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Volleyball: Fivay fights way to Classic championship

BY ANDY VILLAMARZO
Tribune correspondent

Published:   |   Updated: September 28, 2013 at 09:30 PM

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HUDSON — It would come down to two Pasco County teams in the final of the Fivay Volleyball Classic, as host Fivay took on Sunlake. The Falcons were able to get past a solid Weeki Wachee team in the semifinals and knocked off the Seahawks in a back-and-forth contest, 25-23, 25-23 Saturday afternoon.

“I think the girls just stayed in it and stayed focus the whole way through,” Fivay coach Nikki Pollock said. “(Sunlake) kept coming back, and we went back and forth, but we really pushed through to finish the match strong.

“Winning this championship really helps our confidence, and it tells the kids we can win tight games.”

In Fivay’s semifinal match against Weeki Wachee, the Falcons opened up a huge lead in the first game and were up as much as 22-6 at one point. The Hornets, though, would change the tide of the match in their favor and Chreslyn Serama (11 kills) led the charge to help Weeki Wachee take the second game 25-18.

The only time Weeki Wachee would lead in the vital third set was at 12-11, but unforced errors and timely kills by Fivay would end up being the main factors.

Alyssa Cupples (21 assists), Miranda Werkmeister (15 digs, seven kills) and Zoey Murchio (15 digs) paced Weeki Wachee on the day. Fivay’s leaders in the semifinal were Ashleigh Nemetz (six kills), Alli Hudson (four kills) and Amber Lake, who had two kills out of 19 attempts made vs. the Hornets.

“This tournament really helps us prepare for the turning point heading into districts,” Werkmeister added. “There’s a lot of good competition at this tournament. All 10 teams that took part are very good squads, and playing the games that we did was a lot of ball play. We competed and played better from last year’s 1-3 mark in this tourney.”

In the title game, Fivay had to grind out two grueling match victories over a Sunlake squad that defeated Countryside 25-19, 25-23.

The first set featured numerous ties toward the end of the game, with errors proving to be the downfall for Sunlake.

The Falcons received a boost in the second game by notching several key aces early on that put them up 12-6.

Sunlake worked its way back into the match with a couple of aces from Gianna Basulto and came within 24-23. Fivay, though, was able to notch the winning point to claim the championship.

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