Warriors cruise into the finals

Rachael Capra helps lead Seven Rivers to a sweep of John Paul II.

Published October 29, 2006

LECANTO - Leading 24-16 in the third game, Seven Rivers Christian coach Tim Bowman leaned from the bench and mouthed to junior outside hitter Rachael Capra.

"Just finish it," said Bowman, emphasizing his words with a fist pump. "End it with a big one."

A smile crept over Capra's face.

"I just wanted it to end so bad," she later said.

It was something Capra had done in the two earlier games. But this time she didn't need to.

Seven Rivers sophomore Amy Green took care of it instead with an ace that completed Seven Rivers Christian's 25-17, 25-11, 25-14 region semifinal victory against Tallahassee John Paul II on Saturday.

With her authoritative hits and digs, Capra led the Warriors with 17 kills. Sophomore setter Carolyn Allen provided the setup with 20 assists and a few kills of her own.

John Paul II (15-14) tried to use its solid defense in hopes of forcing errors during long rallies. But it proved no match for Seven Rivers' aggressive attack.

The Warriors (23-6) quickly took control in Game 1 with a 10-3 lead. John Paul II slowly crept back within one at the 16-15 mark, but could never take the lead. Two consecutive Kenzie Rowda aces gave Seven Rivers a 23-17 lead. A Chelsea Ebert dig helped the Warriors earn their next point, which Capra followed with a resounding kill to end the game.

John Paul II proved tougher in Game 3, taking an early 9-2 lead. Four times the teams tied, but after John Paul II's Kelly Forsthoefel hit into the net to give Seven Rivers a 16-15 lead, Capra took over. She added her last five kills and a Green ace to set up the final point.