SARASOTA -- Wearing a pink bandana, Clearwater Calvary Christian sophomore Caslin Layer stood out on the volleyball court Wednesday at Cardinal Mooney.
But stopping her proved a fruitless endeavor for the host Cougars in a Class 3A-Region 3 quarterfinal.
Layer's all-around game, which featured diving digs and crushing kills from the middle and front court, led the Warriors to a 25-18, 25-23, 25-14 sweep.
Consequently, Calvary Christian earned a region semifinal trip for the second time in its program history.
The Warriors (21-8) will face Clearwater Central Catholic, which dusted off Out-of-Door Academy in three games Wednesday, in a rematch of their district title tilt.
"We knew coming in, they were going to have a good crowd ... but we just tried to use that energy and feed off of it," Warriors head coach Caleb Sibert said. "To take this in three was huge for us."
The key in Wednesday's triumph was the second game. Down seven points at one stage, Calvary Christian mounted a comeback slowly and methodically. Eventually, the Warriors tied the game at 22 and eked out a 25-23 victory.
Layer's play in that pivotal game, during which she tallied six kills, was a deciding factor in the outcome.
"Their crowd kind of motivated us in a way," the 5-foot-6 Layer said. "Even though they were cheering against us, we used it to fuel our energy."
Layer wears different bandanas throughout the year, but has gone with the pink one for October in support of the fight against breast cancer.
And it didn't matter which position on the court she played, because Layer simply found the ball.
She rifled kills in from the middle of the court and up at the net, pasting shots down the line or cutting them through the heart of the Cougars defense.
"We train hitting in the front row, and we train hitting in the back row," Sibert said. "Because having that extra attack coming out of the back ... in those big moments when you need a kill, it takes some pressure off your front-row players. ... We train that and that's a part of our offense."
Buoyed by the second-game comeback, Calvary breezed through the third game to complete the sweep.
The Warriors took a comfortable 9-1 advantage, before settling for a 25-14 win to close out the match.
Now they'll face the Marauders next week, while Mooney's season comes to an end.
The Cougars lose three seniors off this year's team, including Maria Soscia, who had a team-high 13 digs.
Other leading performers for Mooney were junior Keri McMahon (eight kills, eight digs), sophomore Brooke Picchi (seven kills) and Annie Shaw (23 assists).
"We talked a lot about controlling our side and making sure we were focusing on our play," Cougars head coach Kristen Batt said. "We were out of system a little bit more than we probably should have been, and that hurt our offense."