Cumberland Valley Christian

Blazer girls edge Faith to advance to MDCC finals

MARTINSBURG, W. Va. – The Cumberland Valley Christian Blazers advanced to the Mason-Dixon Christian Conference girls volleyball finals by defeating Faith Christian 3-2 on Thursday.

The third-seeded Blazers (11-5) will travel to Calvary Christian to face the top-seeded Eagles Friday evening. Calvary defeated Shalom Christian 3-1 in Thursday’s other semifinal.

The Blazers started hot, winning the first two games by scores of 25-18 and 25-7. Faith came back to claim 25-14 and 25-23 victories, setting up the decisive fifth set. In a back-and-forth tussle, the Blazers came away with a 16-14 victory.

“This was a very intense match,” Blazers coach Carole Rosenberry said. “The girls fought hard for the win. Our serving was exceptional tonight with only two missed serves.”

Emilee Beam led the Blazers in kills with 27. Morgan Householder added 13, Kendra Bard and Regan Bard had three each and Niki Schussler contributed two.

In assists, Regan Bard led with 41 and Maddie Eberly had six. Sarah Vandersleen added two blocks.

Ryleigh Timmons led with 40 digs, Householder had 27, Beam 13 and Eberly and Schussler five each. Eberly led with four aces.

In the title game Friday, the Blazers will face a Calvary team that defeated them twice during the regular season, 3-0 and 3-1.