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Senior Grace Davis notches trio of aces, interrupted by gym-clearing fire alarm, to seal sweep

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Corbett volleyball won 3-0 over Banks Thursday evening, Sept. 22. As a red-hot Corbett volleyball was cruising toward a closeout sweep of one of the top teams in the conference, a fire alarm forced an unexpected delay.

While the fans and teams filed toward the exits to wait 15 minutes in the parking lot, the Cardinals huddled around senior Grace Davis. She had been serving prior to the delay, launching a fiery ace to knot the score 22-22 in Set 3 against visiting Banks. And with the sweep on the line, the Corbett veteran kept her cool.

"I just had this mentality that I could not go back on the court and miss that serve," Davis said. "I had to do it for my team.

"We really put everything out there tonight," she added.

With crisis averted — a false alarm — Davis smoked the Braves with a pair of well-placed aces that left the defense falling over itself in confusion for the 3-0 (25-17, 25-11, 25-22) victory.

"I'm very happy, that is a really talented Banks team," said Coach Angela Davis.

PMG PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Cardinal sophomore Taylor Young rockets a kill over the net in the victory. Earlier this season, Corbett (7-3, 4-1 League) may have let the adversity derail their efforts, letting Banks (5-4, 3-2 League) creep back into the contest. The Cardinals have struggled on the road — all three of their losses away from the friendly confines of the gorge — and have lost momentum in games.

"We have been talking about being a consistent team all season," Coach Davis said. "We have to play every point and stay focused."

Leading the way statistically was a pair of sophomores — outside hitter Sammi Blume had a team-high 7 aces and 7 kills; while middle blocker Taylor Young had a trio of aces and 7 kills of her own, including five in the final frame. But what powered Corbett was its balanced attack, with girls scoring points across the court thanks to smart setting.

To close out the first set, towering sophomore Ursula Harrington was a menace at the net, blocking three-straight to get the Cardinals on the right footing. And the second set was a runaway for the home team thanks to an 8-0 run.

The Braves took their first lead of the night 15-14 midway through the third set, and looked poised for a comeback after a wild rally pushed the lead 20-18. But some mental errors from Banks opened the door, and then Davis stepped up to serve and seal the deal.

Adding to the festivities were stands packed with a contingent of fifth through eighth grade volleyball players.

"We are a small school, all on one campus, so we want them to experience volleyball at the highest level and continue to build this program," Davis said.

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