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Warriors fight back, fall short

Sometimes the team that is supposed to dominate, doesn't.

However, winning the close games is what defines a team.

Ocala St. John Lutheran was expected to walk all over Seven Rivers on Thursday night. Someone forgot to tell that to the Warriors, who made it a close match, coming up just short, losing in five games, 25-16, 23-25, 16-25, 25-21, 10-15.

"I am very proud of the girls, we played a poor game on Monday against a lesser team, so we just wanted to come out and play well tonight," Seven Rivers coach Jamie Richard said.

The Warriors jumped out to an early lead, winning the first game in convincing fashion, highlighted by Alice Zeiss' gamewinning kill.

"We came out flat in the first game," St. John coach Laura Duncan said. "The girls had to find their game and execute the way they know how to."

The Saints did just that, as they took the second game in a nail-biter. The gamewinner came on a kill by Lauren Richardson.

"I got a real good set from Brooke (Gramer) and I made the most of my opportunity," Richardson said.

Richardson led all players with 17 kills. She had 10 service points, including four straight in the fourth game, which St. John's eventually lost.

With the loss Seven Rivers falls to 6-6 overall, 3-1 in Class A, District 4. St. John improves to 7-1, 3-0.