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published: Sunday, August 25, 2013
Lady Streaks topple Dragons
By BRITTANY WHITTINGTON
SEBRING - With the results of Tuesday's match, it ended up coming down to the county rivalry of Sebring and Lake Placid on Thursday night.
As usual, these two teams came to impress and there was no disappointment.
The Blue Streak gym was jam-packed with fans from both schools; even the Blue Streak varsity football team joined and formed a tunnel for their fellow athletes to run out of.
The coin was tossed and Lake Placid would start serving.
The Lady Dragons were off to a fire start and had a comfortable 7-0 lead on the Lady Streaks, until Sebring's head coach Venessa Sinness called a timeout to try and gain momentum.
Back into play, the Dragons scored four more consecutive points and brought their cushioned lead up higher to 11-0.
At this point it seemed as though this was going to be a quick sweep and Lake Placid was going to go home with an easy victory.
Finally, Sebring's Hannah Gotsch had a kill to put the Streaks on the scoreboard.
Sebring senior Hinkle went back to serve and served an ace adding another point to the scoreboard.
The momentum was slowly starting to shift from the claws of the Dragons into the Blue Streaks strike.
The Lady Blue Streaks were slowly creeping their way back up closer to Lake Placid's lead, getting as close as 15-20, but the Green Dragons offense was penetrating Sebring's defense at the net forcing Sinness to call another timeout trailing 23-15.
A tip by Lake Placid's Joanna Sanchez finished the set with a Lady Dragon victory over the Streaks 25-16.
The Streaks started off with the lead in the second set thanks to a kill and ace by Hinkle.
Lake Placid's Jacalyn Baldwin served an ace to put the Dragons on the scoreboard.
The whole second set was a complete nail-biter with the points going back and forth all the way to the very end.
The Green Dragons defense at the net was almost impenetrable with three assisted blocks all at critical momentum shifts of the set.
A kill by of Lake Placid tied the score up at 22.
One of three assisted blocks by Lake Placid put them up 23-22, but a Gotsch kill tied the score yet again at 23.
Hinkle for Sebring went back to serve, but not before a Lake Placid timeout.
The timeout did not ice Hinkle as she served an ace to close the second set with a Sebring win, 25-23.
With the series tied 1-1, the intensity level rose in the gym another notch.
The third set was chock full of aces and kills by both sides.
A kill by the Green Dragon's Breauna Corley started off the set.
Whittington and Webb retaliated with an assisted block to turn over the side.
A tip by Kylie Bowers put the Streaks up 8-3, but Lake Placid soon gained possession and went on a short run, shortening the lead 12-9.
The Blue Streaks sided out with a tip by O'Hern bringing the momentum back into their hands.
For the next few points, Sebring was able to maintain a three-point lead.
A timeout was called by Lake Placid head coach Charlotte Bauder to try and stop the Streaks from digging closer and closer to another win; but the Streaks kept the power and went on to finish the third set with a Hinkle kill ending in 25-21.
Now the Streaks were up 2-1 in the series.
In order to have a chance to take the whole match, the Green Dragons needed to steal this set from the Streaks.
This set was extremely similar to the third set with the back and forth scoring pattern.
Former Blue Streak Bella Carabello had a kill shot that put Lake Placid up 4-3, but Hinkle had a kill to side out and tie the score.
The next two points were by both Sebring and Lake Placid to tie it back up again.
Gotsch took her skills to the net in a joust against Caraballo and came out on top tying the score at 10.
For the next seven points, the lead shifted between the two teams.
Bauder called a timeout while down 17-15.
Sebring did not slow their roll causing Lake Placid to call their second timeout down 20-16.
Within the next few points the Lady Dragons put the Streaks on their heels a little putting the difference at two.
A kill by Hinkle put the Blue Streaks one point away from ending the set; and more importantly the match.
Still fighting, the Green Dragons were able to side out and score two more points bringing the score to 24-23.
A missed serve by Lake Placid ended the score and game at 25-23.
"It was a good exciting match," Bauder said. "Very intense on both sides of the net. The teams were extremely competitive and everyone played really well.
"The only thing that hurt us was our 13 missed serves," she added. "The games we lost were by 2 and 3 points. Could have been the difference between the win or the loss."
That was a key to the match on the other side of the net as well.
"Our serve receive was absolutely flawless," Sinness said. "Lake Placid had very few aces on us. And the girls didn't quit. Especially getting down by so much in the first game."
The Streaks travel to Frostproof on Tuesday to take on the Bulldogs again while the Dragons travel to Okeechobee Tuesday to face the Lady Brahmans.
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