Dan Hoehne/News-Sun Jordan Hinkle came up big on Senior Night in helping the Streaks get past Avon Park.
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published: Sunday, October 20, 2013
Lady Streaks snap back, take Senior Night sweep
SEBRING - It was an emotional night in the Blue Streak gym as the Lady Streaks welcomed back the Avon Park Lady Red Devils back for the final time this season.
Not only was it the final home game for the Streaks, but it was also Senior Night.
Coming off of an emotional loss Tuesday night to the Green Dragons, the two Sebring seniors, Jordan Hinkle and Lindsey Whittington, did not want to remember their senior regular season end with two losses to county rivals.
After being swept by the Dragons, the Streaks flipped the script Thursday and stepped up to sweep the Devils.
"It's just frustrating, I feel like we never really got going tonight. I don't think we ever had focus," said Avon Park head coach Shane Wirries.
The Streaks were off to a booming start with senior leader Hinkle at the front laying down kill after kill and forcing Avon Park to call a timeout down 5-0.
A Devil kill put them up on the board for the first time right after the timeout.
And this seemed to have given the Red Devils a shift in momentum as they started to close the gap on Sebring to an 11-10 lead, until a Hannah Gotsch kill tied the score at 11.
Kills by Marina Torres and Harley Hutzinger put the Devils just one point behind the Streaks 18-17.
A tricky tip by Hinkle pushed Sebring's lead to 22-18, forcing Avon Park to use their second timeout.
With Hinkle bringing in point after point, she was a key weapon Whittington used to keep her offense on top.
Another Hinkle tip followed by a kill would end the set 25-18 with the Streaks on top.
The Devils would be first on the board at the beginning of the second set as the two teams battled for the lead back and forth.
An Imani Tate kill would decrease Sebring's lead over Avon Park by one 13-12.
The Blue Streaks began to pull away by three, forcing the Red Devils to call a timeout at 17-14.
An ace then kill by Hinkle would make the score 20-14.
A stuffed block between Whittington and Cailyn Webb would add a point making the score 21-15.
Another kill by Hinkle would add another point.
With the Streaks within one point of stealing the second set Torres served an ace for the Devils keeping them alive 24-21.
A smart roll shot taken by Otaysha Smith would add another point 24-22, but a missed serve would end the set 25-22.
Avon Park would score first again with a Tate kill putting the Devils up 2-0.
A Maci Harris kill followed by another halting block between Whittington and Webb would put the Streaks up 10-7 making the Red Devils use a timeout.
The Streaks would score with three more kills two for Hinkle and one for Gotsch keeping them ahead of the Devils by one 19-18, but a Tate kill would tie the score at 19.
A Hinkle ace would boost Sebring's lead 22-19 before yet another Tate kill would close the gap by one.
But the rest of the points would all be scored by Sebring, with three kills between Samantha Allison and Webb finishing the match off with a Gotsch ace, 25-21.
With districts coming up for both teams, moods have gone from fun to serious.
One thing that both Whittington and Hinkle have expressed about their senior year is to bring home a district championship.
"Our girls had gotten really serious, and I've been trying to get them to loosen up more," Sebring head coach Venessa Sinness said. "We just need to be positive going into districts."
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