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Reynolds posts 21 kills as Eagles sweep pair on heels of huge win vs. Tampa Prep.

By BRANDON WRIGHT
Published September 15, 2006


SEMINOLE - Indian Rocks Christian was one of four teams to go undefeated Thursday on the opening day of the 23rd annual Keswick Invitational Volleyball Tournament.

The Eagles also ran their season record to 11-0 after wins against Calvary Christian (25-8, 25-16) and Seminole (25-9, 25-15). Kenzie Reynolds had 21 kills in the two matches, including 12 against the Warhawks. Brianne Yeates finished with nine kills and six blocks against Calvary Christian.

The Eagles showed no hangover after their five-game victory against Tampa Prep on Tuesday, the first time Eagles beat the Terrapins in school history.

"The girls were on cloud nine (Wednesday) at practice," IRC coach Mark Foster said. "But I told them (the win) was just one step in building toward district and then a state run."

Palm Harbor swept its two matches, defeating Northside Christian (25-12, 25-14) and Largo (25-12, 25-19). Mallory Kiley had 12 kills in the two matches, and Margo Sultenfuss finished with seven aces on the night, including four against Largo.

Keswick Christian and Bayshore Christian also went 2-0 on the first day. The 16-team tournament is divided into four pools, with the winners from each pool playing in the semifinals and finals Saturday.

CLEARWATER 3, EAST LAKE 1: Host Clearwater got help from what Tornadoes coach Tracy Sedley described as "a very questionable call" to close out Game 4, remaining undefeated with a 25-27, 25-17, 25-20, 27-25 win.

"You hate to see a game end that way because you know it could happen to your team too," Sedley said. "You want to see the girls decide the game on the court."

Clearwater's Kristin Fisher had 17 kills, 13 blocks and seven aces, while Channing Salava finished with 79 assists. The Tornadoes' (11-0) Katie Betourne had 18 digs and Shannon Romine added 11 kills.