ENGLEWOOD-- St. Mary's Academy Senior Annie Tobler is all too familiar with close matches against Denver Science & Tech Stapleton. She's had two of them in the last three years.
"When I was a sophomore it was such a close game that the ref had to go home in the fourth set because she was so tired," Tobler said. "But in the fifth, set we killed them."
As a senior Wednesday night, the 5th set against the Knights wasn't quite as easy.
This time it went even longer than the necessary 15 points, as the Wildcats squeaked past the Knights with a 16-14 victory to win the match 3-2.
"It was so crazy," Tobler said. "One of our teammates actually started crying she was so excited."
Adding to the wild finish was the fact that St. Mary's was trailing in the match 2-1 at one point.
Bella Horton and Shierri Lopez-Itomura of Denver Science & Tech Stapleton were a problem all night for the Wildcats.
Horton made several fantastic plays at the net, while Lopez-Itomura was flying all over the court for the Knights.
But, Tobler had numerous incredible digs to keep her team alive.
The Wildcats took the fourth set with ease by a score of 25-17.
They then outlasted the Knights in a back-and-forth 5th set, thanks in large part to a timely kill by Katelyn Barney down the stretch.
With the win, St. Mary's Academy moved above .500 with a 4-3 record this season.
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