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Hudson tops Lecanto to go on in regionals

The Hudson volleyball team was, well, polite Tuesday night.

The Cobras shared one ball. Icy Miller took turns slamming down kills. Then Shannon Wisler. Then Dana Wilke. And Jill Perez, Kacy Dorr and Julie Gilbride made sure they got the ball in good position above the net.

"We were just playing as a team," said Miller.

And a pretty good team. The No.

3-ranked Cobras had little trouble slicing up Lecanto and coasting to a 15-8, 15-4 win in a Class 4A, North II regional quarterfinal at the Hudson gymnasium.

The victory was Hudson's third straight playoff win, advancing it to Friday's regional semifinal and finals at Bishop Moore in Orlando. The Cobras (27-3) will meet the host and No.

5-ranked Hornets, a 15-6, 15-7 winner over Gainesville Eastside. No.

4-ranked Crawfordville Wakulla will meet No.

2 Bishop Kenny in the other semifinal. Both teams won their matches easily.

Lecanto finished at 13-13. The Panthers had trouble mounting much of an offensive attack against Hudson, with only one player _ Kate Jendro _ getting any solid kills. The Panthers also hurt themselves with seven serving errors and plenty of kill attempts into the net.

"Any team that is consistent like they are and doesn't make errors is going to beat a team that does make the errors like we did," Lecanto coach Karen Boisvert said. "We had to come out and play a flawless match and we didn't."

Neither did Hudson, but it came at Lecanto from every angle with a diversified attack that rotated between Miller, Wisler and Wilke. Miller and Wisler each had six kills, and Wilke added four.

"We rely on everybody, not just one player," said Hudson coach Linda McQuade. "They are starting to balance things out and share the jobs. Instead of one kid getting 40 balls, they divide it between three."

Hudson never trailed. Leading 6-5 in the first game, Wisler served an ace to the back corner and Dorr had a kill to make it 9-5. After two Lecanto points on Maggie Lamparelli's block of Miller and Megan Mead's ace, the Cobras finished the game with a 6-1 run. Miller had a kill in the run, and won a joust at the net with Lamparelli for the 15th point.

With Jill Perez serving, Hudson scored the first five points of the second game to take command. Lecanto got within 6-4, but Miller served six straight points, Wilke had three kills (two through double blocks) and Wisler had two more in a 9-0 blitz to end the match.

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