There were several long volleys that Fenwick refused to give up on, especially an extended battle eventually won in the second game for a 14-10 advantage. Plays like that seemed to break Weston’s will. After winning that particular point, the Crusaders outscored the Wildcats 11-5 to put Weston on the brink of elimination.
Gianna Pizzano, Olivia Morsey and Jen Crovo never gave up on a ball and that effort seemed to be infectious for the Crusaders.
Pizzano and Morsey each finished with 21 digs.
“(Gianna) is playing hurt,” DeBaggis said. “One thing about our team, we’ll never be accused of not having heart. Jen Crovo will dive into the stands for one point; it’s crazy. It’s unbelievable how good they’ve played on defense. Some of the plays we made I’ve never seen in my life. I was proud of that.”
Weston came out quickly in the third game, opening a 4-1 lead. Fenwick showed its resiliency, however, and quickly overtook the Wildcats.
Senior Kate Lipka had three kills down the stretch and officially put Weston away with a block for the 25th point.
Lipka ended up with 14 kills to lead the Crusaders while Crovo added six and Pizzano chipped in with four. Tessa McLaughlin had 24 assists for Fenwick and Madison Camelo and Melissa MacKenzie played well.
“I’m not a heavily religious person, but this is a gift from God getting a chance for redemption (against Weston). We couldn’t ask for much more than that,” DeBaggis said. “We knew they were good, too. We don’t want to play teams that are bad and just get (to the North final). We want to earn it. We want to raise a trophy and feel good about it.”