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Bayshore Christian takes A-9

Top-seeded Bayshore Christian (22-5) won its first district volleyball title by defeating Seminole Presbyterian 15-2, 12-15, 15-5 in the Class A, District 9 title match.

Bayshore, which captured home-court advantage for the regional tournament, had nine unanswered points in the third game to deflate the Lancers (20-9).

Sophomore Ashlee Cramer led Bayshore with 18 kills and junior Kristen Sander chipped in 10.

"(Cramer) dominates at the net and is an aggressive defensive player. She's a well-rounded player," Bayshore coach Melanie Humenansky said. "Kristen Sander leads the team in assists. She's our team leader. She's a well-focused and smart player."

Humenansky's father, Herman Valdes, filled in for her while she was away on maternity leave.

"I knew for sure I'd be back for districts," she said. "If I had to be back it was for this."

Valdes is no stranger to winning. He won the Class 4A state volleyball championship with Robinson in 1978.

"It's just family," Valdes said. "I coached eight years at Robinson. I bring the mental part of the game. In the last month, they've been really focused. The difference is detail. Our girls were prepared, focused and confident. Seminole is a school very rich in girls sports. Our girls for a long time didn't feel they could beat them."

"I'm disappointed that we lost," Seminole Presbyterian coach Frank Mabry said. "We lost to a better opponent. They've got too much. Their coaches did a great job of preparing."