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4A-7 volleyball: Hudson, Ridgewood set up 1 vs. 2 in title game

HUDSON — The tournament bracket shook out as expected.

There was little drama en route to tonight's Class 4A, District 7 championship game.

Top-seeded Hudson made quick work of Mitchell in Wednesday, sweeping the Mustangs 25-11, 25-16, 25-21.

The Cobras were led by seniors Jessica Imbimbo (12 kills), Shannon Zasloff (eight kills), Katy McGee (six kills) and Cara Carley (six kills). Hudson libero Jessica Christianson again was stellar in the back.

The Cobras (23-3) played their best in Game 2, as they never trailed. In the third game, Mitchell (13-11) led most of the way by as many as three points. But Hudson took the lead at 21-20 on its way to a sweep.

Now the focus turns to Ridgewood, a team the Cobras swept in the previous two meetings.

"They're a good team," Hudson first-year coach Shayna Munson said of the Rams. "I expect it to be a battle. I know they're not going to give up and they're going to be just as fired up. … This means a lot to everybody."

Ridgewood, the No. 2 seed, swept Pasco (9-15) in similar fashion, 25-20, 25-12, 25-23.

The Rams (19-7) were led Sarangelys Cruz (16 kills), Jessica Mattos (12 digs) and Lauren Vanker (14 kills, four blocks).

Rams coach Amber Starkey said earning a playoff berth, as the Cobras and Rams did, is not enough.

"We came in second last year," Starkey said. "We're not going to be just happy with making the playoffs."

Izzy Gould can be reached at or (813) 421-3886.

Hudson def>> Mitchell

25-11, 25-16, 25-21

4A-7 volleyball: Hudson, Ridgewood set up 1 vs. 2 in title game 10/28/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 28, 2009 11:03pm]
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