Baker’s experience shows as Gators down Hobos in District 1-1A volleyball

Published: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 07:50 PM.

BAKER – The Laurel Hill and Baker schools are separated by about a dozen country miles in north Okaloosa County. However, while the Hobo and Gator volleyball teams both play in District 1-1A there is a much greater figurative distance between the two squads.

Baker’s volleyball team is the picture of consistency rolling off one district championship after another and finishing second in the state last year.

On the other hand, the Hobos find themselves in yet another rebuilding process under first-year coach Ashley Miller, the fourth Laurel Hill volleyball coach in the last four years.

Laurel Hill traveled to Baker on Tuesday for a District 1-1A match, and it should come as no surprise that the battle-proven Gators made short work of their neighbors to the northeast in sweeping the match in three sets by scores of 25-8, 25-14, 25-17.

The trip to Baker was a trip home for Miller, a former star on the Gator volleyball team and the final score didn’t surprise her. She understands it takes time to build a program and she focused on the positives that can be found in a loss.

“I don’t think that was an embarrassment by any means,” Miller said of the final score. “We are focused on making a goal and getting better every week. Baker is the first team that has run a consistent offense on us and I was marginally happy with our defense.

“Now we will need to pick our offense up to keep pace with it because the teams we’ve been playing up until now haven’t been running as much offense as that. We knew this would be the best team we face coming here. And we hope when see them again in the future we will be a little more of a challenge for them.”

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