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November 7, 2013

Rockets pick up thrilling victory; advance to state

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Des Moines Christian responded by going on a mini-rally that left them with a 17-13 lead. That lead eventually ballooned to 24-16 before a determined Alexander unleashed a few ferocious spikes that trimmed the deficit to 24-19. The Lions, however, managed to get the next point to take the first game 25-19.

Alexander unloaded with a kill at the genesis of game two to give E-B-F an early 1-0 lead. Later, a block and a kill by Taylor grew the Rockets' lead to 9-6. E-B-F's lead ballooned to 14-7 after an ace by Taylor. Then, a kill by Boyer extended that lead to 19-10.

Affronted, Des Moines Christian rattled off five straight points that culminated with a kill by Reichardt. Moments later, however, the Rockets reclaimed the momentum when Taylor ended a long volley with a kill. The aforementioned volley was ornamented by a tremendous save by Alexander.

Taylor capped off the game with consecutive kills that gave E-B-F the 25-17 win. The Rockets jumped out to a quick 6-2 lead in game three after Taylor scored with one of her 27 aces in the match. The Rockets continued to dominate and managed to build their lead to 18-8 after a kill by Alexander. Des Mones Christian eventually mounted a rally that whittled E-B-F's lead down to 23-18. But, the Rockets regained their composure, and after a Taylor kill, picked up a 25-18 victory.

Only one game from oblivion, the Lions came out reinvigorated in game four. Des Moines Christian's energetic play provided them with a 12-7 lead. Rocket McKinley Moore temporarily stymied the offensive onslaught with a crucial spike that trimmed the deficit to four. Later, a double block by Moore and Alexander shaved the Lions' lead down to 13-12. The game continued to oscillate back and forth until Des Moines Christian ripped off three-straight points to go up 20-17. The Lions maintained their lead and picked up the 25-20 win.

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