Thursday, Apr 24, 2014

Streaks belt Brahmans


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SEBRING - Sebring used its superior height and athleticism to cruise past Okeechobee by scores of 25-17, 25-17, 13-25, 25-20 in non-district volleyball on Thursday night.

The win improved the Blue Streaks to 6-4 on the season.

"Our girls did a lot of things great," said Sebring volleyball coach Venessa Sinness. "But we had moments where our girls were abducted by aliens and we allowed Okeechobee to go on runs.

"We have to be more consistent because this team has plenty of ability, it just comes down to staying mentally focused the entire match."

The Blue Streaks had excellent efforts from a number of players and opened up a big lead in the first set before the Brahmans made a run.

Sebring gradually pulled away from a scrappy Okeechobee squad for the first set victory.

"Cadie O'Hern, Caylin Webb and Jordan Hinkle were outstanding at the net," Sinness said. "We dominated the middle and then we started to set up our outside hitters and that made us hard to defend."

The second set saw the Blue Streaks bolt to a large lead, but the Brahmans used stellar play at the net from Makayla Root and strong serving from senior Cheyenne Nunez to narrow their deficit.

Sebring came alive as Webb used her laser serve to score several points and Hannah Gotsch and Lindsey Whittington found holes in the Okeechobee defense with kill shots as the Blue Streaks eased to the 25-17 win.

The third set was all Okeechobee from the beginning as the Brahmans reeled off runs of points to breeze to the win.

The final set was close midway through until the Blue Streaks used a barrage of kill shots from O'Hern and Hinkle and aces from Webb to seal the final set.

"We had excellent setting and that allowed us to have some great cross-court spikes," Sinness said. "When we serve and set well we can play with any team out there, but in the third set we had six missed serves and we lost.

"We have a lot of talent and it's the little things that we to work on doing more consistently to become the team we can be."

Sebring hosts DeSoto in a key Class 5A-District 11 match on Tuesday night. The Blue Streaks are tied with the Bulldogs and lemon Bay at 2-1 in district play.

"That's a huge match against DeSoto," said Sinness. "We lost to Desoto in five sets early this season and we need to pay them back.

"Our girls want to win, we have good leaders and we have the talent to make this a special season."

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