Baker volleyball team’s journey to state tournament starts Tuesday

Published: Friday, November 2, 2012 at 06:10 PM.

Parks said Baker would see a tall and athletic Seahawk squad that runs an offense similar to that of Choctawhatchee. Although the Gators swept South Walton in three meetings this year, the Seahawks could test the Gators.

“They are tall and have some big girls in the middle,” Parks said. “They like to run (quick sets) in the middle; that’s their thing to do right now. Watching the film in the games, that’s what they like to do.

“They run an offense a lot like Choctaw’s in that they try to run a quicker offense. Defensively, we just have to be sharp and follow the ball and make sure that you are reacting in time. You can’t get caught flatfooted.”

The 2012 Gators’ motto is team first as the Gators vie for the state championship.

“They are playing together as a team,” Parks said. “The girls have come together. With the summer … and preseason practices and that stuff, we have been together since July and we have played a lot of ball games.

“There were a lot of workouts during the summer and they were all there. They weren’t taking off for this or taking off for that; they were all in the gym, working hard, because they had a goal and they knew where they wanted to be at the end of the season.”

The team concept is evident in the way the Gators distribute the ball offensively where there is no superstar, and on any given night, a different player will rise to the occasion, Kerrell said. 

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