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Loss Doesn't Tarnish Sunlake's Debut

Staff
Published:   |   Updated: March 26, 2013 at 06:59 PM

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LAND O' LAKES - The Sunlake High fans were enthusiastic and loud as they watched their varsity volleyball team play its first match Tuesday.

Other Pasco County school teams would have been envious.

The Seahawks did not play any preseason matches, so this was a true volleyball debut.

Ridgewood High's Daylyn Williamson served up 11 points, leading the Rams to a 25-19, 25-13, 25-8 victory over the Seahawks.

It was the first athletic event played at the new school.

Sunlake's Taylor Almand had five kills for the Seahawks.

'They came out strong,' said Sunlake coach Ramiro Tejada. 'They have been nervous all day. They have been champing at the bit all summer. We missed nine serves in our first game. We missed eight serves in our second game. We had a lot of errors. They can play a lot better than what they did tonight.

'These girls can all serve and put the ball where they want to. Mental errors and simple mistakes hurt.'

'She outside hitter Lizmanelie Garcia is one of our better hitters. She came from down south somewhere in South Florida. She played club volleyball. Caitlin Schmidt also played club volleyball. It's not like they haven't played before. They were nervous.

'The crowd came up and supported the team. They were a little loud. I think we are going to keep having good support. The parental support has been amazing. The parents have been great. The kids have been great. It's exciting.

'It is good to have it over. These girls have been practicing for a week. I am still mixing and matching the girls. It will take a little while to get to where we want to be. The girls have talent.

'One girl, Kara Fischer, has never played before. The others have played club. Eventually, we will get where we want to be.'

Ridgewood volleyball coach Amber Starkey was impressed with the Seahawks.

The Rams won six games last year but have their core back.

They also added Sarangelys Cruz, who moved here from Puerto Rico and is bringing a lot of strength to the front.

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