Adair Village — At the Santiam Christian Tournament on Saturday, #4 Salem Academy squared off with Horizon Christian in the third place matchup. Earlier in the day, Salem Academy fell to #1 Santiam Christian in a five set battle and Horizon Christian lost to #10 Cascade Christian in four sets.
Salem Academy Breezes Through The First Set
Coming off the loss to #1 Santiam Christian, the Crusaders came out firing against Horizon Christian, opening up a quick 5-1 lead. The Crusaders held a 9-2 advantage when they went on a 7-2 run that gave them a massive 16-4 lead. Down big, Horizon Christian went on a 10-5 run that cut the Salem Academy lead to 21-14. However, the Crusaders were simply too much as they took set one 25-17.
Horizon Christian Fights #4 Salem Academy To The End
Salem Academy kicked off the second set leading 5-0, setting a tone for another blowout set victory. Horizon Christian wouldn’t go down quietly, with the Hawks fighting back in a 9-5 Crusader advantage. After Salem Academy extended it to 15-8, Horizon Christian battled the deficit and cut it back down to 18-13. Down 22-18 later in the set, the Hawks made it a 24-23 game, but Salem Academy closed it out 25-23 to take a 2-0 match lead.
In the third set, Horizon Christian got out to a 5-4 lead on Salem Academy early on. The Crusaders went on a 4-0 run to take the lead 8-5, but the Hawks would tie it up at 10. Horizon Christian continued their run and retook the lead 13-10, holding it throughout the set all the way to the 20-19 mark. Late in the third set, the Salem Academy overcame the Hawks and took a late 23-22 lead. Up 24-22, the Crusaders let the Hawks come back and tie it at 24 all, forcing extra points. After getting the go ahead point, Hannah Warde finished off Horizon Christian with a game winning spike as #4 Salem Academy swept Horizon Christian 25-17, 25-23, 26-24.
Talking It Over With Head Coaches Melissa Holman And Jay Lazaro
With #4 Salem Academy taking third place at the Santiam Christian Tournament, Salem Academy’s Melissa Holman and Horizon Christian’s Jay Lazaro talked about their respective squads performances on Saturday.
Coach Lazero On Horizon Christian’s Team Mentality, “The one thing we do is we do it all together. If we lose, we’re going to lose together, and it doesn’t matter whether we win or lose, we are doing it as a team. Wherever they go, they’re still a team and thats first and foremost.”
Coach Holman On Salem Academy’s Performance, “Thats the best they’ve ever played. Against Santiam Christian, they were the underdogs and they rose to the challenge. I think they surprised themselves on how well they played.”
Coach Lazero on his team potential, “They’re capable of beating the teams we played today with everyone healthy and back together playing. I think we will be competitive when playing top teams in our conference, we just need to tweak a few things, push a little bit harder, and get back to where we were.”
Coach Holman on making a run for the PacWest Conference title, “Its going to come down to who shows up and plays the best. In the PacWest, I think we have the majority of the Top 16 teams, so I think it’ll come down to what teams show up, which girls talk better, serve better, receive better.”