PALM HARBOR — Looking around the Palm Harbor University gym moments before the Hurricanes’ Class 6A-7 district semifinal versus North Port, it looked as if no one got the memo that there was a game at 7 p.m.
And just a little more than an hour later, the few fans filed out after the Hurricanes downed the Bobcats 25-8, 25-6, 25-16 Wednesday night.
“We played them earlier in the season and did real well against (North Port),” PHU coach Tara Kuk said. “Our game plan was to play consistent and make sure we were in control of the match.”
From start to finish, Palm Harbor U. (16-7) was on cruise control. The Hurricanes jumped out to a 17-5 advantage, led by outside hitter Chelsea Davis’ five kills in the first game. The Hurricanes won the first game 25-8 and got three aces from junior middle hitter Sammy Eichelberger (three kills) to begin the second game.
North Port (8-16) would not end its season quietly though, tying third game at 13. But unforced errors and miscues hampered any comeback, and Davis (11 kills) recorded five more kills in the last game.
“This was the first game of districts so we wanted to start off strong,” Davis said. “We came out fired up. We want to keep the mind-set of winning every match.”