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Bulldogs pull away from Gators in volleyball match

September 11, 2019
By PETE SISK ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The Ida Baker Bulldogs shuffled things up a little bit, and found a winning combination.

Ida Baker (7-2, 3-0 District 5A-8) gradually pulled away to take a 25-19, 25-16, 25-12 victory Tuesday at Island Coast.

The Gators slipped to 1-7, 1-4.

Bulldogs coach Brittney Benvie, being down one starter, decided to try different combinations on Tuesday. Eventually, things came together, not only for Tuesday's match, but for the season stretch run and the district tournament.

"We're down a setter, our main setter, she's out sick. So we used a totally different six to start off," Benvie said. "In the last two sets I started putting our starters back in with different setters.

"I had one senior in there to start, and the rest were juniors."

That was still far more experience than Island Coast could manage. Erica Reich's team has two seniors, and a lot of sophomores and freshmen.

It was the second 3-0 sweep of the Gators for Benvie's team this year, but it took a lot more work this time than the first time around. Ida Baker didn't dominate Island Coast on Tuesday.

Reich's young Island Coast squad, while not picking up wins, has improved as the season has progressed. The quick, easy points Baker grabbed the first time around were long, spirited rallies on Tuesday.

"They played a lot better than they did we played them at our place," Benvie said of the Gators.

Reich said, "Our girls work hard in practice, and week by week we're improving."

Island Coast held a 15-10 lead in the first set Tuesday before the Bulldogs ran off seven consecutive points. The Gators stayed right with Ida Baker, 20-19, before Baker took the last five points for the win.

"I saw more communication," Reich said. "They're starting to come together as a team week by week. So we're getting there."

Ida Baker began to take control in the second set, stretching a 13-11 lead to 20-12 before taking the last three points for the 26-16 victory.

The third set was all Baker, 25-12.

"I have backups, and most of my players can play all around," Benvie said.

For Island Coast, Hannah Slutz had eight kills and two aces, Taylor Lynn had five kills and four blocks and Chance Stewart also had two aces. Emma McWilliams contributed eight digs and six assists.

The Bulldogs will be home against Canterbury Thursday, while the Gators travel to South Fort Myers.


Imagine School North Port 3, Oasis 0: The Sharks lost 25-17, 25-19, 25-14. For Oasis, Jill Rone had two aces, five kills, four blocks and two digs.

Fort Myers 3, North Fort Myers 0: It was a rough night for the Red Knights as the Green Wave rolled 25-16, 25-12, 25-18.

Girls bowling

Island Coast 4, Fort Myers 1: The Gators remained perfect (5-0), led by Zoe Sedorchuck (199) and Taylor Fabrizzi (191).

Island Coast (790): Zoe Sedorchuk 199, Taylor Fabrizzi 191, Ariana Thomas 161, Abby Miller 120, Denver Boxleitner 119.

Fort Myers (654) Dakota Kirk 177, Samantha Gardenhouse 170, Sari Simon 142, Dylan Howington 90, Milena Weigel 75.

Cape Coral 5, Mariner 0: Jasmine Salavics led the 5-0 Seahawks, bowling a 193, as Cape Coral won 764-594. Ramonna Baker rolled a 169 for Mariner (1-4).

Boys bowling

Mariner 5, Cape Coral 0: Trent Gifford paced the Tritons (5-0), bowling a 209. Cape's Emmett Kotovsky had the match's best game (233).

Island Coast 4, Fort Myers 1: The Gators (5-0) rolled past the 2-2 Green Wave 909-778, led by Seth Beatty (203) and Mark McCollough (200).

Island Coast (909:): Seth Beatty 203, Mark McCullough 200, TJ Rucker 195, Bryce Davis 160, Freddy Pearson 151.

Fort Myers (778): Ken Crawford 123, Dakota Bornhouse 116, Logan Hagel 187, Xander Wilhelm 161, Ryan Weisse 191.

Boys golf

Southwest Florida Christian 217, Oasis 201: The Sharks were led by senior Connor Woodham with a 49, freshman Jimmy Cain (53), freshman Eric Feichthaler (56) and sophomore Briar Little with a 59.

Girls golf

Oasis 94, Southwest Florida Christian 118. Alyssa Fritz shot a 1-over 37 for medalist honors, and Sophia July had a round of 57.

Neumann Invitational: Bishop Verot took the team title, paced by Talia Rodino. Her 75 was good enough for second place individually.



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