Clovis Christian stays alive in five

Dave Wagner

Things weren’t looking too good for Clovis Christian’s volleyball team in Tuesday’s District 2-B tournament match at the CCS gym. Then again, the Lady Eagles had been down this road before.

CCS managed to get the contest into the fifth game, then dominated San Jon to claim a 25-23, 17-25, 22-25, 26-24, 15-3 win over the Lady Coyotes. The third-seeded Lady Eagles visit second seed Grady in a 6 p.m. matchup on Thursday, with that winner playing at top-seeded Elida in Saturday’s championship match.

Clovis Christian (12-8) opened the fifth set by scoring nine points with junior setter Jessica Taylor at the service line. Taylor used her jump-serve for two aces in the run, while senior Kelby Bell collected three of her match-high 19 kills on the first four points.

“Once we got two or three points (in the fifth set), I think they were shaken up,” said Bell, the Lady Eagles’ lone senior. “We just lost our composure (earlier), but we got it together.”

The teams had already played two five-setters during regular-season play, both won by CCS.

Bell said her team has its work cut out on Thursday.

“It’s not going to be easy at all, but I know we can do it,” she said. “If we can take the momentum from the fifth game, we’ll be all right.”

The Lady Coyotes (6-14) overcame a 7-1 deficit at the start of the third set. They got the fourth game to match point, but a service error at 24-23 kept CCS alive.

With junior Kaitlyn Turvaville serving, kills by Bell and sophomore Katlyn Cook evened the match at two sets apiece.

“They fought hard through all of it,” San Jon coach Tyra Davis said of her squad. “They just couldn’t capitalize on that four set.

“When they stepped out for the fifth set, in their minds they’d already lost.”

Turvaville added 14 kills and Cook finished with eight for the Lady Eagles. Taylor had six of the team’s 13 aces.

Senior Lindsey Jennings had nine kills and two aces for San Jon.

“I’m excited we won,” CCS coach Dezra Turvaville said. “We’re ready to go to Grady on Thursday night.

“It was Kelby’s last home (match), and I’m glad she played so well.”