LAKE PLACID - The Lake Placid volleyball team made sure its undefeated record in district matches would stay intact with a demolition of Frostproof in straight sets on Tuesday night.
The Green Dragons cruised past the Bulldogs by scores of 25-8, 25-15, 25-12 to improve to an impressive 13-4 overall and a perfect 6-0 in Class 4A-District 9 matches.
"I couldn't be more proud of my girls, "said first-year Lake Placid volleyball coach Charlotte Bauder. "This was our next to last district match of the season and we came prepared and took care of business.
"We played up the entire match and if we want to reach our goal of making the state playoffs, we have to continue to play hard and respect every opponent."
Lake Placid jumped out to a 7-0 lead over Frostproof in the first set behind excellent serving from Raveen Gobourne and strong net play from Jacalyn Baldwin and Breauna Corley.
The Bulldogs battled back as Chelsea Hanger pounded out three of her team-high eight kills, but Lake Placid steadily pulled away as Andrea Barajas and Joanna Sanchez combined for several ace serves to make it 15-4.
Lake Placid continued to utilize its height advantage at the net and rolled to the 25-8 victory over the smaller Bulldogs.
The second set was close early as Frostproof trailed by a score of 9-5, but Gobourne found holes in the Frostproof defense with back-to-back aces and Baldwin and Bella Carabello took turns blasting cross-court spikes to cruise to the 25-15 win.
"We did a great job setting the ball and our hitters put the ball in the right places to score," Bauder said. "I'm really proud of this team because I've asked them to do some different things and they've bought in and have really improved."
The Green Dragons' dominance at the net continued in the final set with Corley, Baldwin and Carabello taking turns pounding kill shots past the helpless Bulldog defenders to take a 9-4 lead.
Lake Placid's Shannon Huber ripped off several points with her laser serves to increase its lead to 20-9.
A couple of spikes and a pair of unforced Frostproof errors put the Green Dragons on match point and Barajas drilled an ace serve to seal the district victory.
With the win Lake Placid stays unbeaten in district play, and a victory over rival Avon Park next week would make the Green Dragons the No. 1 seed for the district tournament at McKeel Academy.
"We have to stay focused against Avon Park," Bauder said. "They have a solid team and we have to come ready to play.
"The top seed in the district tournament gets a first-round bye and that's what we're focused on."