The Evangelical Christian School volleyball team cruised to a 3-0 (25-18, 25-13, 25-20) victory over visiting First Baptist on Tuesday night in a Region 3A-3 quarterfinal match.
The Sentinels (23-5) never trailed by more than one point in any of three games in recording their 18th sweep of the season.
ECS will host Community School of Naples in a 3A-3 semifinal on Saturday at 2 p.m.
The home team was happy to get the victory but coach Theresa Kabel thought her team could have played better.
“I don’t think we were on top of our game,” Kabel said. “We weren’t pristine with all of our touches like we will have to be moving forward.”
The Sentinels jumped out to early leads in all three games.
ECS led 5-0 in the first game after an ace by Emily Moore only to see the Lions charge back to tie the game at nine apiece. The Sentinels won the next six points to grab a 15-9 advantage only to see that lead trimmed back to 16-15 after an ace by FBA’s Katie Gilchrist.
ECS then went on another run and closed out the 25-18 game one victory with a kill by Caroline Forster.
The Sentinels won the first 11 points of game two and never had a lead smaller than eight after opening up their big advantage. Forster’s kill late in the game helped finish off a dominant 25-13 win.
First Baptist battled for its season in the third game despite falling behind ECS 9-3 early on. The Lions clawed all the way back within three at 23-20 before the Sentinels scored back-to-back to claim a 25-20 game three victory that ended the match.
Forster finished the game with nine kills and seven blocks for ECS. Moore and Amber Dudek each had four aces for the Sentinels while Lily Tessier had 26 assists.
ECS swept Community School of Naples in the teams’ lone meeting on October 1.
“They are a good team,” Kabel said. “We will have to take care of a lot of things that we didn’t do (Tuesday). We need to practice tough and prepare.”