“Volleyball is emotional,” Lakers coach Stephanie Swearingen said. “It’s a really up and down game. Winning that game really made us come together and we knew we could fight out the match. And it really propelled us in (game) three as well.”
The Comets held a 5-0 lead to start the first game and still led 16-14. Back-to-back Bagley aces eventually put the Lakers up — and they wouldn’t trail again in a 25-21 win.
“The girls walked into this match very determined,” Swearingen said. “You could tell in game one they had some nerves. We missed some serves in game two as well. But we were determined and started to serve tough, started to hit aggressively. And, boy, was that a fun comeback.”
A Leland win would have given the Comets their 10th state finals berth since 1979, when Glass was a player on the school’s first state championship squad.
“I’m proud of the tradition Leland has at the Final Four,” Glass said. “And these (girls) just brought it back to being possible. (It’s) inspiring to the young players at Leland who don’t remember those runs.
“These kids have been able to battle all year long. Right up to that last point, they don’t give up. … We just kept chipping away, one point at a time. They don’t know ‘quit.’ I’m very proud of their resiliency in tough moments.”
Yaakoby led Leland with 11 kills and nine digs, while Whitney Schaub chipped in 11 digs, McKee had 23 assists and seven digs and Heather Burns had five digs. Felicia Whittaker added four kills and a block and Trumbull had seven kills.
“This team has overcome some adversity and challenges on and off the court,” Glass said. “They have battled all year long. This is the closest group of kids, in terms of no drama, no issues.