SEBRING - The Sebring Blue Streaks breezed through the Hardee Wildcats in three quick sets by scores of 25-11, 25-15, 25-13 on Tuesday night. It was a much needed win for the Blue Streaks who evened their regular season record to 4-4 and more importantly, evened their Class 5A-District 11 record at 1-1.
"Considering our loss (to DeSoto last Thursday) we did really well," said Sebring Coach Venessa Sinness. "I had everyone playing tonight and considering that, our game stayed consistent."
Sebring lost a tough five-set district match to the talented Bulldogs, but the Blue Streaks bounced back with a solid effort in the victory over the Wildcats.
Sebring started strong and overwhelmed Hardee early in the first set scoring the first five points.
The Blue Streaks dominated the action at the net and used strong serving to increase their lead to double digits at 14-4.
Though the Wildcats showed brief moments of life, they could only manage three points on serve.
The Blue Streaks went on to win the first set 25-11.
"We did poor tonight," said Hardee Coach Jeanne Myrie. "Sebring is a good team and does not quit on a play, our girls will quit part way into a play. Sebring is scrappy, they will play to the very end and will find ways to make a play. So our girls had to be ready to return it and a lot of the time they were not. There were moments that we played well, it just was not consistent."
This was exemplified in the second set as the Wildcats battled on event terms with Sebring to a 13-13 tie.
Then all the fight quickly dissipated as the Blue Streaks went on a 12-2 run to cruise to the 25-15 victory.
The finals set was never in doubt as Sebring controlled the action from the beginning to the end. Sebring held the Hardee to only three points on serve and easily beat them 25-13 to win the match 3-0.
Hannah Gotsch and Jordan Hinkle led the Blue Streaks with 12 and nine kills respectively in the match. Lindsey Whittington led Sebring with 19 assists over the three sets.
"We need to work on basic defense and just to fight all the way through," said Myrie of her young and inexperienced team. She feels as they get to play together more as a team, they will get better.
Sinness, on the other hand, was not quite sure whether it was more beneficial to play a team like Hardee after a tough loss or to play a more competitive team.
"I like to say yes (on playing an easier team)," said Sinness. "Because tonight was still a district game so we still had to win, but we knew that if we just played our consistent ways we would be fine. So even though we did play consistent, we still had those little funky errors."
She then pondered on whether those errors were because of the loss last week or because we were playing a much easier team.
"I think that if you put a good team up against us after a loss last week," weighed Sinness, "we would play up because there would be a team on the other side that is going to play hard."
She also noted that it would not take long to find out since they play Avon Park tonight and then district matches against Lemon Bay and Okeechobee next week.
"Ask me again next week," Sinness said.