Bayshore rises to comeback
By SCOTT PURKS
Published November 16, 2003
LAKELAND - Bayshore Christian accomplished something Saturday at theLakeland Center few teams have done.
After being dominated two games by Orangewood Christian, the Faith Warriors survived a match point to take the third 29-27.
Then, as Orangewood tightened, Bayshore won the final games 25-16, 15-11 to take home its second state title.
"Unbelievable," Orangewood coach Diane Pruim said. "It's hard to believe how (Bayshore) hung in there.
"Hard to believe."
Bayshore (30-2) admitted to stomachaches and praying but never lost the faith, not even at match point.
"It was tense," Bayshore's only senior, Katie Mitcham, said of Game 3. "I was saying, "Please, please don't let any balls fall. Please make perfect passes. Please make perfect hits."'
And for the most part, they did.
By the end of Game 4, the momentum had swung.
"Normally, I don't say this or even think this during a match because I never want to jinx anything," Mitcham said. "But after we won Game 4, I knew we were going to win the match.
"I felt it. I knew it."
Orangewood (28-4) had similar feelings after winning the first two games 25-20, 25-22 and getting to match point.
"Our game plan was working just like we thought it would," Pruim said. "And then we were right there. All we needed was just one more point. Just one more.
"You can think about all the points that could have gone either way. One serve we missed. One ball we let drop. Just one point One point from the state championship."
When Bayshore took an 8-2 lead in the fourth, Orangewood admitted to feeling the strain.
"I think we were getting frustrated with each other, and then we were frustrated with ourselves," setter Rachel Miller said. "I don't think we attacked like we did in the first two games."
Maybe the best news for both teams is they return most of the players for next season.
Bayshore returns everybody but one. And Orangewood returns four top contributors.
"Hopefully, we can play them again (next year)," Pruim said.
Bayshore Christian coach Melanie Humenansky, who guided Bayshore to its first state title in 1998, said it was exciting to think about what could be ahead.
"Hopefully we'll be back again soon."
[Last modified November 16, 2003, 01:34:40]
Mets scout: comments wrong
College basketballFSU looks into recruit's eligibility
Xavier opens with a win but still lacks an identity
College footballUF Game balls
FSU Game balls
'Canes back up on back of Moss
Rally saves UF title shot
That's a Wrap
Utah politician weighs in on BCS
Line changes are temporary
Fason proves to be a keeper
Timeout again leads to touchdown
UF By the numbers
Another great escape
FSU By the numbers
FSU gives away play, takes advantage
Rix rewards staff's faith with big finish
CollegesFSU gets 2 berths in cross country
ConferencesBig East: Missed PAT lets Hokiesescape Temple upset bid
ACC: Clemson keeps rolling, crushes Duke
C-USA: Frogs continue to horn way into BCS picture
Nation: N. Illinois' bowl shot gets shaky
State: Suber leads Wildcats to victory
Big XII: At last, Cats get win at Nebraska
Pac-10: WSU still 1st thanks to backup
SEC: Dawgs get rare win at home over Auburn
Big Ten: Michigan win sets up showdown for title
GolfAnnika beats the boys with $20,000 of skins
In briefFederer advances with ease
MotorsportsThe idol and the champ
Mutual interest for Tracy, Childress
Vickers youngest champ with Busch Series title
NBABrown in unfamiliar territory
Cavs snap skid to Sixers
Parity begins to show at home
Things that make you go Hmmm ...
Browns tackle draws fine for hit
NHLBruins beat Cloutier for an overtime victory
Opinion'They' may or may not win, but 'you' are just going to watch
OutdoorsDaily fishing report
When cold winds howl, hunters think waterfowl
PrepsBayshore rises to comeback
Bucs even year-old score
Jesuit wins Logan bowl
Jesuit wins Logan bowl
Marauders seniors get moment to shine
Three times won
Wildcats' one loss means the most
Letters: Your Turn
RaysRays consider trades instead of free agents
BucsMcCardell becoming the Bucs' futility man
Beat-up Bucs missing the A-Train
Bucs-Packers matchup ...
Letters: The record doesn't justify smugness
LightningGrahame: U.S. spot would be 'an honor'
St. Louis responds when pressure builds