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Volleyball: Calvary sweeps into state final

SAN ANTONIO — The Calvary Lions gained some sweet revenge Friday afternoon and also secured a berth in today’s TAPPS Class 2A final at Palo Alto College. Calvary, behind a double-double from Cory Grant, rolled to a 25-14, 25-16, 25-19 sweep of the DeSoto Canterbury Episcopal Cougars.

In the previous two years, Canterbury ended Calvary’s season with playoff wins — in the state quarterfinal round in 2010 and in the semifinals in 2011. Friday marked Canterbury’s fourth straight appearance in the final four, and the Cougars won the state championship in 2010 and 2011.

This season, Canterbury had not lost a set through three playoff rounds. But on Friday it was all Calvary.

The Lions now will play for their school’s first state championship when they face Boerne Geneva at 1 p.m. today. Boerne earned its spot in the final with a 25-14, 25-8, 25-13 victory over Conroe Covenant Christian.

“This team has worked hard all season on both their mental game as well as their volleyball skills, and it showed today,” Calvary coach Jennifer Bramlett said of her team.

Grant led the charge for Calvary with 10 digs and a team-high 10 kills. Madeline Mayer had eight kills and Peyton Stewart finished with a team-leading 16 assists. Anna Hollingshead was the team leader with 12 digs and had four service aces, as did Kelly Crow.