Each time that Logan got off to a bad start against Clovis Christian on Thursday night, the team ended up with a loss.
In the fifth game of a District 4-1A tournament contest, Logan never got started at all.
The result was that a tight match ended with a lopsided finale as host Clovis Christian took a 25-19, 9-25, 23-25, 25-17, 15-0 victory.
The Eagles move into the 4-1A tourney championship tonight at Grady and, because Clovis Christian (13-10) can finish no worse than second in district, it will be playing in the 1A state regional round next week as well.
“I think we just realized that this would be the last game we were ever going to have,” said the Eagles 6-foot, 1-inch middle hitter Jennifer Schaap.
Us seniors were like, ‘Come on guys, we’ve got to do it good. We’ve got to keep pushing for it and give our all.’
“We got the momentum on our side and we just went crazy.” she added.
Schaap was the key hitter in Clovis Christian’s victory as the senior racked up a whopping 29 kills as well as adding five blocks.
In the first, fourth and fifth games, Schaap’s kill total escalated as the Eagles jumped out to big early leads.
Led by Tiffany Rachor’s 19 kills, the Longhorns (11-9) bounced back nicely to win game two and three.
The fifth game was disastrous for Logan as Clovis Christian’s Kelby Bell served 15 times for 15 points as the match came to a quick end. Schaap scored six kills and a pair of blocks in the finale.
“Those short games, whoever gets up early — that’s a big factor. Once we went up seven-zero, I think Logan sort of lost its composure,” Clovis Christian coach Max Kralicek said. “They played hard tonight and they played well. And that’s probably the best they played against us.”
The Eagles entered the tournament as the second seed largely thanks to the school being forced to forfeit the last two regular season district matches of the schedule — a slate that included two games past the 20-contest limit.
Logan was coached by Ceil Boatman, who was the longtime Clovis Christian coach before leaving the school after the 2006 season.
“I’m proud of the ladies. I could not be any happier,” Boatman said. “They’ve had a long journey and I’m the sixth coach they’ve had in six years.
They’ve turned the program around and made substantial changes as far as the unity of the team is concerned. It was a successful season.”