WESLEY CHAPEL — Apparently, it was closer than it should have been.
“They played down tonight,” Wiregrass Ranch coach Mindy Kantor said. “If they played with the tempo they had played against Steinbrenner (on Tuesday), it wouldn’t have been as close.”
Despite sweeping Sunshine Athletic Conference opponent Anclote in three sets — 26-24, 25-20, 25-18 — Kantor felt the Bulls handing the Sharks their first loss of the young season should have come easier.
“Maybe they were gassed, because three of our four games (Mitchell, Steinbrenner, Anclote) have been against tough teams,” Kantor said. “But I have nine seniors, and they’ve all been here four years, so they need to communicate and lead. ... Once they started to listen to that and realize coach knows what she’s talking about, you started to see that tempo later in the game.”
The Bulls (3-1) were led by Grace Olsen, who had 13 kills, and Madi Besterfield, who added six.
Teddi Wright put away four aces, while Courtney Rottum contributed three blocks.
Anclote coach Chris Vergnaud got solid play from Mia Lockhart, Aaliyah Anderson and Nicole Gonzalez, but losing 10 service points was the difference maker.
“We played really well, but that’s a great team that you can’t take anything away from,” Vergnaud said. “I thought the team that made the least mistakes would win, and if we eliminate those mistakes, we come away with a win or two.”
Anclote doesn’t get a break, having to face district opponent Fivay (2-0) tonight.
“One thing about our team is that they’re mentally strong,” Vergnaud said.
“We’ll get on the bus and talk about what we did right and wrong and (keep the) right stuff for the next game, which just happens to be Fivay.”