Notre Dame’s bid for a berth in the Division IV state championship game on Saturday came up just short after a nearly miraculous comeback.
Dropping the first two games, the Pioneers were able to come back and force a deciding game five before falling to Archbishop Hannan 25-23, 25-21, 18-25, 15-25, 15-11 on Friday.
The Hawks (35-7) take on top-seeded Pope John Paul II in the state championship match at 11:30 a.m. Saturday.
“This team showed the effort that is Notre Dame-worthy,” coach Tara Young said. “Throughout this season we had our backs against the walls in matches at times, and tonight was no different. This team knew what they came to this tournament to try and get, and they gave it all they had. Besides not winning, I couldn’t be more proud of my team. They gave it all they could.”
Grace Morgan led Notre Dame with a game-high 30 kills and seven blocks. Sammi Leger had 51 assists in the loss.
Hannan was led by sophomore Hailey Cabeceiras, who had 26 kills and 17 digs.
Freshman Allee Morris had 16 kills and three blocks, and Tatum Ballard had 49 set assists and 18 digs in the win.
Pope John Paul II 3, Sacred Heart 0: Pope John Paul won 25-14, 25-15, 25-19 to advance to its second consecutive state championship match.