Evangelical Christian School began its quest for a fifth state volleyball title Tuesday with a 25-5, 25-11, 25-16 victory over First Baptist Academy in the Region 3A-4 quarterfinals at ECS.
“They played really well tonight,” ECS coach Liz Ferguson said her squad. “Serving was pretty strong for the team and it was nice to be able to get some of the young players in to see what it was like for them to play in a playoff atmosphere.”
After the second set victory was clinched by ECS, Ferguson let her young players who were called up from the junior varsity team play the entire third set.
“They did a great job,” Ferguson said. “They were able to shake off the nerves and I’m looking forward to seeing how they play the next few weeks. I’m really trying to groom them for when I lose my six seniors.”
Senior Ginny Moore led the way for the Sentinels (22-5) by notching seven kills and serving up a game-high five aces. Fellow Class of 2014 members Sydney Ferguson and Schuyler Moore also stood out with six kills and 22 assists, respectively.
The team hopes to continue its winning ways on Monday night against Community School of Naples in the Region 3A-4 semifinal. ECS has lost only one match in over a month and the team is aiming to make the trip to Kissimmee for the Class 3A state finals. The Sentinels fell one step shy of that goal last season, when they lost in the region final to Clearwater Central Catholic.
“We’ve made some adjustments defensively and we have been working hard on serving aggressively, but the biggest thing is that the team has started to come together,” Coach Ferguson said. “They’ve always been like sisters, but now it’s been taken to a new level with the common goal of states in their mind.”