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PALM HARBOR — The Hurricanes have a nickname for senior spiker Cassandra Roy. They call her Fuego, meaning fire, and appropriately she was on fire Wednesday night.
Roy had 14 kills, nine service points and even an ace as Palm Harbor University (21-3) advanced to the 6A-7 finals with a 25-12, 25-11, 25-13 victory over Sarasota (10-17).
Two of Roy’s kills were hit so hard they deflected off opponents’ body parts and ended up in a balcony over the gymnasium. A third shot hit the balcony railing.
“When I play a competitive team or one of our rivals, I step it up and really get into the game,” she said. “I get very aggressive. You can ask my teammates. It’s a whole different me.”
Sarasota scored only 12 points off its serve. The Sailors never had an offensive rally that lasted more than three consecutive points.
Sarasota had a 9-8 lead in game three, but PHU finished the night by outscoring the Sailors 17-4.
Caitlyn Kovach served 13 points, including five aces. Cassandra Wilkinson had 32 assists, and Gerry Eichelberger and Chelsea King recorded seven kills apiece.
PHU faces Countryside in Friday’s final.