LUTZ- The Steinbrenner varsity volleyball team finds themselves in a very familiar spot as they were a year ago. Undefeated in districts, winning all of the district matches in straight sets, and having a regular season record of 18-5. All great accomplishments for the Warriors, but not the overall goal.
The Warriors still have their late exit from last years state championship hanging over the teammates from their 2013 playoff run. The only goal now is to make it back to the state championship and take home the school’s first volleyball title.
“We have come a long way since the beginning of the year,” said head coach Laura Praetorius. “We have improved in all ways possible which has helped us get closer to going back to states and having a chance at taking home the championship this time.”
Along with an astonishing regular season record of 20-5 and 8-0 in districts, the Warriors also led the district in many other categories. Senior outside hitter Avery Bradshaw is leading the district with a hitting percentage of .251 and second in the district with 235 kills. However, she surpassed the 700 kill mark only a couple of games ago showing off her true power and skill as she has done this in only three years. Other top five performances include senior setter Brooke Royals being third in the district with 274 assists and senior defensive specialist Caroline Pomet placing fourth in the district with 221 digs on the season.
“We have become even more closer as a team since the beginning of the year.” said Bradshaw. “We had a couple of tournaments in the beginning of the year and that really helped with our bonding and has shaped us to be a more unified team.”
With nine seniors on the team, the Warriors have played with a different kind of mind set as they played their regular season with; the skill that they knew they were capable to play. This moxie by the Warriors carried on to the court as the Warriors controlled the front of the net, wouldn’t let many balls get by the front row, and have a chance to get a point.
The Warriors will play in the regional tournament on October 29 at home in a bracket that will depict whether they get a chance at states or not. Their first game will be against Strawberry Crest at home Wednesday night at 7 (10/29/14).
Dillon Schmidt/Staff Writer