It was about the only advice Lakeland Santa Fe Catholic coach Lynne Hash could give her outmatched team: "Get the ball over the net. Move your feet. Get some points on the board."
After comparing that strategy with the game plan of Tampa Prep coach Carol Chalu, it's pretty clear which team won the Class 2A, South II quarterfinal 15-0, 15-1.
"All we want to do in a match like this is be as close to perfect as we can," said Chalu, whose Terrapins will play in a regional semifinal on Friday at a site to be announced.
"You know, where you take every serve, pass on a dime, and just try to do a near-perfect job."
For a game and a half, it looked like the "near" could have been dropped. The No.
1-ranked Terrapins (24-5) had a string of 22 consecutive points before the Hawks (6-16) got on the board, making it 7-1 in the second game. No momentum shifted, though, and Tampa Prep setter Jennifer Anderson served her team's final eight points.
Game 1 was marked by Jolene Patton's five kills, and it was finished off by eight serves from Shannon Liston.
A height disadvantage, coupled with some nice passing by Anderson, who had 17 assists, left the Hawks with little chance to get anything started.
"We played pretty well, considering the level we were playing against," Anderson said. "We had good ball control."
"We just wanted to come out here and try some new things and get some playing time," said Patton, who sat out Game 2.
Hash, in her first season as Santa Fe Catholic's coach, has now seen the Terrapins twice. In their first match of the season, the Hawks fell 15-2, 15-5.
"You can train all you want, but if there's something you know of that I can feed these girls to make them grow another foot. "