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6A volleyball: Plant pushes aside Palm Harbor U.

PALM HARBOR — Plant volleyball coach Leanna Taylor felt her team didn't put together its finest performance Tuesday in a region semifinal road contest at Palm Harbor University.

The Hurricanes may beg to differ.

The Panthers blitzed PHU, arguably Pinellas County's best team, 25-14, 25-13, 25-16 in another shockingly easy playoff sweep. Since the start of the district tournament, Plant (26-1) has won all but two games by double digits.

"We're playing well, sure, just some things are off," Taylor said. "You don't want to see balls drop on the floor and we had a couple here and there. We'll work on that (today)."

The Panthers' mistakes were few and far between. After letting the Hurricanes (23-4) hang around early in each game, Plant demoralized its opponent by running off multiple points to take control.

In Game 1, Plant turned a 10-7 advantage into a 17-7 lead. Ahead 10-6 in Game 2, the Panthers won eight of 10 points.

And with PHU holding its deepest lead of the night in Game 3 at 10-7, Plant reeled off 12 straight points on Alex Johnson's serve to punish the Hurricanes into submission.

"At times I don't think we shook the last point off and were still thinking about the last point when the next point came," PHU senior outside hitter Cassie Roy said.

Plant, which got seven blocks from Leah Jordan and 12 digs apiece from Katie Daorai and Ali McCurdy, limited PHU to 11 total kills.

Panthers senior outside hitter Maddie Martin, who needed 14 kills entering Tuesday's match to record 1,000 for her high school career, finished with a team-high 18. She received a round of applause after her accomplishment was announced before the start of the third game.

"She is stinking good," Taylor said.

Plant d>> Palm Harbor U>>

25-14, 25-13, 25-16

6A volleyball: Plant pushes aside Palm Harbor U. 11/10/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 10, 2009 11:05pm]
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