SEMINOLE — The last time East Lake and Clearwater met, Eagles sophomore Brianna McComeskey called it a scary five-game match.
Friday night in the 5A-11 championship, East Lake won the title 25-22, 25-14, 25-18.
What was the difference?
"We got out-hustled, out-played and out-coached," Clearwater coach Joe Dixon said. "They shut down our primary attack. The shut down our transition attack. They out-served us."
The Tornadoes (15-6) jumped to a 7-1 lead in Game 1 and looked to be the class of the floor, but the Eagles (22-4) fought back for a 13-all tie and held on to win by three points.
McComeskey said trailing 7-1 in the beginning of the match was a huge factor.
"After the first few points of the first game, we got our butts kicked a little bit," she said. "We realized, 'Whoa, we're behind and we need to pick it up.' After that, we took off."
Even in Game 3 with a big lead, the early six-point deficit came into play. During a timeout the entire East Lake team was reminded of the early Clearwater rally.
"This team can beat you. This team can get a lead on you. We had to finish it," said McComeskey, who finished with 10 kills and six serving points, including an ace. Teammate Jackie Wegner served nine points and had three aces.
Dixon looked at his players after the game and said, "I wouldn't want to be the team that plays us next."