Whittier Christian pushed, but keeps rolling


LA HABRA - Whittier Christian swept Fullerton, 25-10, 25-11, 26-24, in the second round of CIF-SS Division 2A girls volleyball playoffs Thursday.

Whittier Christian made quick work of visiting Fullerton in the first two sets, but the Indians came back strong in the third set behind outside hitter Faith Rockmore, who finished with  nine kills, and setter Haley Schulte (20 assists).

“We scouted them and we were aware of what they were going to do,” Whittier Christian coach Shawn Hunter said. “We knew that they were going to set up the ball for number 10 (Rockmore).”

Whittier Christian moves on to the quartersfinals, where it will face the winner of the Pacifica-Mayfield match. Whittier Christian will be the visiting team for Saturday's round.

Fullerton took an early 9-5 lead in the third set and started to build momentum, but after a Whittier Christian timeout, the Heralds rallied for four consecutive points to tie the score.

What ultimately cost Fullerton the game were unforced errors, giving up three points on bad serves.

The Indians took the Heralds as far as they could, but lost the third game on a ball that rolled along the inside of the net, and none of the Fullerton players could get it back up.

“We came out strong, fired up and ready to play,” Hunter said. “We tapered out at the end, but we were able to finish. We need to learn to not just play game one and two hard. We need to come out the same in game three. I’m glad we got pushed and pushed back.”

Outside hitter Kylee Wolf led Whittier Christian in kills with 14, middle blocker Stephanie Stevenson had 13 kills and setter Jennifer Walsh had 39 assists.

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