The higher the stakes, the higher the Lemon Bay volleyball team rises to the occasion.
In their District 5A-13 championship game against Cypress Lake, the Manta Rays didn’t allow their opponents to breathe as they swept their way to a 25-14, 25-10, 25-15 victory.
Lemon Bay (20-4) will host Estero, which it beat once this season, on Wednesday in the regional quarterfinals, while Cypress Lake will go to Lely.
Cypress Lake (12-14) stayed close for much of the final game, taking the lead briefly before the Mantas refocused as Alannah Keisling served them into the lead for good and senior libero Delaney Costello served out the match.
The Panthers were led by Brooke Paulsen with eight kills and six digs and Shelby Klare’s five digs.