Latin Academy and O’Bryant’s girls’ volleyball teams will meet in the city championships for the second straight year on Thursday afternoon, only this time it will be in the championship match.
O’Bryant — which beat Latin Academy in the semifinals last year before losing to English High in the finals — defeated Madison Park, 3-1, in the semifinals at Burke High Wednesday afternoon to advance to Thursday’s championship match.
The championship match will be played at 3:30 p.m. at the Burke.
During the regular season, Latin Academy swept O’Bryant, 3-0, in both meetings.
“I’m sure they are pretty confident they will get a victory tomorrow but I don’t think my girls feel that way, I think they will come to play,” O’Bryant coach Trudy Fisher said during a telephone interview after Wednesday's match. “It’s a friendly rivalry, some of the girls have friends, cousins, relatives on their team, but once we get on the court it will definitely be a challenge for both teams.
"If my kids step it up it will be a good game.”
Latin Academy stepped it up on Wednesday in the final set against Burke.
After winning the first two sets, Latin Academy dropped the second two sets to Burke before coming back to win the final set, 15-1.
Latin Academy senior Kathy Tran served 14 straight winning points in the final set to give the Dragons (16-3) the victory. Latin Academy won the first two sets 25-18, 25-23, before Burke won the next two, 25-23, 25-17.
“What a comeback,” Latin Academy coach Phuong Cao said during a telephone interview. “There was a lot of inconsistent service games [for us].”
The Burke (13-4) was led by senior Cassandra Teneus’s 10 kills.
“They had two tall players,” Cao said. “They just jumped all over the net, that’s how they came back. It was a total team effort; there is no one standout player in the game [for us]. That’s how it was. Hopefully it’s a better game tomorrow.”
O’Bryant (12-5) also showed a human side in its semifinal match on Wednesday. Madison Park won the first set, 25-19, before the Tigers roared back to take the last three sets, 25-21, 25-22 and 25-19.
“I think the moment kind of got to them,” Fisher said. “After that they kind of settled down and played their game.”
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