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Pahokee volleyball continues progress

Special to The Sun/courtesy photo
Pahokee High School volleyball team members: bottom row left to right are Leah Moore (5), Eumiyah Cunningham (6), Mi’kiara Jenkins (4). Top row left to right are Coach Jose Rivera, Coach Brandi Angram, Lon’teria McFadden (3), Justice Bell (8), Amari Spirvey (2), Asia Wilson (1), Coach Eddy Erhardt

PAHOKEE – Pahokee continues to show progress as the high school volleyball winds down.

The Blue Devils lost to Frostproof on Saturday, Oct. 1, 25-17, 25-19, and 25-9.

Coach Eddy Erhardt said the team had a chance to win the match but made too many mental errors.

“We have the skill and the athleticism to play with any team it is just a matter of reducing our own errors,” he noted.

Amari Spirvey had five kills and four service aces while Lon’teria McFadden had eight kills, two blocks and two digs. Mi’kiara Jenkins had two kills and three blocks.

Pahokee rebounded to defeat Fort Meade on Oct. 1, in four sets, (3-1). Fort Meade won the first game 25-20 but Pahokee rebounded to win the next three games, 25-23, 25-22, and 25-18.

Top performers for the Blue Devils included Spirvey with one service ace, four kills, six blocks and one dig. McFadden had five service aces, five kills, one block and one dig. Jenkins had two aces, four kills and one block.

“We decided to wake up and actually play the game, they know how to play,” Coach Erhardt said, “We didn’t look too good in the first set but we rebounded. After that we didn’t take our foot off the gas and won the last three sets.” It was a doubly important win as Fort Meade is a district opponent this year.

Pahokee also defeated arch-rival Glades Central on Tuesday, Oct. 4, with an impressive effort. Glades Central won the first game 25-20, but Pahokee came back to win the next three in front of the home fans, 25-19, 25-15, and 25-6.

Top performances for the Blue Devils included Asia Wilson with five aces and five kills. McFadden had 14 kills and Jenkins added eight service aces and one kill.

Coach Erhardt said the game had a little more excitement than most matches. “You have a better crowd and they are louder than any other match.”

Erhardt said he was very pleased with how his team played in this match, “Our ladies played fantastic. We held the lead in the first set but fell behind due to errors.”

Erhardt said he was pleased with how the team responded after the first game disappointment.

“It went amazingly well after the first set. We continued to play better as the sets went on and the scores reflected it. Our serves were better, our spikes were better and everything seemed to be clicking.”