By WAYNE GRUMET
© St. Petersburg Times, published September 7, 2000
WESLEY CHAPEL -- Wesley Chapel took advantage of a raw Citrus squad Wednesday night, sweeping a doubleheader with relative ease.
The Wildcats cruised past Citrus 15-6, 15-9 in the first match.
Wesley Chapel (4-3 and 3-0 in Class 3A, District 6) faced a sharper Citrus squad in the second match, pulling out a 15-10, 15-12 win.
Citrus (0-3, 0-2) returns just two of six starters from last year's playoff team.
The Hurricanes had played just one game entering Wednesday's doubleheader. Citrus' lack of experience showed, but the Hurricanes improved throughout the night.
"We are still working on how we jell together. In volleyball more than any other game, you have to have all the girls playing together," Citrus coach Pam Woznicki said.
"That's where our lack of experience is showing."
Wesley Chapel now has seven matches under its belt, and the team is starting to come together.
Junior Jamie Freund led the Wildcats at the net, tallying 13 kills and four blocks in the two matches.
"I had some good passes and good sets behind me," Freund said. "My team was behind me whether I hit it into the net or if I killed it."
Brenna Lane and Paula Clausnitzer supported Freund by providing plenty of offense. Lane totaled five kills and six blocks in the two matches. Clausnitzer did a little of everything, tallying five kills in the first match and nine assists in the second match.
Citrus got stronger as the night wore on, fighting off four match points in the final match. Citrus setter Sarah Deddo provided a spark with 37 assists in the doubleheader.
Kristin Reeder chipped in five kills and three blocks overall. Alyse Johnson had five kills in the first game, and Vanessa Albaum tallied seven kills overall.
Woznicki is trying to keep her team focused on the future despite a dreary present. The Hurricanes are looking to extend their streak of consecutive playoff appearances to eight.
"It's tough for them to keep their heads up after tonight," Woznicki said. "I'm curious to see how we do against them down the road."