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LUTZ — Steinbrenner’s expectations for 2010 are identical to last year’s: Win the Class 4A-9 district title and make some noise in the playoffs.
The Warriors took care of the first part of that goal in 2009 but were knocked out of the postseason in the first round.
But after Thursday’s seemingly easy sweep over Strawberry Crest, 25-13, 25-10, 25-18, the Warriors believe getting past the first round this time will become reality.
“I feel like we came out exactly like we need to,” Steinbrenner coach Staci Elias said. “One of our goals was the district title and the next one was winning a regional championship. We have the experience and the girls know how it felt to lose in the first round of regionals last year on their home floor.”
There was no doubt left on the Warriors’ home court Thursday night as once again junior outside hitter Miranda Powell was outstanding in the first two games, combining for seven kills, four aces and two blocks.
In the last game, Steinbrenner (18-9) became a little complacent and Strawberry Crest (12-4) took advantage, as outside hitter Jamee Townsend (five kills) got back-to-back kills to give the Chargers a 12-9 advantage.
But the Warriors rallied behind senior Megan Moyer’s three blocks to seal the game 25-18 and the earn district title.