They won’t all be this easy.
The Bishop Verot Vikings coasted to a 3-0 (25-6, 25-4, 25-15) victory against Clewiston on Wednesday in the first round of the Region 4A-4 volleyball playoffs at Bishop Verot High School.
Wednesday’s match took less than an hour to complete.
Next up is the region semifinal at home Tuesday against LaBelle. The Cowgirls defeated Fort Pierce Lincoln Academy 3-0 (25-12, 25-18, 25-11) in another Region 4A-4 quarterfinal.
The Vikings (21-6) are 3-0 against LaBelle this season, including a 3-0 victory Oct. 24 in the District 4A-11 tournament final.
“We didn’t make too many mistakes,” Bishop Verot coach Jeremy Ridgeo said. “When we did give up points, we sided out right away.
“It was a good effort. We got to play everybody in the match tonight. We got some of the younger players some time. So it was a good match for us.”
Bishop Verot recorded 20 service aces in the match, seven by Julia Canzano.
Ridgeo said the weeklong layoff since the district final had been good for the Vikings.
“Physically I think it’s helping us rest up, but the important part is that in the drudge of the season playing three times a week, that can get rough mentally,” Ridgeo said. “So really for us, we were able to slow it down for a week. We’ll speed it up tomorrow in practice and pick it up Monday in practice for another big one on Tuesday.
“But it’s been really good for some of our players who weren’t really injured but had soreness and were able to work through that, which will help a lot. High school season is long, plus they’ve got testing, they’ve got school. It becomes tough mentally, so relaxing a little bit really helps.”
Lauren Sheeley had 11 kills, Emily Hudson nine kills and four blocks and Ashlyn Brown had 19 assists for the Vikings.
The Clewiston Tigers (8-13), runners-up in District 4A-12, didn’t have a single senior Wednesday. Coach Kathy Reynolds’ squad consisted of four juniors, three sophomores and three freshmen. Bishop Verot, by comparison, had six seniors, two juniors, a sophomore and two freshmen.
“No seniors, we’re coming off a couple of injuries,” Reynolds said. “One girl is going to have shoulder surgery next week.”
The Tigers didn’t have a lead until brief 3-1 and 5-4 advantages in the third game.
Still, a district runner-up trophy and a trip to the playoffs gives Clewiston something to build on for next season.
“Absolutely,” Reynolds said. “I’m very pleased.”