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PLANT CITY — It wasn’t a flawless performance, but Durant overcame mistakes to preserve its perfect district record Tuesday night.
The Cougars consistently put themselves in a hole with errors but battled back to finish off the sweep against Plant City, 25-21, 25-22, 25-19. The victory wrapped up the district season for Durant (11-4, 6-0), giving it the top seed in the Class 5A-8 tournament.
“The girls came out and we felt like we were the best team in the district, and we wanted to come out and prove it. It was a big win,” Cougars coach Jeff Davis said. “I think for us, just to have that top seed, whether we were undefeated or not, means a lot.”
Davis said he didn’t think his team played its best match, and both squads struggled with errors — made obvious by the fact that Durant senior Alison Wade led all players with only 10 kills. Setter Taylor Hackemack racked up 20 assists, while libero Katlyn Messick led the Cougars with 17 digs.
“It showed a lot of our character,” Davis said. “I’m just happy that at the end of the games we really kept our composure. Even though we hadn’t been playing well, we made big plays at the end of the match.”
Plant City (6-5, 4-2) also finished up its district season in encouraging fashion, Raiders coach Kerri Ann Grosso said. She singled out libero Alix Hooker, who led the match with 22 digs and scored four service aces, and senior Analise Coffee, who tied for the team lead with four kills and also recorded four blocks.
“I’m glad to see my team back to where they were playing,” Grosso said. “If we handle ourselves and carry ourselves the way we need to the next two weeks and keep playing the way we’ve been playing, we’re going to do some damage in districts.”