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North volleyball team gets big early win over Cape

Prep Report

August 21, 2019
By PETE SISK ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Playing such a big match so early can be tough. It can also pay off down the line.

North Fort Myers, having had the advantage of opening a night earlier with a 3-0 win against Estero, defended its home court Tuesday night with a 3-1 victory against Cape Coral.

The night was a mixture. There were rallies where it seemed the teams -- perhaps spurred on by a rivalry match -- were in midseason form. On the other hand, there were enough mistakes to remind all that it was still very early in the season after all.

Cape, in its season opener, took the first game 25-17 as the Seahawks scored six of the last eight points.

North, however, put up a 15-0 run in the second game on its way to a 25-13 victory, then outlasted the Seahawks 25-21 and 25-20 in the last two sets.

"We lost six seniors last year, and then we lost another player who actually moved to another state," Red Knights' coach Nancy Eskay said. "So we were working with players who were either freshmen or got moved up from JV, and then we have some players who are playing different roles this year.

The key to the Red Knights' victory was the power game of outside hitter Katie Dickey, who rolled up 22 kills. Madi Barron, the libero and North's only other senior, contributed 25 digs. Junior Marsha McDade, a setter, truly set up her team with 31 assists.

"They're doing very well so far for the beginning of the season, but it's definitely going to be a process," Eskay said.

For Cape Coral, Angie Rosas, a senior, had seven blocks and five digs. Another senior, Sedona Scott, had a big night with 19 digs and 13 assists, while sophomore Bea Alves contributed 16 digs.

"The effort of the team was there in the beginning, and we were going as hard as we could," Seahawks' coach Cody Dunn said. "Then there were a few bonehead plays. It's the beginning of the season. Those things are going to be corrected by the end of the year. We're going to be on top.

"We've got some freshmen, and it's good to see them thrive as well."

Cape Coral is home Thursday against East Lee County. North Fort Myers has another rivalry match on Thursday at Mariner.

"I think for all of them, even the returning seniors, the first couple of matches It's the first match of the season, the first real match of the season, and then your first home match, there's always going to be those butterflies.

"Being successful helps them move forward."

Dunn said, "We got that out of the way. We got rid of the jitters. It's gonna be a good team."


Evangelical Christian School 3, Oasis 0: The Sharks drew a tough opening opponent in ECS, traditionally one of the top volleyball programs in the area. The Sentinels won 25-12, 25-13, 25-21. Oasis will seek its first win of the young season Thursday at Gateway Charter.

Girls cross country

Cape Coral 15, North Fort Myers 49: The Seahawks had the first six runners to cross the finish line, and 11 of the first 12. Jenny Jacoby came in first at 22:25, followed by Cape teammates Allyson Anderson (23:31) and Taylar Sherman (24:05). North Fort Myers' top runner, seventh overall, was Chloe Lange in a time of 25:57.

Boys cross country

North Fort Myers 20, Cape Coral 40: North's boys evened the score against the Seahawks. The Red Knights had three of the top four finishers, paced by Mattias Flamholc in 18:27. Second was North's Nechi Perry in 19:52. Cape Coral's Jake Cole (20:05) took third ahead of North's Luke Buzzelli (20:32). Fifth place went to Cape's Zhoucai Ni, also at 20:32.


Evangelical Christian 176, Oasis 197: Oasis fell to ECS at Cape Royal Golf Club in their first meet of the year. The Sharks were led by sophomore Alyssa Fritz's 40; followed by senior Savannah Cardinal, 50; senior Connor Woodham, 53; and sophomores Sophia July and Briar Little who both carded 54's. Remaining scores for Oasis were Eric Feichthaler, 55; and Jimmy Cain with a 58.

Mariner: The Tritons' match against Fort Myers was canceled after three holes due to lightning. Mariner faces Ida Baker and Cape Coral on Thursday.



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