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District foe overpowers Warriors

Seven Rivers Christian can't find its footing against St. John Lutheran.

By BRIAN SUMERS
Published October 7, 2005


OCALA - Megan Olive remembers the last time Seven Rivers Christian beat St. John Lutheran. It happened in 2003, her sophomore season, in the district tournament final.

But Olive, now a senior captain, may have to wait until this season's tournament before getting another chance to beat the Warriors' rival.

On Thursday night, Seven Rivers was no match for the Saints, losing 25-12, 25-22, 25-9.

St. John (15-4, 6-0) clinched the top seed in the Class A, District 4 tournament, which starts Oct. 17. "Our effort was there, but we didn't execute," said Seven Rivers coach Tim Bowman, adding St. John could be beatable in the tournament.

But the Saints outplayed the Warriors this time, riding the strong play of junior Lauren Richardson to an easy victory. Richardson finished with 20 kills, seven aces and eight blocks, and Seven Rivers repeatedly had trouble returning her jump serve.

During one 10-point spread in the third game, Richardson collected two kills and six aces.

"She's pretty doggone good," Bowman said. "She can do it all. She got in a rhythm right there."

The Warriors (10-9, 4-2) played best in the second game, leading 15-12 before St. John scored seven consecutive points.

"We made a few stupid errors," Olive said. "A lot of it is mental. We're a very young team, and we learned a lot."

Still, Olive hopes to lead the Warriors to a win over their rivals in a couple of weeks.

"That would make my senior year," Olive said. "That would be amazing."