Sacred Heart cruised past Pisgah in the first round of the 2A volleyball playoffs on Tuesday night.
The Crusaders swept the Dragons 25-15, 25-15, 25-16 to extend their record to a program-best of 23 wins on the season. Sacred Heart’s 23-3 mark stands as the best in all of 2A.
Sacred Heart did not have too much work as Pisgah (11-8) committed regular errors throughout the night.
“I know the score says 3-0 but (Pisgah) played very good,” said Sacred Heart coach Kerry Geroux, who earned his 100th win with the program last week. “They made us work because they played very hard. They are really good team. We had no idea what they would bring. I didn’t get to see any film on them. Last year was different because we saw them. They are a really solid team.”
However, in the third set, the Dragons managed to take a 3-point lead, which was their largest of the night. At that point of the match, it was simply of reflection what the Crusaders’ biggest opponent could be in the playoffs, which is themselves. In those instances, Sacred Heart made several passing and hitting errors.
While Geroux agrees that the biggest obstacle for his team is their own mistakes, he also credits their maturity for getting out of troubled spots.
“We would get a good set, and then it would end up in the net,” Geroux said. “It was just some funny play. We have good passing and good sets. We just have to put the ball away.
“When (we) got ahead a few times, they just relaxed. I never had to call timeout because I don’t have to say much because the girls know what’s going on. They are just solid. All the girls were in the right position. They just played like they know how to play.”
In the first set, Sacred Heart briefly trailed 7-6, but after reclaiming the lead at 12-8, the Crusaders went on a 10-0 run to secure the first set 25-14.
Sacred Heart continued to roll in the second set, but Pisgah managed to stay within three points at 17-14. From there, the Crusaders pulled together an 8-1 run to take the set 25-15.
The Dragons jumped out to a 12-9 lead until Elizabeth Casey came up with a pair of kills that helped Sacred Heart retake the lead at 14-13. From there, the Crusaders took control and closed the night on an 11-2 run. Casey led Sacred Heart with six kills and four blocks, while Julia Farris recorded five kills.
As a team, Sacred Heart committed just four services errors and came up with nine aces.
“We had a great night serving,” Geroux said. “I think we had only four service errors the whole night. We had really good hitting. We have to pay attention to our touches since we made contact both ways. We finished the regular season where we did, and now we need to finish the rest of the year.”
The Crusaders will go on the road to face Lake (17-7) for the second round of the playoffs on Thursday at 6 p.m.