Foran High coach Julie Johnson wasn\u2019t ready to have the season come to a close. Johnson\u2019s Lions had just lost a 3-1 decision at Lauralton Hall to finish the season with a 5-15 record. In some instances, a coach would be ready to put the past behind and move forward. Johnson didn\u2019t want to let go. \u201cI\u2019m sad to see it end,\u201d said Johnson, whose teams have challenged for league titles and advanced deep state play during her tenure. \u201cThis is a good group. They worked hard from last summer on.\u201d More than any other season, Johnson switched lineups looking for the one that would carry her team forward. \u201cThe other night (a 3-2 win over playoff-bound Daniel Hand), I ran out substitutions (allowed per game),\u201d she said. \u201cI looked to run in as many players as I could.\u201d Serve, pass, set, spike is a winning combination. Johnson agreed that progression was hard to find. \u201cYes, one time we\u2019d get the set and have a hitting error,\u201d she said. \u201cAnother time the pass or set would just be off. I keep thinking, \u2018The next game is the one when it all comes together.\u2019\u201d One thing not missing was a willingness to put team first, and that showed in the match with Lauralton. \u201cWe played great at Daniel Hand the other night,\u201d Johnson said. \u201cTonight, I think it was a little emotional being the last match for everyone. We didn\u2019t play all that well in the first two games, and Lauralton did. \u201cIn the third game, the girls didn\u2019t give up and I\u2019m very happy with that. This is a great group led by our seniors (Samantha O\u2019Neill, Jillian Montano, Kailey Loewenberg, Makenna Prete, Britney Lynch, Megan Flanagan).\u201d Lauralton was led by its seniors, Theresa Piscitelli, Maddi Marrone, Juliette Donovan and Sydney O\u2019Neill, in winning a 25-23, 25-16, 28-30, 25-18 decision. Foran was led up front by Lynch (6 kills), Prete, Sam O\u2019Neill, Briana Brassell, Paige Carlson and Marguerite Collette. Montano (17 assists) led a trio of setters, along with Madison DeBiase and Isabel Messore. Mary Grace Weissauer was the libero, with the active Tori Lanese and Loewenberg in the back row. Piscitelli had four service winners, including two of the Crusaders\u2019 four aces in the 25-23 first set win. Lanese had seven service points for the Lions, three coming on aces. A sophomore, Lanese took serve down 23-17 and led Foran to a 23-all-tie, before Piscitelli had a spike for a side out and Marrone got the winner. In the second set, Lauralton led 13-7 after one service rotation. Syd O\u2019Neill then had five winners, three coming on aces, to extend the LH lead to 20-9. The Crusaders had a 5-2 advantage in the third set when Sam O\u2019Neill turned the game around. She gave the Lions a 7-5 lead with five consecutive winners from the stripe, as Weissauer and Lanese kept points alive. The action was non-stop, with one stellar playing following another. Lauralton looked to close it out when Caroline Fabrizio had four winners, two of them aces, to take the score to 24-20. Foran got the serve back and Montano (5 aces) kept the match alive with four winners to bring the Lions to set point at 25-24. Each team took a one-point lead, only to give back the hammer over the next three trips to the service line. Prete gave Foran a 30-28 win with an ace and a Crusader hitting error. The energy carried over to the first service rotation in game four. Then LH pulled away to claim the victory.