Pahokee volleyball team has challenging season

PAHOKEE – The Pahokee Blue Devils volleyball team continues to work hard but have had a tough run of luck in recent matches.

On Sept. 14 the Blue Devils lost to Palm Beach Central in straight sets, 25-15, 25-7a and 25-12. Lon’teria McFadden had another strong match with one kill, three blocks and six digs.

Coach Edward Erhardt said the girls again had to be iron women as they only have six active players.

They also lost a player during gym class to injury.

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Pahokee lost to John I. Leonard in straight sets on Sept. 15. Coach Erhardt said the girls did not play up to their potential in this match and he hopes for a better effort on the court.

The girls travelled to Polk County on Sept. 17 for a match with Frostproof and fell in a tough match in three sets. Due to bus problems Pahokee arrived late and were penalized by the officials and forfeited the first set. Pahokee played well in the second and third sets but fell 25-20 and 25-23.

“We were competitive and honestly we were the better team but just fell short. I hope we can beat them when they visit Pahokee later in the season,” Erhardt added.

McFadden had another strong match with three service aces and four kills. Amari Spirvey chipped in with one service ace and five kills.

Pahokee fell to Fort Meade on Sept. 17 as well in a four set match, (3-1). Fort Meade won game one 25-20, Pahokee took the second game 25-22, Fort Meade took game three 26-24 and game four in a route 25-5.

Coach Erhardt said he was disappointed that his team didn’t win the match. “We had six girls playing and we were just worn out with just six players. I think the third set was the difference as when we dropped that game it took the wind out of the girl’s sails.”

Pahokee will host Fort Meade later in the season.

McFadden had one service aces, nine kills and two blocks. Spirvey chipped in with one ace, three kills and a block. Mi’kiara Jenkins had one service ace, two kills and two blocks.

Pahokee lost to a talented Dreyfoos School of the Arts from Stuart on Sept. 21. The scores were 25-7, 25-14 and 25-19. Coach Erhardt said Dreyfoos has a lot of talent and overmatched the Blue Devils.

“We stayed competitive but didn’t win any sets,” he added.

McFadden led Pahokee with two aces, five kills, two blocks and two digs.

Pahokee lost at Wellington on Sept. 22 in straight sets, 25-2, 25-17 and 25-20. He said Wellington was clearly the better team but his girls did their best to stay competitive.

“We have some winnable games coming up on the schedule and I just hope we can capitalize on that and improve as we get closer to the end of the season,” he added.

McFadden again led Pahokee with five kills, three blocks and five digs. Spirvey contributed three blocks, and a kill.

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