Senior captain Kristi Beatty served up a third consecutive Class 5A, District 8 title Friday for Pinellas Park as it whipped Largo 15-8, 15-2.
Beatty led the Patriots (22-5) to a 10-1 lead in the first game as her devastating jump serves rained on the Packers' helpless back line. Largo (14-10) finally adjusted and got the ball to its tall middle hitter, Liz Garland. With three straight service points by Kelly Crockett and two kills and a block by Garland, the Packers pulled within 12-8. Then the Pats' defense tightened and Beth Young served out the game 15-8.
In the second game, Beatty was everywhere. She dug from the back line, made perfect sets to outside hitters Tracy Schroeder and Trisha Beatty, and even a had few kills of her own. And once again, her service was unstoppable.
Beatty served Pinellas Park to an 8-0 lead, capped by 5 feet 5 Melani Lasch's kill past the Largo front line. Garland and Crockett made some good plays at the net to bring Largo within 9-2, but then it was time for Beatty to serve again. She stymied the Largo defense with six straight service points, including three aces.
The Patriots will host 5A-9 winner Tarpon Springs Tuesday for the Region IV championship. Largo coach Michael Carli said he thinks the Pats will continue to do well in post-season play.
"If they play like they did tonight, they'll go far," Carli said. "I think our girls were a little intimidated tonight. It's tough to beat a Hollie Miller-coached team."
2A-10: Shorecrest gives
coach her first title
ST. PETERSBURG _ Coach Kathryn Sessions got her first district championship in eight years at Shorecrest Prep as her Chargers beat Keswick Christian for the fourth time this season in Friday night's final of the Class 2A, District 10 tournament at Northside Christian.
Shorecrest (25-8) will be host to District 9 champion Lakeland Santa Fe in the regional tournament Tuesday.
With their 15-5, 15-13 victory Friday night, the Chargers also avenged last year's loss to Keswick in the district semifinals.
Shorecrest was led by 5-foot-11 junior hitter Heather Bradley with 11 kills and three serving aces; Sheila Chacho, a junior setter, with 16 assists, and Marisa Sambito, a junior hitter, with three kills, three aces and two blocks.
Keswick completed a rebuilding year with a 17-11 record.
_ JACK HOUGHTELING