Lake Placid’s Lady Dragon volleyball team defeated Lakeland’s McKeel Academy and then the Avon Park Red Devils to win the Class 4A District 9 tournament championship.
Tuesday evening, Oct. 22, the Lady Green traveled to Lakeland for the tournament’s opening-round action, winning in straight sets over host McKeel Academy by scores of 25-13, 25-17 and 25-15.
Strong play at the net by Breauna Corley and Isabella Caraballo led the Lady Green in the initial set. The “dynamic duo” had eight kills between them.
The second set provided the McKeel Wildcat fans the best opportunity to see their team play. The host team managed to pull to within three points of Lake Placid, 19-16, before succumbing to a Lady Dragon 6-1 barrage which sent McKeel to defeat. Jacalyn Baldwin led the attack for the Lady Green in the final set.
Earlier in the evening, the Avon Park defeated the Frostproof Bulldogs to set up the tournament finals between the two Highlands County teams.
Lake Placid wins over Avon Park in finals
Florida High School Athletic Association officials decided to move the finals of the Class 4A District 9 volleyball tournament to the Lake Placid High School gym Thursday night, Oct. 24, to spare the Avon Park and Lake Placid teams the expense and inconvenience of a second trip to Lakeland in one week.
With their hometown fans cheering them on, the Lady Dragons ripped the Red Devils for a straight set win by scores of 25-12, 25-10 and 25-20 to take the district championship, winning the crown for the sixth time in seven seasons. The victory raised Lake Placid’s record to a perfect 10-0 in district competition and the Lady Green’s overall record to 20-5 on the season. It also sets up a Wednesday night match at the LPHS gym against Berkley Prep of Tampa in the regional round of state competition. The match begins at 7 p.m.
“I couldn’t be prouder of the girls for winning the title, and doing so in such a convincing fashion,” said Coach Charlotte Clanton Bauder. The coach also mentioned that she was so pleased that all the team’s seniors were on the floor when the match was won.
The first two sets belonged entirely to Lake Placid. Once again, the heavy hitters at the net, Isabella Caraballo and Breauna Corley, smashed kill shots at Avon Park as the Lady Green dominated the action. Jacalyn Baldwin got in some good shots in the second set. The visitors played more strongly against several Lake Placid reserve players in the final set.