SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Volleyball playoffs are just around the corner

Published: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 04:06 PM.

The Gators are once again flying high and seem poised to make another deep run for a championship.

Baker has played up in competition throughout the season and has beaten Class 6A teams Choctawhatchee and Fort Walton Beach. Scheduling up in classification is only going to help the Gators’ confidence as they seek to advance through the playoffs.

The Gators have a strong starting lineup and the depth needed to survive long matches.

Katie Wickery provides Baker with the big hitter needed to get the opposition’s attention. Jordan Linzy, Savannah Risen, Haley Wagner, Hartley Moate and Alex Roy have been rock-solid impressive throughout the season.

Baker’s trip to Kissimmee and last year’s state tournament also should help the Gators. The Baker players have experienced the venue at the state tournament and know the routine if they advance to the final four.

For now, the Gators, Bulldogs and Hoboes must focus on the cliché of one win at a time. The most important things for all three teams is making it to the district tournament championship match and earning a spot in the state tournament.

Good teams usually rise to the top, come tournament time, so it will be interesting to see just how far in the tournament Baker can go this year. With an upset here or there in the district tournaments, Crestview and Laurel Hill could go to state as well.

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