TARPON SPRINGS — Terry Small has had some very good volleyball teams at East Lake, and sometimes, those very good teams went into matches with overmatched opponents and underwhelmed while winning.
Not this one.
The Eagles didn't have any lapses in concentration, cruising to a 25-11, 25-9, 25-15 victory over Boca Ciega in a neat and tidy 45 minutes Tuesday night in a Class 5A region quarterfinal.
"You like to see that level of concentration," Small said, and really, there wasn't much else to add.
The Eagles (23-4) dominated all facets of play, led by Brianna McComeskey (14 kills), Jackie Wegner (10 kills), Lauran Eschenroeder (9 kills) and Rachel Reed (30 assists, five aces).
Boca Ciega was too small to compete at the net and not slick enough to get any offense going. Mary Burkett had a kill then served three straight points for the Pirates in the first set, one of their few highlights.
A small crowd — even East Lake's usually boisterous student section was a fraction of its typical self, in size and volume — watched the Eagles win a playoff match for the first time since 2003.
In 2004 the Eagles were beaten by Northeast in the first round, and the past two seasons were swept out of the playoffs in straight sets by eventual state champion Plant.