WEEKI WACHEE — Although Weeki Wachee has lost the last two volleyball district finals to Hernando and eight of the 11 lifetime meetings between the two schools, the Hornets proved on Wednesday night that this rivalry is just heating up.
Weeki Wachee completed its first three-game sweep of the Leopards, 25-23, 25-20, and 25-23.
"It was a big game the girls wanted to play tonight after being the district runners up the past two years," Weeki Wachee coach Kelly Werkmeister said. "For the girls to play the way they did tonight, it was phenomenal."
The Hornets (1-1, 1-1) lost their season and Class 5A, District 7 opener on Tuesday night at Crystal River. While the team showed promise with long rallies against the stout Pirates, the girls were less than satisfied with the loss.
After falling behind 12-5 in the first set to Hernando (1-1, 1-1), Weeki Wachee looked like it was in for another long battle. It all changed after the home team went on a 9-2 run to tie the set back up at 14-all. From there, the Hornets showed off their newly-acquired front line depth.
Junior Miranda Werkmeister has been the leading hitter for Weeki Wachee each of the past two years. She continues to be the leader and make an impact, but her partners at the net, senior Morgan Hnatiuk and juniors Taylor Miller, Sarah Asbury, and Nicole Diaz have also become standouts.
"It takes a lot of pressure off of me," Miranda Werkmeister said. "It makes things easier for everyone because we can all work together."
Werkmeister averaged four kills per game as a sophomore, she only needed nine kills in the effort Wednesday night. She also put up six aces. Hnatiuk had eight kills and one ace, and Miller and Asbury had six kills apiece.
Hernando's star hitter, junior Ali Bronson, had 13 kills and two aces, but too many unforced errors proved to be the undoing of the two-time defending district champions.