It was Gilman’s Wakefield who had the hot hand in the first set, when he led the Greyhounds with four kills and two aces.
“Tyler is fantastic,” Gilman coach Neil Gabbey said. “He’s pretty much our number one setter, but he plays all the way around because he might very well be the best solo blocker in the league. He has come off the court very few times this year.”
Gilman got three kills each from Chris Kohler and Ginsberg and two each from Wakefield, Richardson and Connor Paskoff during the second set in which they led 15-11 after a kills from middle hitter Richardson.
But the Cardinals rallied to tie 15-15 with a tandem block from Boddiford and Healy fueling the fire.
“It just gets us so pumped up when we get a point like that (off a block),” Keenan said. “It’s a huge point, especially against a great team like Gilman — they are really hard to play against.”
Harrell followed that with a solo block and Healy added an ace.
Gilman regained the lead 20-17, following a kill from Ginsberg.
A missed serve was followed by an ace from Keenan and the Cards only trailed 20-19 before Gilman went back up 21-19.
Calvert Hall’s Bosse and Gilman’s Kohler traded kills for side outs and Gilman led 22-20 with the serve.
But, a missed serve and net violation and Calvert Hall’s Boddiford and Bosse’s double block pushed the Cards ahead, 23-22.
After a Gilman time out, Harrell’s kill, off Healy’s assist, made it 24-22 before a Cardinal error made it 24-23.
But Harrell ended the pivotal game with a kill through a double block for the set winner.
The third set also went to the wire, with two kills and two solo blocks late in the set from Wakefield sealing the win for Gilman.
Spencer Morris ( 7 kills) led Gilman in the third set with four kills and Healy and Harrell had four each for Calvert Hall.
In the fourth set, Calvert Hall rode four kills each from Harrell and Boddiford to a convincing 25-14 win.
That set up the final set and Calvert Hall, whose only loss came in five sets when they hosted Gilman earlier in the season, returned the favor.
It was the second time this week the Greyhounds lost in five sets after leading 2-1.
“We still get nervous, especially when we have a lead,” Gabbey said. “That’s what happened against BL the other day and sadly, that’s what happened again tonight.”
Calvert Hall’s Lansinger and coach Cammarata had other ideas.
“We never thought we were out of it,” Lansinger said. “It was a great game.”
“I told them to leave it all out on the court,” Cammarata said.