LUTZ- The Steinbrenner Warriors (11-4, 7-0) keep their district record flawless and sent the seniors off on a high note in a win over Gaither in three straight set victories by scores of 25-8, 25-8, and 25-11.
“I think we did well tonight,” said head coach Laura Praetorius. “Our main goal was to have fun and send the seniors off on a high note which is what we did while still getting the job done.”
The Warriors controlled the tempo of play throughout the entire game by being efficient on the attack and quick on their feet on defense. The Warrior offense had a powerful performance led by senior middle blocker Lauren Heldt and senior outside hitter Ashley Akers who both accounted for a total of nine kills on the evening. Although the offensive performance was not as powerful as usual, the Warriors brought more than just power and competitiveness, they also brought their enthusiasm and enjoyment for the game to make the night even more special for the graduating seniors.
“I think we played great,” said Akers, “the seniors really set the stage for our performance and we have worked so hard to get to where we are we just needed to have a fun time in order to make this night more special than it already was.”
The defensive play was in sync on the evening as the Warriors saved many poor plays and made something out of nothing with their perseverance. This performance was led by senior defensive specialist Caroline Pomet who tallied 11 digs on the evening. Although Steinbrenner showed why they were undefeated in district play, the Cowboys did not help challenge the Warriors moxie throughout the game as the Warriors had at least a three point lead throughout the game and were up by at most 15 points in the second set.
“I think we have been working on our teamwork since the beginning of the year and it is really starting to pay off,” said Pomet. “Throughout all of the time that I have played at Steinbrenner is that teamwork is the most important aspect to our game and without it we wouldn’t play as well as we are now.”
The Warriors will try and keep their perfect district record in tact as they move on to face the Freedom Patriots on October 9, 2014.
Dillon Schmidt/Staff Writer