Crusaders too strong for Baker

Baker volleyball

Alex Roy goes down to dig a shot for Baker against Catholic on Monday.

RANDY DICKSON / News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 12:44 AM.

BAKER — An upset-minded Baker School volleyball team got off to a quick start against Pensacola Catholic on Monday. But the Class 1A Gators didn’t have enough to hold off the Class 4A Crusaders as Catholic rolled to a 3-0 win by scores of 25-20, 25-21, 25-17.

“I was proud of the way the girls came out and played,” Gator coach Tomikko Parks said. “Catholic has a very good team. They do all the little things in volleyball.

“They have good hitters, they have good passers, they have good setters, so they do all the small things. Us just coming out and playing them tough and doing the small things we need to work on is very beneficial to our team.”

The early part of the first set was all Baker as the Gators methodically built a 12-2 lead. Hana Wadsworth had a block for a score and Lena Daoud and Hartley Moate had kills in the opening run as the home fans started to anticipate an upset.

The Crusaders went to work scoring a couple of quick points before Baker’s Jordan Linzy sent home a kill to push the Gator lead to 13-4.

Catholic (6-0) then shook off the early rust and exploded outscoring the Gators 21-7 down the stretch. Sina Paulk inflicted much of the damage on the Gators (3-2) as she had four kills and a block during the Catholic run.

The Crusaders jumped to a quick 41 lead in the second set before a Wadsworth kill cut the lead in half. Linzy and Wadsworth teamed up to block a Crusader kill attempt to pull the Gators to within a point.

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