SOUTHEAST GLENDALE — While a fifth game might have been the ultimate climax to Tuesday afternoon's Pacific League girls' volleyball match between archrivals Hoover and host Glendale, the battle during an epic fourth game to decide whether the match would continue proved to be as thrilling as they come.
The Tornadoes prevailed, fighting off game-point four times, to fend off the tireless Nitros, who themselves survived match-point twice before succumbing, 19-25, 25-11, 25-16, 31-29.
"I'm not sure how we [kept our nerves under control]," said Hoover outside hitter Meagan Knight, who had six of her 12 kills in the fourth game, including the sideout that set up Ashley McClure's ace for match-point and finally the match-clinching point. "We just kept on telling each other to calm down, calm down and take it easy. Lots of deep breaths, that was it. There was really nothing to it."
The fourth game saw the Nitros rise up off the mat to answer the Tornadoes' challenge at the net and keep the game going back and forth within a couple of points until Glendale was able to break away for a 20-15 lead on an ace by Trish Nubla.