CLEARWATER — Clearwater concluded its regular season undefeated in Class 7A, District 10 with a dominating performance, sweeping district rival Seminole 25-19, 25-17, 25-15 Tuesday.
With a 23-17 lead in Game 1, the Tornadoes struggled to put away the Warhawks. After a serving error by Clearwater’s Danielle Pasqualone, Seminole’s Marissa Lisenbee rallied her team, blasting a huge kill and cutting the deficit to 23-19.
Seminole’s push stalled with a serving error by Alex Jones, followed by a kill from Nikki O’Rourke to end the game.
“Our nerves were there because it’s senior night and we were a little emotional,” Clearwater coach Kara Betourne said. “It took a couple of minutes for our nerves to calm down.”
Holding onto a 15-12 lead in Game 3, Clearwater’s Haley Barrett scored consecutive aces and was responsible for four of the Tornadoes’ next five points. Multiple errors by Seminole (11-8, 6-4) were its eventual undoing.
“(Seminole) has always given us competition,” said O’Rourke, who finished with 13 kills and six digs. “Marissa Lisenbee’s a good friend of mine and she played hard and they always give us a challenge.”
The Tornadoes (18-7, 10-0) haven’t won a district title since 2004, and Betourne plans on using this momentum to carry her team through the district tournament.
“It gives us that much more confidence going into the districts next week,” Betourne said.