Leading 11-10 in the first set of Monday’s 5A South Region quarterfinal match against Menchville, the Princess Anne boys volleyball team looked out of sync on their home court.
Cavaliers coach Jeff Kinser looked unhappy and called a timeout.
“We were just trying to get them focused strong about today,” Kinser said. “Today’s game was most important. If we don’t win, we’re out of the possibility of the state championship.”
The two-time defending 5A state champions know all too well how important each game is in pursuit of a title run. They adjusted in a big way.
Princess Anne closed out the first set on a 14-3 run en route to a 3-0 win (25-13, 25-13, 25-11). The victory clinched a berth in the state tournament for the Cavaliers.
Senior setter Courtland Scharenborg (36 assists) quarterbacked an offense in which 11 players had at least one kill. Scharenborg’s go-to finisher and longtime pal Chase Howard finished with a team-high 14 kills.
“As long as those two are consistent, we should be doing pretty well,” Kinser said after the game.
The Cavaliers will face Maury in the region semifinals at 5 p.m. on Tuesday at Princess Anne High. The two clubs also met in the Atlantic Conference tournament final, which Princess Anne won 3-2.
“It’s always a good game,” Kinser said of the matchup. “They’re well coached and play tough.”
The winner of that match will host a state semifinal game next week.