Seacrest Country Day School got out a big broom in its match against Southwest Florida Christian Academy Tuesday night. But a sweep turned out to be harder than originally thought against the Kings.
The Stingrays won the first set easily but then were pressed to the limit in the final two sets in a 3-0 victory in their volleyball region semifinal matchup with the Kings at Southwest Florida Christian Academy.
Seacrest won the first one 25-16 but overcame a deficit late for 25-22, 25-21 wins in the final two sets.
Seacrest (25-5) now meets either Merritt Island Christian or Pine School in the region final Saturday afternoon at Seacrest in Naples.
SFCA coach Justin Altman felt experience was the big difference in the game.
“We have no seniors and two juniors. Seacrest had some great senior leadership,” said SFCA coach Justin Altman. “It also came down to the fact that Seacrest has a lot of size and athleticism. They did a good job of mixing up their offense and keeping us off-guard. They did some great serving.”
For the Kings (13-16), Abby Farrell and Lauren Johnson each had eight kills. Megan Todd had 28 digs. Setter Nicole Nicely was central to the SFCA offense with 27 assists.
Seacrest got off to a 8-4 lead in the first set. The Kings later got to within two points, but then the Stingrays got its serving together and cruised to a nine-point victory. Thanks to its short dinks on offense that found the floor between SFCA defenders, Seacrest won game two after the Kings led 18-16 late.
The Kings refused to go quietly in the third. SFCA led 12-8 and the game wound up being knotted three different times later. Tied at 21-21, the Stingrays came up with the last four points.
There may have been no consoling the Kings after a big loss, but Altman told the team, “We’ve got everyone back for next year, because nobody is graduating. We can go as far as we want to if we work hard at it. Anything is possible.”