Taft High's Wildcats found themselves in fight for their lives with the Strathmore Spartans Tuesday night on their home court in the opening round of the CIF Central Section Div. IV volleyball playoffs.
But once the dust had settled the No. 4 seed Lady Wildcats came out on top with a 25-22, 20-25, 35-33, 25-19 victory over the upset-minded 13th-seeded team.
With the victory, Taft advances to the quarter final round where they will host Thursday's match.
The first tilt in momentum sided with Taft after they jumped out to a 4-2 lead to begin the first set.
Taft eventually pulled away with a 6-1 run but Strathmore roared back to tie the score at 19. The teams tied two more times before Taft scored the final three points to win.
Strathmore bounced back in the second set, at one going on an 8-2 run to lead 20-11. Taft narrowed the deficit to four, but the Lady Spartans held on for the win.
After Strathmore led early in the third set, Taft countered by tying the score at 14. Taft surged ahead by three at two different times, but Strathmore tied the score at 19. Taft was three points away from taking the set when the seesaw battle began. In the remaining minutes of the set, Taft and Strathmore tied 12 times before the Lady Wildcats took the set.
Taft followed up by leading all of the fourth set before winning by six.
Thursday's match begins at 7 p.m.
To read the full story on how the Lady Wildcats did, pick up Friday's Taft Midway Driller.