TAMPA — Coming off a hard-fought and emotional district championship victory Thursday night, Bayshore Christian could have been primed for a letdown. Outside hitter Valencia King and middle hitter Madison Schmitt made sure that didn't happen.
King tallied 20 kills and Schmitt finished with 16 to lead Bayshore Christian to a 25-12, 25-20, 25-11 sweep over Lakeland Sonrise Christian on Tuesday night.
"It's nice to know you have two players to step up," said Faith Warriors coach Melanie Humenansky, whose team played without star Gabby Fernandez (shoulder). "They played together and were consistent."
The Faith Warriors opened the match with four straight points, including two kills by King. After having a few runs broken up by hitting errors, BCS put together nine straight points and closed the game on a kill by Schmitt.
Sonrise Christian's best chance came in the second game as it took advantage of some sloppy play by the Faith Warriors to stay close. Schmitt and King, however, found a rhythm, combining for seven kills to squash any hope for Sonrise.
"After a big win and with the pace of that game (district championship game), it was hard to adapt to the slower pace," Humenansky said.
In the third game the Faith Warriors and Seminoles traded the first eight points before the Faith Warriors finished them off.
"We had to be confident but not overconfident and still play hard every single point," Schmitt said.
"We most likely have to play the same team from last week (Bradenton Christian School) and we have to keep pushing."