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Seven Rivers cannot overcome Pine Castle


© St. Petersburg Times,
published September 5, 2001

LECANTO -- Seven Rivers Christian found out Tuesday it can hang with defending Class A runner-up Orlando Pine Castle.

Yet it also found out there's a lot of work to do before it can beat it.

Seven Rivers found out the hard way in a 15-12, 15-8 loss.

"Obviously, to be successful in our district, we're going to have to pick it up a notch," Warriors coach Greg Hamilton said. "Tonight was not our best night, but that's okay."

Seven Rivers (4-1 overall, 3-1 in Class A, District 7) will get a second shot at Pine Castle (4-0, 4-0) on Sept. 27.

Until then, there will be memories of surrendering a four-point lead in Game 1. Seven Rivers took a 7-3 lead before the Eagles rallied. Pine Castle scored three consecutive points off the serve of Danielle Gaines to make it 7-6 then took a 12-11 lead when Gaines (six kills) blocked a Danielle Albury spike. Seven Rivers tied it at 12, but Pine Castle won the next three points to win it. Game 2 was even harder to take for the Warriors. The Eagles took a 13-3 lead by winning 10 consecutive points off the serve of Amy Rivera and a combined six kills from Gaines and Jordan DeLoach.

Seven Rivers clawed back to 14-8, but DeLoach ended the rally with her ninth kill and ended the match with a service winner.

"We had some trouble handling their serves (in the second game)," Hamilton said.

"But they did a nice job serving and a nice job of hitting, too."

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