Steinbrenner High has been around for five volleyball seasons. After their 25-20, 25-21, 31-33, 25-21 win over Wiregrass Ranch in the Class 7A, District 8 championship match Friday, the Warriors now have taken the title every year they've existed.
And though the top-seeded Warriors are certainly familiar with the feeling of being champions, coach Laura Stegenga said this title wasn't any less sweet.
"It's a new team every year, and they have different accomplishments every year," she said. "They should be proud of themselves every year."
Outside hitter Avery Bradshaw led the Warriors with 26 kills against the Bulls, and libero Casey McLean was the key when the Warriors pulled away.
"We were neck-and-neck to 18, and when we got in the 20s, she just broke us through with her serve," Stegenga said of McLean, who finished with four aces. "I do remember her being very aggressive with her serve, not being timid, and that really paid off."
Despite their many postseason trips, the Warriors have yet to win a region title. Last season Steinbrenner lost the final against Venice in three sets.
Still, another district championship, Stegenga said, puts the Warriors one step closer to realizing that dream of owning a region crown.
"They want a regional title on that banner," she said. "They've just got to keep working hard, and hopefully that can come true for us."
Steinbrenner hosts Plant City at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wiregrass Ranch visits Durant at the same time.