“They’ve played us well every single time we play them. I just think we came to play tonight,” said Lipka. “We played amazing volleyball. Every girl did exactly what their job is.”
McLaughlin once had 50 assists in a maximum five-game match, so to get 41 in just three games illustrates just how in sync the Crusaders were. “I know I can trust all of our hitters,” said McLaughlin.
That trust in each other will be there in Thursday’s state semifinal. The Crusaders have gotten this far because they have the mental acumen to go with the physical skills.
“I can’t put into words the leadership we have on this team,” said DeBaggis. “These kids are as mature as any adults I know. I’m still in disbelief at what just happened. I won’t wipe this smile off my face until I have to. (Today, when they resume practice), I have to.”