News-Sun file photo by DAN HOEHNE Hannah Tucker and the Lady Blue Streaks were tested by Kathleen again Tuesday, and again passed the test with a five-set win.
published: Friday, October 05, 2012
Streaks squeak past Kathleen
SEBRING - The Lady Blue Streaks came out victorious Tuesday night, but it was by no means an easy win.
The visiting Kathleen Red Devils came to heat up the night and made things more interesting and caused chaos for the young Sebring squad.
The last time these two teams met, it ended up being a five-set thriller with Sebring coming out on top.
Kathleen started out the match with a first service ace.
The Streaks then fell into a slump, trailing 11-3.
At this point, it seemed as though the match would turn out negative for Sebring.
With four consecutive serves between Hannah Tucker, Bella Caraballo and Meghan Lollis, the Lady Streaks started to pick up momentum and finally came to life.
The rest of the set was neck and neck finishing up 25-23; with Sebring leading the match 1-0.
The second set seemed to be a different pace.
The starters for Sebring were given a break while the underclassmen were given the opportunity to shine.
This set would start off different from the first, with the Blue Streaks taking a small lead.
After a kill by Lollis, the momentum scale was set even and stay pretty even for the rest of the set.
In the blink of an eye, however, Sebring was trailing again and lost the set 25-20.
The nail biting continued with the sets evenly matched at 1-1.
Head coach Venessa Sinness decided to switch things up and mix in more of her starters.
This third set would be no different from the previous two.
The whole set went back and forth between these two squads.
Sebring did not play to their potential by any means, struggling against the Red Devils.
It seemed to have been the key to success until Kathleen found some momentum and kept the set close, then finally winning the set 26-24.
This victory for Kathleen put them in the potential winner's spot winning as they led Sebring two sets to one.
The Streaks took this challenge with open arms and stole the fire away from the Devils with a quick 4-1 run.
The way the Blue Streaks played this fourth set was extremely more at their level of play.
Sebring dominated this set by maintaining a minimal 10-point lead throughout the entire set and winning 25-13.
With the sets split in the middle 2-2, the ultimate fifth-set tie breaker would be put upon the Streaks and the Devils.
It seemed at first that the set would easily go to Sebring.
Until it got to mid-set and Kathleen kicked it into gear and put up the fight.
Thanks to seven consecutive kills and an ace to top it off, the Lady Blue Streaks finished out the match with a win 15-12.
"An ugly win is better than a pretty loss," said Sinness. "We weren't real consistent and it was a roller coaster all night."
The Streaks are currently 10-3 overall and 2-1 in District 9-6A play and looked to build upon that with Thursday's first meeting of the season with Lake Gibson at home.
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