The volleyball team finally topped their nemesis Plant Monday night, after the losing the first four meetings between the two schools, three were Plant sweeps, now the Warriors have returned the favor.
25-21, 25-23, 25-17 was the final count in South Tampa. A big night turned in by sophomore Brooke Royals who compiled 38 assists with no errors, she also had three kills.
“I felt like my hitters had my back the whole way, if I didn’t put up the money set they just worked with it and put it away. The back row had perfect passing, it was all around a pretty perfect game,” said Royals.
Senior Madison Seuzeneau had 15 kills and junior Rachel Mathison had 14 kills and 15 digs. Libero Natalia Campos had three aces, 28 digs, and 25 returns.
“We rallied a lot longer, that was our focus from the tournament and what we wanted to improve on. So when we hit we expected it to come back and by having that mentality we were able to execute more,” said head coach Laura Stegenga.
Stegenga unveiled a new rotation she had begun to implement during the Tampa Bay Invitational. Royals is the starting setter, former setter Casey McLean was moved to the back line. Madison Seuzeneau, Rachel Mathison, Natalia Campos, and Lauren Heldt/Ryann Martin (interchanged) round out the starting lineup. Sophomore Avery Bradshaw was bumped to allow for the change.
“We needed more execution defensively. Casey McLean is a real hustler as you could see tonight with as many digs as she had (14). She keeps the pace of the game going and I think we’re getting a lot more (balls) up by having Natalia and Casey, the dynamic duo going at it in the back row. It just adds more rallies and more plays for our team,” said Stegenga
The win improves the Warriors record to 13-7 with an undefeated record in the district.
Zealand Shannon / Sports Editor