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Wildcats earn win after slow start


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published September 5, 2001

DADE CITY -- Wesley Chapel seems to use the first game of most matches as a warmup. Coach Julie Krull said she doesn't like it, but she's getting used to it -- as long as the Wildcats win.

Once again, Wesley Chapel again Game 1 Tuesday, falling 15-5 to Pasco. But it responded to a tongue-lashing from Krull to win the next two games 15-9, 15-10.

"All I told them was, "Hey, this isn't our team. If you want to come and leave in two games, that's great,"' Krull said. "They just needed to show a little more intensity."

Wesley Chapel (3-1) got a spark from Emily Conklin in the second game. She served two aces en route to a 5-0 lead.

The Pirates (3-1) managed just two kills in the second game after pounding five in the first. Coach Christine Webb said her team lost its rhythm.

"We just went flat, and we couldn't get it back," she said. "It's a tough loss."

The third game was the closest of the match.

Wesley Chapel's Jamie Freund had been relatively quiet with more errors than kills in the first two games.

But she had three aces and four kills in the third game to hold off the Pirates.

"My teammates kept telling me it was all mental and that I was beating myself up over it," Freund said. "They told me to just forget about (the first two games)."

Wesley Chapel setter Paula Clausnitzer used a multi-pronged attack to compile 20 assists. Angela Medvid, Brenna Lane, Tralissa Grant, Freund and Conklin had at least three kills.

Pasco's Lauren Dillard led the Pirates in the first game with 3 aces, 2 kills and 2 blocks.

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