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LITTLE 4 VOLLEYBALL — Crusaders, Warriors both win to set up title decider

File photo – The Crusaders clinched at least a share of the Little 4 championship on Thursday.

The race for the Little 4 championship will go down to the final night of conference play after both St. Bernard’s and Hoopa won on Thursday night.

With a straight sets victory over South Fork, the St. Bernard’s girls improved to 7-1 in conference and guaranteed themselves at least a share of the championship with one match remaining.

Hoopa’s straight sets victory over a short-handed Ferndale, however, lifts the Warriors to 6-2 in the Little 4 and they can claim a share of the title if they win at St. Bernard’s in Tuesday’s conference finale.

The Warriors celebrated their seniors before Thursday’s game, and all six of them had a big say in the win.

None more so than Taylor Cole, who had an outstanding night and finished with a game-high 20 kills.

Fellow senior Bethany Masten also had a big night, particularly at the service line, where she served 10 aces.

Another senior, the consistent Savannah Colegrove, continued to impress despite playing on a sprained ankle, while the team’s other seniors — Tannah O’Rourke, Deja Coleman and Rosie Romero — each also had a big night.

Nae-rew Martin added four aces in the win.

The Wildcats were missing three starters and a fourth suffered a sprained ankle early in the match, leaving them with four freshmen playing in positions they were not used to for much of the night.

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