TAMPA — The test required only 58 minutes and Plant easily passed. It was time for coach Leanna Taylor to give her grade on a 10-point scale.
"I thought we played a seven,” said Taylor after her Panthers rolled past Sarasota Riverview 25-6, 25-17, 25-14 Tuesday in a Class 6A region quarterfinal.
“At times, we looked really well. But then I was a little bit disappointed in some plays that were kind of uncharacteristic. To get this team to where they want to be, we just constantly have to be evaluating and improving.”
Plant (20-6) advances to play Palm Harbor University on Tuesday in its pursuit of a fifth straight state championship and 10th overall.
The Panthers were especially sharp early, scoring 23 of 25 points in the first and second games. Riverview (19-8), competing in its first regional in six years, ended the first two games with hitting errors. Plant’s Alex Johnson ended the match with a kill.
“We had too many unforced errors,” Riverview coach Nina Singleton said. “Plant is an experienced team, a confident team. “And perhaps there was a lack of confidence on our part.”
Tina Catanach (10 kills, three aces, nine digs), Maren Douglas (30 assists) and Charlotte Hill (14 digs) led Plant. The Panthers served at a 90.1 percent rate. Riverview struggled from the service line at 83 percent.