LAKELAND — Indian Rocks Christian overpowered Lakeland Christian 25-10, 25-13, 25-20 in the Class 2A region quarterfinal Tuesday.
Under a strong attack from the Golden Eagles (21-7) all match, the Vikings struggled to get into their offense. Leading attacker Leigh-Ann Davis managed just four kills and added seven digs. Raquel Cabrera also had four kills and four blocks. Melissa Murphy had four aces, two kills and six digs, and Emily Diggs had five digs.
After losing two one-sided games, the Vikings battled in the third game but hurt themselves with eight service errors. They tied the score at 16 and trailed by just two at 22-20.
But IRC sophomore Marisa Moralobo's stuff block made it 23-20 as the Golden Eagles pulled away. Moralobo led Indian Rocks with 11 kills and seven aces. Senior Kenzie Reynolds had seven kills and two aces, and Sarah Bash and Rachael Jones each had three aces. Madison Loebel had four kills.
The Vikings (14-6) have made the regional playoffs 12 consecutive years but have only two playoff wins, the last in 2005. First-year coach Allie Henderson is hoping to work on that next year with a tougher schedule.
"A disadvantage we had is that we had a weak schedule," she said. "We weren't in a lot of tournaments so we haven't faced a team of this caliber."