Gator volleyball team downs South Walton to advance to region finals

Baker volleyball

Baker's Hartley Moate (left) and Haley Wagner go up to block a shot for the Gators on Tuesday in their Region 1-1A volleyball semifinal match at Baker.

RANDY DICKSON | News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 11:29 PM.

BAKER — The Baker volleyball team moved a step closer to a return trip to the state tournament in Kissimmee on Tuesday night with a four-set win over a tenacious South Walton team in the Region 1-1A semifinals. The Gators won by scores of 25=23, 25-21, 23-25, 25-19.

The Gators (23-2) will travel to Chipley for a 2 p.m. match Saturday in 1-1A region finals to determine who will get a trip to the state final four.

Unable to match the size of the Seahawks (12-11), Baker played smart trying to keep the ball away from the power of South Walton’s big hitters Olivia Sanders and Katie Trejo.

Baker coach James Kerrell credited his team for executing the game plan to perfection.

“ South Walton is a good team,” he said. “They are a very tough and solid team. They’ve got to big girls in the middle that we had to contend with and we tried to adjust.

“We probably played the smartest game that we have played all year. We didn’t try to over power them. We just tried to outsmart them and just play good, solid ball tonight.”

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