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Cougars serve notice to district foe

Countryside easily dispatches Sickles in three games.

By DOUG KATES
Published August 25, 2006


CLEARWATER - At the end of the regular season, Sickles expects to meet Countryside to decide a district volleyball championship.

As of Thursday night, the Cougars showed the most strength.

Countryside improved to 4-0 overall with a 25-18, 25-20, 25-18 victory.

"Obviously, it has taken a lot of hard work," Cougars coach Kaylyn Bayly said. "They've become more of a team and they have learned it takes all of them, not individuals."

Countryside never trailed in Game 1. Sickles (1-2) struggled offensively and had only six points off its serve.

In Game 2, the Gryphons led 9-7 when a bad serve brought possession back to the Cougars. With Madison Truluck serving, Countryside collected five straight points and edged in front 13-9. The Cougars did not trail again the rest of the evening.

In the third game, freshman Davionna DiSalvatore kept Countryside in control. She served six unanswered points, including three aces, as the Cougars led 10-3. Teammate Taylor Wilson later added five unanswered for a 22-11 lead. A short time later, several home fans were waving their car keys, indicating it was time to go home.

Wilson, a senior captain, said the freshman actually ended the night early.

"It certainly knocked (Sickles) off whatever peg they had left," she said. "I know it's the most discouraging thing to lose six points in a row."

Wilson tried to say it was her worst match of the season, but she still collected six kills and was a burst of energy on the floor.

"This was a big district game," she said. "I'm glad my teammates could pull it together."

DiSalvatore finished the match with six aces. Truluck had seven kills and four aces. Sickles was led by Sara Vance with four kills, four aces and three blocks.