FORT MYERS — Tampa Prep’s road to the Class 2A state final four has not been easy.
Terrapins coach Mike Flynn thinks that might be the edge his team needs to capture a state title next week at the Lakeland Center.
Tampa Prep survived its second straight five-game match, holding off resilient host Evangelical Christian 25-18, 16-25, 25-22, 16-25, 15-8 in a Class 2A region final Saturday. Tampa Prep (13-15) will make its third straight final four appearance and 22nd overall Wednesday.
“You know what, our girls just have this mindset — silver medals are not for them,” Flynn said. “That’s their mindset. That’s what motivates them every day in practice.”
Flynn credited his team’s tough five-game region semifinal win Tuesday over Indian Rocks Christian for preparing them for ECS (23-6) and beyond.
“It’s good for us,” said Flynn, whose team has lost in the state semifinal and final the past two years.
Tied 5-all in the fifth game, Terrapins senior hitter Gabby Fernandez recorded three kills as Tampa Prep scored the next seven points to take an insurmountable lead. Senior hitter Ericka McGriff also had two kills in that decisive run.
“I’ve played in a lot of big matches and big hits is what I do,” Fernandez said. “We’ve been in these situations so many times we know how to deal with them, what it takes and how to go about our business.”