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The Intelligencer Report: CB South outlasts CB East

SOL Continental girls volleyball: Central Bucks South 3, Central Bucks East 2CB South outlasts CB East

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Posted: Thursday, October 17, 2013 12:00 am  Updated: 6:18 am, Thu Oct 17, 2013.

WARRINGTON — A marathon match against a longtime rival ended in tears of joy and bittersweetness for Central Bucks South senior girls volleyball players.

With payback on their minds after a loss to Central Bucks East earlier this season, the Titans endured five high-scoring sets to defend their home with a 3-2 win Wednesday night.

It took set scores of 21-25, 25-11, 18-25, 25-23 and 15-13 to topple the Suburban One League Continental Conference champions.

Titans senior Cecilia Miller shared a hug with fellow senior Madi Conroy and tears flowed freely amid a joyous celebration in front of cheering home fans.

The exhausted players needed a pair of late comebacks in the final two sets of the match to win, and said they used the looming end of a volleyball career to fuel their drive for one last home-court victory.

“We just all came together,” said Conroy, who led South with 29 assists in the match. “The tears were happy tears because we beat East, but at the same time, it was our last home game of the season, so it was a great way to finish it off.”

Miller attributed the late-game energy to the fans’ crescendo.

“We’ve always said that our team is two different teams when we have our energy and when we don’t,” said Miller, who gathered 12 kills, six aces and six digs. “When we have it, I feel like we’re unstoppable, and I think that really helped us that last game.”

South (11-5 overall, 9-3 SOL) was two points from defeat in the final set with the Patriots (13-4, 10-2 SOL) serving up 13-10. But with junior libero Larissa Keer on the service line, the Titans churned out a 5-0 run, thanks to a trio of points from Jax Babezki (13 kills, two blocks), a Taylor Danilowicz kill and a Keer ace.

South needed a similar run in the fourth set down 20-17. An 8-3 run did the trick.

“I said to the girls, ‘This is your home court,’” Titans coach Ulana Keer said. “And Jax said, ‘Think about the four years of pushups in the gym. Think about the situps we did.’ We were just recollecting all the hard work we put into this.”

On the East side, the post-game message wasn’t much different.

Having already sealed the conference title, Patriots coach Scott Geller managed to coax smiles out of his team after an arduous battle.

“I told the girls, in life, our eyes are in front because we look forward — we don’t dwell on anything that happened behind us,” Geller said. “I told my girls we’re a winner either way.

“We’re striving in the right direction. We took home the conference title. We showed heart and we showed drive.”

East setter Lauren Helveston served up four aces and spread around 51 assists in the match. Bridget Terrel led with 15 kills, while Rachel Clow added 13 and Hannah Lunak 11.