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Falcons earn first post-season trip

Leto faces top seed Tampa Bay Tech tonight for the district title.


© St. Petersburg Times, published October 26, 2000

TAMPA -- In its 27 years, Leto had never qualified for the post-season. Wednesday, it completed that long journey relatively quickly, beating Robinson 15-8, 15-5 to advance to the Class 4A, District 10 final. More important, Leto (8-7) assured itself of making its first trip to the state playoffs.

"These ladies have had a lot of pressure on them," Leto coach Derek Stewart said "And to their credit, they came through. Robinson always plays us tough, but this win is totally to our players' credit."

In dismantling the third-seeded Knights (7-9) in a little more than 30 minutes, Leto got six kills from junior hitter Jessica Hoffman, good hitting up front and solid serving from Sara Dube.

After breaking out of a close game and winning the opener, the No. 2 Falcons easily handled the Knights in Game 2. Dube had three aces as the Falcons took a 6-2 lead that stretched as Hoffman, Jennifer Roberson and Mary Falatek played well.

Leto will take on top seed Tampa Bay Tech in the championship game tonight at 7 p.m. The Titans (11-3) were stretched to three games by a tough Armwood team, but won 15-12, 9-15, 15-6 to advance to the title match.

After splitting the first two games, a few words from coach Evantia Omensetter set Tech's tempo for the rest of the match.

"I told them the only reason we couldn't score was because we weren't serving," said Omensetter, whose team went 11-0 in district regular-season play. "We can hit and pass, but all we had to do was serve."

That's what the Titans did, scoring five quick points off serves before jumping out to a 10-1 lead that eventually became the blowout win to secure Tech's place in the title match. Kristen Becker and Janna Ward combined for 11 kills for the Titans.

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