SEBRING – The Sebring Blue Streaks and Lake Placid Green Dragons bring out the best in each other in volleyball even though Sebring has had the Green Dragons number the past few years and the result was no different on Monday night in Sebring as the Blue Streaks beat the Green Dragons 3-1: 25-22, 25-16, 25-27 and 25-9.
Sporting a smaller team, height wise, than she normally has, Sebring Head Coach Venessa Sinness stated that they can jump and hit the ball hard.
“A lot of teams under estimate us because of our size,” added Sinness, “we keep the ball fast and quick and we don’t set the ball super high because we will get blocked, so we keep it low and fast to try to beat the block.”
The first game played true to a typical Sebring/Lake Placid game as the two battled to be tied as the lead narrowly changed back and forth several times.
The Green Dragons held a two point lead on three separate occasions at 14-12, 18-16 and 19-17. A couple of kill shots by Sebring’s Ashley Bible propelled the Blue Streaks past the Green Dragons to take a 23-20 lead.
Lake Placid closed to within one before Sebring’s Allie Cannady scored the winning point with a kill shot in the middle to give the Blue Streaks a 25-22 win.
Sebring fairly easily won the second game, never trailing after falling behind 3-2 early in the game to win the second game 25-16 while taking a 2-0 set lead.
It appeared that Sebring was going to end the match in three sets, taking an early 6-3 lead. Lake Placid battled back on a 9-3 run to take a 12-9 lead.
The lead would change hands 4 times as Sebring surged ahead 24-21. Lake Placid answered to tie the game at 24 on a kill shot by Raely Matthews. The Green Dragons eventually won the game 27-25.
The fourth game was no contest as Sebring jumped out to a 10-1 lead to start the game and won the fourth game 25-9 to win the match 3 sets to one.
“We are doing well except for our Libero getting hurt,” said Lake Placid Head Coach Charlotte Bauder. “I think it upset the whole balance and changed some things we have not done, other than that it is good.”
“We have some height, we just have to do our job.” Continued Bauder “Sebring is not going to just give up and I think our team thinks that if they come out and score a few points, they will be scared. That is not how it works. We get ourselves in too much of a hole, then try to dig our way out of it.”
For Lake Placid, Matthews had 19 kills, 3 aces and 13 digs and Jenna Capuano had 19 digs, 14 assists and 2 aces. Estafani Barajas added 11 assists and9 digs.
Lake Placid faced Tenoroc at home on Tuesday and travel to McKeel Academy on Thursday in a district match.
Sebring traveled to DeSoto on Tuesday and is on the road again on Thursday as the travel to play Booker.