Matt Chandik mchandik@jour­nal­reg­is­ter. com

It didn’t mat­ter whether it was a Lans­dale Catholic player or coach speak­ing. The words stayed the same.

Those words, not so coin­ci­den­tally, matched the ones em­bla­zoned at the bot­tom of their black warmup shirts, a per­ma­nent re­minder of the his­tory the Cru­saders set out to make when they took on de­fend­ing league cham­pion Arch­bishop Car­roll in D CDWKROLF LHDguH VHPLfinDO Thurs­day night. Step Up. Step up to make school his­tory by mak­ing it to the 3CL finDO IRU WKH fiUVW WLPH. Step up as a nod to all of the pre­vi­ous teams that fell short in their quest to beat this edition to that morsel of his­tory. Step up to give them­selves a chance at win­ning the CathROLF LHDguH IRU WKH fiUVW WLPH.

6WHS uS, LC GLG. BuRyHG by 11 NLOOV IURP BUynnH 7Dy­lor and 11 digs and 10 kills from Ali­cia Kradzin­ski, the No. 2 Cru­saders swept away the No. 3 Pa­tri­ots, 3-0, by scores of 25-14, 25-21 and 25-22, to book their ticket to 6unGDy nLgKW’V finDO DgDLnVW No. 1 Car­di­nal l’Hara, a 3-0 win­ner over No. 4 Arch­bishop Wood.

“,W’V UHDOOy gUHDW,” 7Dy­lor said. “lur team worked so hard to get here, and we SuOOHG WKURugK.”

Pulled through might be an un­der­state­ment. The Cru­saders dom­i­nated from the be­gin­ning, us­ing their size dis­par­ity to bully around the smaller Pa­tri­ots. Tay­lor, the run­nerup in PCL MVP vot­ing, was a big rea­son why. The 11 kills alone rep­re­sented a solid night, but it was the fact that LC went to her ev­ery time it needed a

big point that made them all the more im­pres­sive. Tay­lor knew that if she wanted to help the Cru­saders make KLVWRUy, VKH’G KDYH WR SODy D PDMRU UROH.

“I GH­fiQLWHOy WRRk WKDW DV DQ DGYDQWDgH,” TDyORU said. “We all called each other and let each other know that we were look­ing for each other. I think the height ad­van­tage helped a lot (Thurs­day). We had a ORW RI FRQ­fiGHQFH FRPLQg RuW DQG wH wHUH MuVW UHlaxed. We didn’t have any SUHVVuUH LQ WKLV gDPH, (CDUroll) had all the pres­sure. We’ve never been to the PCL cham­pi­onships and ev­ery­thing was on the line IRU WKHP WR gR.”

Kerry Duggan’s seven kills rounded out LC’s GLYHUVH RIIHQVLYH DWWDFk, while bllie Green­halgh paired eight digs with three aces.

2Q WKH RWKHU KDQG, WKLV was a far cry from the ex­pe­ri­enced Pa­tri­ots team that claimed the league cham­pi­onship a year ago when it knocked off l’Hara. With only two VHQLRUV, CDUUROO’V ODFk of ex­pe­ri­ence showed a OLWWOH ELW, EuW WKH 3DWULRWV also showed off plenty of rea­sons why they’ll be a con­tender again next year. Sopho­more Sarah Lay­field was her usual su­perb self with nine kills DQG 11 GLgV, wKLOH ( PLOy 0FCDQQ KDG 12 DVVLVWV, VLx kkLOOV DQG VLx GLgV, EuW Car­roll could never put to­gether a con­sis­tent string of points to chip away at the Cru­saders’ leads.

“WH MuVW wHUHQ’W RQ RuU WRHV,” 6DP CRQERy VDLG. “We didn’t have the en­ergy. I think ev­ery­one was thinkLQg WRR PuFK DQG wH MuVW wHUH DOO QHUYRuV, DQG wH MuVW GLGQ’W SODy RuU gDPH.”

LDy­fiHOG, wKR PLgKW KDYH been the third-best player on the Pa­tri­ots as a fresh­man when they made it to the state tour­na­ment be­hind AOO-DHOFR’V 0DULQD 6KDUkHy DQG 5DFKHO 3HDUVRQ, LV a big rea­son why Pa­tri­ots coach Tim Storti can start imag­in­ing what he has in the fu­ture. Her court In and ath­leti­cism helped Car­roll keep things in­ter­est­ing for D wKLOH, DQG VKH’OO EH SDUW of the foun­da­tion of a team that can build upon its loss.

“I think it’s a good HxSHULHQFH,”LDyILHOG VDLG. “WH DOO gRW WR SODy, we all got to learn. We RQOy ORVH WwR VHQLRUV, VR we have al­most the same team. This is prac­tice for WKH QHxW yHDU.”

North Penn’s Kyle May­field is wrapped up by Pen­nridge’s Kyle Bigam for no gain dur­ing Fri­day’s Subur­ban One Con­ti­nen­tal Con­fer­ence ac­tion at Poppy Yoder Field.

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