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Pirates sweep district foe

Crystal River is tested, but tops Belleview 25-15, 25-21, 25-20.

By RICHARD BURTON
Published September 16, 2005


BELLEVIEW - Crystal River showed Belleview it could battle back when it had to.

The Pirates (8-0, 7-0) downed the Rattlers 25-15, 25-21, 25-20 in a Class 4A, District 6 match thanks to key surges in the second and third games.

Belleview (8-3, 6-2) hit Crystal River with an 8-0 run and led 21-18 in the second game and appeared to be on its way to knotting the match.

The Pirates had other ideas.

Brandy Worlton (13 service points, 12 kills, six aces) served seven consecutive points to close the game as Crystal River regained momentum.

The Rattlers, whose other district loss was to Citrus in five games, jumped to a 6-0 advantage in the final game, but the Pirates used a 7-0 run midway through to break a 9-all tie. Belleview never got closer than four points the rest of the way.

"We kind of had to dig our way out in the second and third games," Crystal River coach Briget Boshell said. "I attribute our ability to come back to good passing and consistent hitting."

Ashley Clark (20 assists) helped set up Worlton and Meghan Hirsch (13 kills, four blocks) on numerous excellent opportunities and paced the offense. In her past four district matches, Clark has 93 assists.

Danielle Carver added 12 service points for the Pirates. She served nine consecutive points during the first game, pacing Crystal River to a 21-9 lead.

Belleview didn't help itself much in the match, committing 37 hitting errors, including 15 in the first game.

"This was a good win for us and it's one of the most fun matches we've had," Boshell said. "Belleview has a good little team and we got a chance to work on our offense."