HUDSON — Fivay had a bad taste in its mouth after getting bounced from the Falcon Classic, its own tournament, a few days ago.
The Falcons got back on track Tuesday night with a key Class 5A, District 8 victory in four games over Zephyrhills, 25-17, 20-25, 26-24, 25-19.
Fivay (11-7) now has eight more victories than it did all of last season in the school’s first campaign. Falcons coach Linda McQuade, a longtime success at Hudson, has found a formula for winning with her new team.
“Fivay played gutsy defense and kept some rallies alive,” Zephyrhills coach Dan Muir said. “We just weren’t able to convert late in the match. We made too many errors, knocking the balls out of bounds and into the net.”
Junior hitter Kamber DeWitt, who came into the contest leading the team in kills, registered 10 more for Fivay to help push her squad.
A week after its first district loss to Ridgewood, Zephyrhills (8-6) has lost two in a row and drops to 5-2. After a difficult first game, it looked like the visiting team was primed to come back strong, winning the second and pushing the Falcons to the limit in the third.
“My girls this year seem to be slow starters,” Muir said. “Physically, we started to pass much better in the second (game) and got an opportunity to attack.”
Playing without injured setter Erica Kinsman, the Bulldogs made an adjustment to distribute the ball to their hitters. Danielle Muir slipped in to replace Kinsman, the team’s most experienced setter, and did a solid job. Kaitlyn Blount led Zephyrhills with 12 kills.