Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Volleyball: Clearwater gets message in time for win

SEMINOLE — During a break between the first and second games of Tuesday night's Class 7A, District 9 match between Clearwater and Seminole, Tornadoes coach Kara Betourne had a not-so-subtle message for her team.

"I had to scream at them a little bit," Betourne said. "I had to tell them that, hey, this is a district game. We need to show up and play."

After losing the first game, Clearwater turned things around for a 22-25, 25-20, 25-13, 25-17 for a win.

Clearwater jumped out to a 7-1 lead in the first game but Seminole stormed back to tie at 8-8. It stayed close throughout and was tied at 19. Then two Tornadoes errors and a kill by Kona Peterson made it 22-19. The Warhawks won on another Seminole error.

Then Clearwater's front line of Sam Reeves, Maddie Rubino and Allie Russell got to work. With Haley Barrett setting them up, the Tornadoes threesome started to wear out the Warhawks.

That was especially true in the third game, when Clearwater (5-3, 2-0) started off on a 10-3 run behind three Reeves kills. She continued her dominance at the net, and libero Caitlin Stoner kept several points alive.

"When Sam gets a kill it's contagious," Betourne said. "There's an energy that goes through the team and on the bench. The same thing happens when Caitlin gets those digs."

In the final game Seminole (5-5, 0-1) took a 9-6 lead. Then the Tornadoes went on an 8-0 run with Reeves on the bench. Russell had an ace and two kills during the streak and Ciara Lusnia and Rubino also had big kills.

Seminole could get within only three points after the run.

"We have to play as a team," Betourne said. "The chemistry is important. It makes a huge difference, and that's what helped us tonight."

Volleyball: Clearwater gets message in time for win 09/10/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 11:26pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Life sentence for man convicted in killing of brother of Bucs' Kwon Alexander

    Bucs

    An Alabama man who shot and killed the 17-year-old brother of Bucs linebacker Kwon Alexander in 2015 was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday, the Anniston (Ala.) Star reported.

  2. Rays journal: Blake Snell continues roll in win over Cubs (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — It was still a game in the fifth inning when LHP Blake Snell walked the leadoff batter, then allowed a single. One swing by the Cubs' Ian Happ (22 home runs) could put a dent in the Rays' three-run lead.

    Blake Snell allows just two hits in pitching seven scoreless innings.
  3. Remember him? Numbers prove Ben Zobrist is one of greatest Rays of all time

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — The first foray back to the Trop by the best manager the Rays have had obscured the second return visit by arguably the second-best player in franchise history.

    Figures.

    Chicago Cubs second baseman Ben Zobrist (18) grounds into a double play to end the top of the third inning of the game between the Chicago Cubs and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017.
  4. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Wednesday's Rays-Cubs game

    The Heater

    One success story of this lost season is the emergence of LHP Blake Snell as the frontline starter the Rays projected. After a rough start and two demotions, he has been rolling, Wednesday's solid seven innings making him 4-0, 2.57 in his past eight starts.

  5. Rays at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. Thursday, Camden Yards, Baltimore

    The Heater

    Tonight: at Orioles

    7:05, Camden Yards, Baltimore

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM; 680-AM (Spanish)

    Probable pitchers

    This is a 2017 photo of Matt Andriese of the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team. This image reflects the 2017 active roster as of Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017 when this image was taken. (AP Photo/David Goldman)