Alyma Dorsey took the volleyball struggle between Dunedin and Clearwater into her own hands. Dorsey served, spiked and hustled, powering Dunedin's Falcons to a 15-6, 8-15, 15-3 victory over the Tornadoes in the Class 4A, District 7 title match Thursday night at Seminole High School. Dunedin (20-6) plays the Region IV match Tuesday at 7 p.m., visiting 4A-8 champion Sarasota Riverview.
Clearwater had won eight consecutive matches. The Tornadoes ended the season at 25-3.
Dorsey, who is considering scholarship offers from Notre Dame, Georgetown and Duke, scored nine kills and three service aces as Dunedin won its first district championship since 1984.
"Alyma made some good, strong serves," Clearwater coach Anne Balderson said. "We had a hard time with them. We were excited, probably too excited."
"We really improved on our serves," said coach Cindy Robinson, whose Falcons lost to Clearwater in two three-game matches during the regular season. "I knew the pressure was on them. We really wanted to get through the district."
With Dunedin leading 6-5 in the first game, Dorsey boomed three consecutive serves for a 9-5 lead. Gina McGee's point extended the lead to 10-6, which forced Balderson to call time out.
The break did not help Clearwater. Dunedin scored five more unanswered points to win the game.
The Falcons threatened to overtake the Tornadoes in the second game and sweep the match, but Clearwater scored six consecutive points after leading 9-8.
Dunedin regained its composure in the third game, thanks to strong serves and sound net play. Four kills by Dorsey helped the Falcons to a 6-0 lead, and they never wavered.
Sarasota Riverview repeats as 4A-8 champ
SARASOTA _ Sarasota Riverview overpowered Northeast in two straight games to win its second consecutive Class 4A, District 8 volleyball championship Thursday night.
The Rams (21-9) will play host to the winner of the Class 4A, District 7 game in the Region IV title game Tuesday. The time will be announced later, Riverview coach Barry Rossheim said.
Riverview used its dominant size and superior middle blocker Sundi Daugherty to beat the surprising Vikings 15-7, 15-7. Northeast finished the season 11-9.
"Northeast really played hard," Rossheim said. "But my girls did what they needed to in order to advance."
Northeast advanced to the finals by beating Sarasota 13-15, 15-7, 15-8. It was the first time a Pinellas County team defeated a Manatee County team in the district tournament.
"I was just so excited to get to the finals," Northeast coach Jody Kay said. "That was a thrill in itself. I could not have asked more of these girls tonight."