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TAMPA — The start to the 2011 season for Indian Rocks Christian has been, well, perfect.
Entering their match at Academy of the Holy Names, the Golden Eagles hadn’t dropped a game all year, going 18-for-18 in four regular-season matches and two preseason tilts.
On Tuesday, the Golden Eagles made it 21-for-21.
IRC was businesslike in its approach against the Jaguars, using a multi-faceted attack to build an insurmountable lead in each game and roll to a 25-15, 25-19, 25-16 victory.
“I’m very impressed with what they’ve been doing so far this year,” IRC coach Mark Foster said.
The Golden Eagles (5-0) are powered by 6-foot-2 Division I prospect Madi Loebel but showed a diversified offense. Loebel and Emiline Lazzeri each had eight kills, and Loebel added six blocks. Senior middle hitter Kindall Edwards paced the Golden Eagles with a team-high nine kills and, like her team, has been perfect the past two matches, going 24-for-24 in attack chances.
“They have good passing, they’re very consistent and they have the attackers,” AHN coach Jeff Davis said.
AHN (7-3) showed grit despite missing three starters. Brynn Wiley hasn’t played this season. Mica Wiley has been ill the past two matches, and Jennifer Aprile, the team’s sophomore setter, was also sick.
The absences showed. The Jaguars had moments where they tested IRC, but not enough. Leading 8-7, IRC won nine of the next 10 points to break open Game 1.
The Jaguars pulled to 18-16 in Game 2 on a block from Becca Prossen, but the Golden Eagles took six of the next seven points.
After grabbing a 10-7 advantage in Game 3, IRC never let the lead slip below four the rest of the way.
The Jaguars’ Chandler Cartwright led all players with 10 kills. Lily Veith added five kills and Prossen had four kills and two blocks.
“I think when we have our full team we’ll be fine,” Davis said.