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Updated: 10/31/2013 08:00:05AM

DeSoto blanks Hardee in district opener

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ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.com

Teammate Josie Deriso watches as DeSoto County’s Tishonna Riley goes up for one of her game-high 20 kills in the 3-0 win over Hardee in the first round of the district matches Oct. 22. The Bulldogs host Lemon Bay tonight for the district crown.

ARCADIAN PHOTOS BY STEVE KNAPP, sbigdaddyknapp@aol.com

Team captain Casey Hall crushes the ball during the district tournament win over Hardee. Hall had five kills and was second with eight digs in the DeSoto County 3-0 win against Hardee.

By Steve Knapp

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The first step on the road to the district crown started with a less than inspiring performance by the Bulldogs as they swept Hardee 25-12, 25-20 and 25-16. The Bulldogs have beaten the Wildcats 9-0 in the three times they have met this season, but Tuesday’s performance was not how DeSoto County Coach Laura White wanted to start the playoffs.

“Even though we won tonight, we didn’t execute very well. We didn’t have the fire in our eyes. We can’t continue to play like this and expect to go far in the tournament,” she said.

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