BAKER — An outmanned Class 6A Escambia High School volleyball team was no match for Class 1A Baker on Monday as two schools with Gator mascots squared did battle.
The home team Gators came out playing Baker volleyball on the way to a 3-0 sweep of Escambia by scores of 25-7, 25-9, 25-9.
To say that Baker made short work of Escambia wouldn’t be an exaggeration as the match only took 45 minutes.
Baker Coach Tommiko Parks was happy with what she saw from her team.
“They came out and played strong,” she said. “They executed even on the little things. The important thing this time of year is that you are concentrating on doing the small things that are the very fundamental things.
“I’m proud of the way they came out. They came out and did the things we need to do to play Baker volleyball.”
Baker (15-4) jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first set behind the serve of Jordan Linzy. Linzy kept the Escambia defense scattering as she moved the ball around from one serve to the next.
A kill by Miranda Whatmough capped Baker’s early run.
Escambia never got closer than four points the rest of the first set.
The final two sets were more of the same.
Baker jumped in front 5-0 in the second set and cruised to the easy win. In the third set Baker scored the first 11 points and was never challenged.
Whatmough powered the Baker offense with 11 kills and four aces. Linzy had eight digs to go along with three aces and two kills. Alex Roy also had eight digs and one kill.
Lena Daoud dished out 15 assists. Hana Wadsworth had four kills, two aces, a block and a dig.
Randy Dickson is the Crestview News Bulletin’s sports editor. Email him at email@example.com, tweet him @BigRandle, or call 682-6524.