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Vikings, Warhawks back for familiar final

JOHN C. COTEY
Published October 20, 2004

ST. PETERSBURG - It's Northeast and Seminole for the Class 5A, District 10 championship once again, as both teams coasted to straight-set wins in the semifinals Tuesday night.

The Vikings and Warhawks will meet in the district final for the fourth consecutive season. The Warhawks have won the past two.

They were also the more impressive team Tuesday, rolling over Pinellas Park 25-6, 25-19, 25-21.

The Patriots (6-22) put up a gallant fight late, but were already in a big hole dug by Seminole senior Ashley Martin.

In the first game, she had nine kills, served for four points and keyed 11-0 and 7-0 runs.

In Game 2, the Patriots rallied to take a 16-15 lead before Martin's serve produced three straights points, the last one an ace on a sinking jump serve, to nudge the Warhawks to victory.

Seminole (16-3) also got strong performances from Jessica Valind and Amanda McGowan, who had three and four kills, respectively, in the second game.

In the first semifinal, Northeast raced to a 7-0 lead, Bogie roared back to tie it at 7, then the Vikings took over in posting a 25-17, 25-14, 25-17 victory.

The Vikings (16-5) will try to avenge an earlier loss this season to Seminole.

Bogie finishes the season 13-10.

A-7: All-Crusader final

ST. PETERSBURG - The Class A, District 7 championship will be a matchup of Crusaders after Canterbury and Keswick Christian won their semifinals.

Middle blockers Nora Brody and Ashley Pollard did most of the damage in Canterbury's 3-0 (25-23, 25-21, 25-18) win over Oldsmar Christian. Pollard led all players with 15 kills and a block and Brody added 10 kills and a solo block.

Juliet Fleece had 14 assists for Canterbury.

Keswick used 22 aces to defeat Calvary Christian 3-0 (25-14, 25-16, 25-16). Sarah Hodupp led the team with six aces, including three in the third game to help Keswick erase a 16-15 deficit. Leah LaPointe had nine kills.

"We try to work on being a little more aggressive with our serve," Keswick coach Karrymayne King said. "Sometimes we have a tendency of just putting the ball in play, but we're trying to turn it into more of a weapon."

- ROVEN YAU

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