The public address announcer at Frontier on Tuesday figured he had plenty of time to get through all the promotional announcements the CIF asks schools to read during the Central Section volleyball playoffs.
But here he was, reading a couple after the No. 7 seed Titans had finished a quick sweep of No. 10 Bakersfield, 25-16, 25-11, 25-14, in the first round of the Division I bracket.
The previous two times the teams had played, the match went five long sets. Not so tonight: Frontier used runs of 16-1 in Game 2 and 12-1 in Game 3 to polish off an impressive victory and advance to play at No. 2 Clovis West in Thursday's quarterfinals.
"We played really well," Titans coach Steve Bentley said. "We got started well and got better."
Bakersfield (16-14) played without standout liberto Noelle Pardo, who was in Texas because of a family emergency.
"It makes a huge difference," BHS coach Denise Dumble said. "Our girls in the back row stepped up and played good defense, but the consistency was missing; we're used to having Noelle pick up everything back there."
Regardless, it was hard to see one player changing the outcome in such a comprehensive victory. Hailee Earnest and Paige Gettman had nine kills each to lead the Titans (27-10), who were also playing without a starter, Shelby Frank.
Gettman added two blocks, and Casey Hulsey had 30 assists and two aces. Hannah Henriksen, who will sign today to play collegiately at Long Beach State, had five kills, and Karlee Cornford had six.
"The biggest thing for us is that we're balanced offensively," Bentley said. "We can run to the middle (blockers), we can run outside. We're not so consistent with where we set. That's a strength of ours."
Samantha Stauch led Bakersfield with 11 kills, and Lorena Ramirez had 16 digs.
It took some time for Frontier to realize its potential against top competition. The Titans started 2-4 in the rough-and-tumble Southwest Yosemite League but won three of their last four, beating Liberty, Stockdale and red-hot Independence. The only loss in that stretch came in five sets at Bakersfield.
"We just had a change in attitude," Gettman said. "We got a little humbled there, and we came back strong. I think we can do really well now."
That theory will be tested at Clovis West, which plays in a small secondary gym that's usually packed with a raucous crowd. But there's no doubt Frontier looked ready for the challenge Tuesday.
"The league has prepared us to play in matches like that," Bentley said. "Early on, we had an inability to finish. We'd take a set here or there, but we couldn't sustain it. Our focus has just been to finish."