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By MIKE READLING
© St. Petersburg Times, published November 1, 2000
TAMPA -- Tampa Prep overcame a sluggish first game and a very consistent Bradenton Christian team to win its Class 2A, Region 3 quarterfinal match 14-16, 15-3, 15-9.
The Terrapins (23-8) will meet the winner of the Maitland Orangewood Christian-Fort Meade match at 2 p.m. Saturday at Naples St. John Neumann. If Tampa Prep wins, it will play in the region final that night at 7 with a trip to the state tournament on the line.
The Terrapins, ranked No. 4 in Class 2A, came close to watching their season end after Bradenton Christian (22-9) stayed neck-and-neck with them through the first game and rallied from a 14-12 deficit to win the game when Kristen Courtney blocked an Amber Langston kill attempt for the game-winning point.
Tampa Prep stormed through the second game to even the match, but Bradenton Christian came back to start the third game by jumping out to a 3-0 lead before the Terrapins got back on track.
Samantha Fleat served five straight points to give Tampa Prep a 7-3 lead before Bradenton Christian tied the game at 9 thanks to four aces by Melanie Raitz, Jennifer Doan and Karissa Tiona. But the Panthers would only get three more service opportunities the rest of the match as Tampa Prep ran away with the win.
Amber Langston led the Terrapins with 19 kills and 23 digs while Catherine Zidow, playing in her first match since Oct. 9 due to a severe ankle sprain, had 13 kills. Justeen Patton had 49 assists, 16 digs and four aces.
TAMPA -- Bayshore Christian hosted a Class A, Region 2 quarterfinal Tuesday and defeated Evangel Christian in two sets 15-9, 15-1 to advance to Saturday's semifinal. The first game was a test for Bayshore (21-8) as it narrowly escaped a rally by Evangel that evened the score 9-9. Evangel produced six straight points to keep its hopes alive, but Bayshore broke Evangel's serve and took over the lead for good. "The girls were over anxious in the first game," Bayshore coach Melanie Humenansky said.
"They didn't settle down until the second and then played their game."
The second game was indeed the showcase for the Faith Warriors as they scored 15 straight points. Six consecutive points came from aces by Rachel Adkins. Junior Ericka Womack and freshman Erika Maita also contributed to the attack. The two combined to account for 10 kills and 12 digs in the Warriors' victory.
"This was a very big game for us because we had high expectations," Womack said. "Hopefully on Saturday our nerves will be calmer."
"We had to win to keep our season going," Maita said.
"We didn't play our game early on, but deep inside we pulled together."
Bayshore Christian's season will continue Saturday at 4:00 p.m. as it hosts the semifinals.
- Erica Steeber
Seminole Presbyterian saw its opportunity to make it to the region final for the second consecutive year end Tuesday night at the hands of Sonrise Christian.
The host Seminoles defeated the Lancers 15-10, 15-12, ending Seminole Presbyterian's season at 18-7.
- Times staff