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No deficit too large for Faith Warriors

By SCOTT PURKS and JARRETT GUTHRIE
Published October 29, 2006


TAMPA - In every game of its region semifinal Saturday, Bayshore Christian fell behind, then midway through each game the Faith Warriors seemed to not only wake up, but wake up with a vengeance.

By match's end, Bayshore had won 25-13, 25-23, 25-21 over Lake Worth Trinity Christian, leaving the Faith Warriors seniors feeling relieved that no lapses had led to any game losses.

"I have been going to Bayshore Christian since kindergarten and today was the last time I'll play a home volleyball match," Bayshore senior outside hitter Heather Johnson said.

"So when we were down (in the final game) by 100 to 1 or whatever it was (actually 12-3), I said to myself, 'There is no way we're going to lose this.' I said, 'There is no way we're going to another game.' I wanted my last memory of playing here to be of killing them."

In that third game, Bayshore (23-6) tied it at 20, then won five of the next six points to seal victory and a spot in Thursday's region final against Bradenton Christian, which defeated the Faith Warriors in one of the season's first few matches.

"We won't have any slow starts (against Bradenton Christian)," said Bayshore senior outside hitter Adria Mullaney, who after playing five years of volleyball for the Faith Warriors got the final winning spike. "We've been looking forward to playing (Bradenton Christian) for a long time. We won't hold back there."

Bucs keep their cool

TAMPA - Berkeley Prep continued its strong play by defeating Fort Pierce's John Carroll 25-21, 25-21, 25-27, 25-15.

The Bucs took an early lead, winning the first two games behind strong play from their freshman outside hitters, Lindsay Young and Alex Dickerson.

In the third game, Berkeley stalled with a 22-17 lead and the Rams used a seven-point run to get the advantage and win. The 27-25 game loss is Berkeley's first of the playoffs.

"(After Games 1 and 2) I think our team was expecting they would reach their breaking point and credit (John Carroll) they didn't break," Berkeley coach Randy Dagostino said. "Maybe we were expecting them to lay down and die, but that didn't happen."

The third game proved to be too little, too late as the Bucs regrouped and dominated the final game for the match win.

"We thought it was important to come out in Game 4 and win back the momentum," said sophomore libero Christina Theofilos. "We talked about it in our huddle and we decided to come out and start from scratch like it was Game 1."

Theofilos led the team with four aces and 33 digs.

"We have three seniors on our team and it's really important for me to play well for them," Theofilos said. "I know when I'm a senior I'm going to count on underclassmen to bust their butts to make sure the job gets done."

Young, who missed the Bucs' last match against Cardinal Mooney due to illness, led the team with 21 kills. Dickerson and senior middle hitter Briana Mayhew had 14 kills and senior setter Kate Parker had 51 assists.