TAMPA — After losing its district final, Lakeland Santa Fe Catholic knew it would have a tough match with Tampa Prep. It took the Terrapins 45 minutes Wednesday to sweep the Crimson Hawks, 25-4, 25-7, 25-4.
"We play tough matches during the regular season to get to this point," Terrapins coach Mike Flynn said.
Riding the serves of Megan Aschenbrenner, Lauren Shelmon and Caroline Dillabough, the Terrapins used 11 aces to control the first game. They strung together runs of five, 12 and five to pound the Crimson Hawks into submission.
In the second game the Crimson Hawks took their only lead of the night at 2-0 before Savannah Cantrell, Katie Krueger and Latora Lofgren took control at the net, forcing Santa Fe into hitting errors.
"The girls keep themselves focused," Flynn said. "They want a state championship and know at the end of the road it takes a lot of hard work."
The third game was more of the same as Aschenbrenner and Ericka McGriff used strong serves to disrupt the Crimson Hawks' rhythm.
"It takes discipline and focus in a match like tonight," Flynn said. "Our other matches won't be like that."