Holly Grove traveled to Annapolis on Saturday to participate in the Maryland State Christian School Tournament.

Holly Grove was the #2 seed in the tournament and defeated the #7 seed New Life Christian last Wednesday in Westover to earn the trip to Annapolis.

On Saturday, Holly Grove played the 2016 state champ New Life Christian in the semi finals. (New Life defeated Holly Grove in the 2016 state championship match.) Holly Grove won this very exciting match in 5 sets. The teams traded wins in the first 4 sets. In the fifth set, Olivia Burkhead served strong, including 3 aces and Gwyn Loniewski had 4 kills to take a quick 13-3 lead. As the fifth game was to 15, this lead was enough to get Holly Grove to the finals.

In the finals against #1 seed Heritage, Holly Grove won the first set, but dropped the next three. Holly Grove was led by seniors Olivia Burkhead and Makenzie Lambertson who were selected to the All-State Tournament Team.

Holly Grove finished the season (including state and conference tournaments) at 19-4 with all four losses coming from Delmarva Christian (#2 in the state of Delaware) and Heritage (2017 Maryland Christian School State Champ).

Photos by Lou Ann Burkhead

Game Scores and Stats:

Holly Grove vs Convenient Life (State Semi-Finals)

Scores: 25-19, 21-25, 25-22, 21-25, 15-7

Stats: Aces, Kills, Blocks, Assists

Olivia Burkhead: 9, 8, 0, 47
Makenzie Lambertson: 3, 15, 1, 0
Gwyn Loniewski: 2, 19, 0, 0
Ali Pinchak: 1, 0, 1, 0
Bekah Perkins: 2, 0, 0, 0
Joy Parks: 0, 2, 0, 0
Kayla Graziano: 1, 0, 0, 0
Lauren Hornsby: 0, 1, 0, 0
Maranda Makuchal: 1, 0, 0, 0
Zoie McIntosh: 0, 2, 1, 0
Holly Grove vs Heritage (State Finals)
Scores: 25-23, 20-25, 16-25, 22-25
Stats: Aces, Kills, Blocks, Assists
Olivia Burkhead: 2, 1, 1, 28
Makenzie Lambertson: 1, 13,1, 0
Gwyn Loniewski: 1, 12, 0, 0
Ali Pinchak: 3, 0, 0, 1
Joy Parks: 0, 1, 1, 0
Zoie McIntosh: 0, 2, 1, 0
Jersey Numbers:
11 Olivia Burkhead
2 Makenzie Lambertson
8 Gwyn Loniewski
10 Ali Pinchak
15 Bekah Perkins
9 Joy Parks
20 Kayla Graziano
6 Lauren Hornsby
21 Maranda Makuchal
3 Zoie McIntosh
12 Carlie Bell
21 Makenzie Schaffer
14 Tristan Lambertson
Manager Tracy Trotter
Coach David Burkhead (left in photo)
Assistant Coach Rob Pinchak (Right in photo)