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Keswick battles back, earns first win over Bayshore in more than six seasons

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Mon. October 4, 2010 | Bob Putnam | Email

ST. PETERSBURG — For nearly two games Monday, it appeared Bayshore Christian would continue its dominance over Keswick Christian.

The Faith Warriors, a region finalist a year ago, found open spots for service aces and kills to build a commanding 20-4 lead in the first game en route to a 25-12 victory. The second game was similar to the first, at least in the beginning as Bayshore Christian built a 17-10 lead.

Then Crusaders coach Karrmayne King called a time out. She pleaded with her players to dive for balls, to move their feet, to make something happen.

They did.

Keswick Christian rallied to twice tie the second before falling 25-23. Trailing by two games, the Crusaders won the next three for a stunning 12-25, 23-25, 25-19, 25-15, 15-13 victory.

It was the first time the Crusaders had beaten Bayshore Christian in more than six seasons.

“We had homecoming last week, and I wondered how we would come out for this match,” King said. “We started flat. I had to encourage them to make things happen instead of waiting for it to come to them.” 

After winning the third and fourth games, Keswick Christian (17-1) fell behind 6-1 in the fifth. But a block and a kill by Sarah Trill helped the Crusaders go on a run to go up 10-8. The Crusaders never trailed after that. 

Alexa Dietz had 14 kills and Trill had nine blocks to lead Keswick. Madison Schmidt had a team-high 13 kills and four blocks for the Faith Warriors (7-5). 

“We’re a young team, and we haven’t learned how to play at an even keel,” Bayshore Christian coach Melanie Humenansky said.

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