Girls Volleyball: Sectional host Harvest Christian Academy advances to finalHarvest Christian's Chloe Corbett (right) slams the ball over Chicagoland Jewish's Zoe Goldhirsh (1) as teammate libero Jade Martinez looks on Tuesday. | Jon Cunningham~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 30, 2012 10:26PM
After a trip to the state quarterfinals last season, Harvest Christian Academy appears eager to make an even deeper postseason run this season.
In Tuesday’s sectional semifinals, the host Lions routed Chicagoland Jewish 25-6, 25-3 advancing to the sectional championship match on Thursday against Morgan Park Academy, a team Harvest Christian beat easily earlier in the year.
“We are so mentally focused right now,” Harvest coach Kim Floyd said. “And I think we are a much better team in a lot of ways than we were a year ago. We have better serve placement, better blocking, better court coverage. Not to mention a lot more experience and the girls are playing very relaxed and confident.”
The serve placement that coach Floyd mentioned was certainly on display Tuesday. The Lions had 22 aces in the match. Katelyn Floyd and Chloe Corbett had seven aces apiece to lead the team. Junior Sydney Doby had six aces during a 12-0 run in Game 1 that put the Lions up 19-2.
“I was just making sure I was getting it over the net and looking for the open zones,” said Doby. “We just came out and did what we had to do to move on. We want to keep proving that we can do what we did last year and even more.”
Harvest Christian (30-5) trailed 2-0 in Game 2, but then scored 12 straight points and only allowed one more point the rest of the way. Corbett served the final 12 points, including five aces. Corbett is enjoying her first postseason run after transferring from a private school in Lake Zurich that did not have a volleyball program.
“This has been really great,” said Corbett. “The crowd and the atmosphere is amazing. And it’s really great to be a part of this team because everyone is so close.”
Jordan Sollars had eight kills to lead the Lions. Doby added five kills. Floyd finished with 16 assists and Shayna Manusos had a team-high eight digs.