Gators, Hoboes have work to do


Laurel Hill hitter Lauren Mitchell tries to get a shot by Ashley Black and Taylor Brunson of Baker during Tuesday's volleyball match between the Hoboes and Gators.

RANDY DICKSON / News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 09:34 PM.

LAUREL HILL — One match into the 2014 volleyball season Baker School Coach Tommiko Parks and Laurel Hill Coach Kent Zessin agree their teams have some work to do.

The Gators won Tuesday’s contest in straight sets 25-20, 25-16, 25-16 in a battle of reigning district champions.

“It was a good solid first win for us,” Parks said. “There are still some weak points in our game that we’ve got to correct. We are still learning each other.

“Defensively we were where we needed to be. We were in the spots we needed to be. We did a good job of communicating with one another what they were doing that translated over to what we were doing on our side of the net.”

Zessin saw the match with the Gators, who have appeared in three straight Final Fours, as a measuring stick of sorts.

“I like coming out and playing them earlier in the season,” he said. “Baker’s a good team to play to see where you are. Baker didn’t let anything hit the floor.

“I like some of the things we did, but our serving was horrendous tonight. You can’t miss 14 serves and expect to have a chance to beat Baker.”

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