Three head coaches. Two districts. Four years. Four district titles, all in straight sets.
The lady Warriors problem has been mental toughness this season. Freedom put that to the test, playing three very tight sets. Head coach Laura Stegenga got on her team early in the first set, to “get them in it.”
“They needed to pick up to pick the intensity a bit more and be confident in themselves, when they started the game they looked like they were discouraged a bit,” said Stegenga.
Freedom captured early momentum, coming off of a victory over favored Wiregrass Ranch in four sets. In the teens the lady Warriors flipped the script to capture a two point lead that they held to the end of the first set, winning it 25-23. The second was tight all the way through, until Stegenga’s team broke away in the early twenties, taking the set 25-22. The third set was exclusively to the Warriors, who staved off nerves at the end to hold on to a solid lead they had built very early, 25-21.
Senior Madison Seuzeneau produced on the front line with 12 kills and three attacking errors, sophomore Avery Bradshaw was second on the team with 11 kills and three errors as well. Junior Rachel Mathison’s efficiency continued in this match, she put up nine kills (third most) and only one error. Junior Casey McLean served up four aces and Seuzeneau put up two more. Bradshaw did some damage against Freedom’s frontline with two blocked shots. Senior Natalia Campos put together a spectacular 14-dig night against one of the best frontline players in the district, Freedom’s Jasmyn Perry.
“I play club with (Perry)…we’re really competitive with each other, we’re really good friends, it was just competition between us both,” said Campos, “it was really good, I loved it and I’m so excited that we won.”
The Warriors are advancing into regional play and could face Freedom again should they win their regional quarterfinal.
Zealand Shannon / Sports Editor