SEMINOLE — From the start, it appeared East Lake had everything under control Monday against Seminole.
In the first game, the Eagles built a 13-2 lead behind the serving of Jackie Wegner, who had three aces. East Lake went on cruise control from there, winning 25-15.
The second game was not the same. Serves hit the net. Kills were errant. Blocks were wide. Suddenly, the Eagles were down 23-20.
It seemed like a perfect time for East Lake coach Terry Small to call time out, stomp his feet and throw his hands in the air.
Yet Small was undisturbed. He simply kept the faith and his team practiced everything he preached. The Eagles played solid defense, were mistake-free on serves and Small pushed every button but the one marked "panic."
East Lake rallied, scoring six of the final seven to win the second game and went on to win the match 25-15, 26-24, 26-24.
"We made some mistakes that allowed us to fall behind, especially in the second game," Small said. "But the girls kept their composure, responded and were able to come back. I was pleased to see what we were able to do with our backs behind the wall."
The Eagles (11-2) were playing without libero Andria Tagarelli, who has a muscle strain in her back. Ashley Goettel took her spot and finished with 11 kills.
East Lake's Brittnay Estes had a team-high 13 kills and 10 digs to go along with five aces.
"We had some adversity dealing with an injury and the girls stepped up against a real good Seminole team," Small said.
The loss dropped the Warhawks to 11-5.