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Hudson too much for Spongers

Published October 22, 2004

WESLEY CHAPEL - The third time wasn't a charm.

Hudson defeated Tarpon Springs for the third time this year, beating the Spongers in four games, just as the Cobras did in the first two matches, in winning the Class 4A, District 10 title.

The Cobras cruised to a 25-9, 23-25, 25-5, 25-16 victory over the Spongers for their sixth district title in seven years.

"I thought the girls played well," Cobras coach Linda McQuade said. "We lost our composure a little in the second game. They got it back, though, and kept it. "

Tarpon Springs stayed close early, but the serving of senior co-captain Jen Strawser (20 service points, 31 assists), and the play of fellow senior co-captain Alyson Ray (18 kills, 11 blocks), led the Cobras on an 18-3 run to close out the first game.

Tarpon Springs played well in winning the second. The Spongers pulled to a 23-19 lead behind the serving of Mai Lee, who had five consecutive service points, four of them aces. Hudson battled back behind the defensive play of Sara Hampshire (15 digs), cutting the deficit to 24-23. But a bad serve by Strawser gave the game to the Spongers.

Strawser rebounded in the third, as she began the game with eight straight service points. After consecutive sideouts, teammate and senior co-captain Courtney Law (14 service points) reeled off 10 consecutive service points as the Cobras jumped to a 19-1 lead, en route to the game victory. The Cobras showed the composure their coach spoke so highly of in the fourth and final game, never allowing the Spongers to get on a roll and only allowing more than one consecutive service point once.

"I'll give credit to Hudson, but we played horrible tonight," Tarpon Springs coach Monica Wilson said. "We had to bring our A game tonight, and we didn't do it."

Offensively, the Spongers were led by senior Kristin Bowen (10 kills), junior Alycia Spann (11 kills), and senior co-captain Hanna Cortese (20 assists). Bowen (three blocks) led them on the defensive side.

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