BLOUNTSTOWN/SNEADS, FL (WJHG/WECP) Come Saturday it's a rematch between two volleyball teams that have high hopes of ending the season in Fort Myers with a state title trophy in hand.
That match between Sneads and Blountstown, who go into Saturday's 1A State Semifinal with identical 22-5 records!
Certainly Sneads knows all about that feeling, having won 5 consecutive 1A state championships.
Blountstown is hoping to be the team that ends that streak, as they meet Saturday at 2 in the gym at Blountstown Middle School. The Tigers gym too beat up by the storm to host the match.
This will be the third time these two have met, with Sneads winning the two previous matches, 3-1 and 3-love.
Wednesday I asked coach Summers about what her team needs to do to try and turn those numbers around Saturday.
"We've just got to execute better." the coach told me. "We executed really well that first set and we kind of fell off in the third and fourth sets. So it's just all about execution. The past week that we've been practicing since playing in the regional final, there's been a whole new focus. My seniors, they know that this could be the last time they play in a Blountstown uniform. And the fact that we get to play at home, well a home away from home, you know they're excited to get out and play. They're ready to go make some history for Blountstown."
So the Tigers looking to turn things around in act 3 so to speak. Sneads on the other hand, well they are looking for the trifecta of wins, and a return trip to the State title match. They've won the previous five state championships in the 1A class. All those under coach Sheila Roberts who left the program this season. Heather Brinkmeier stepped in, kept up the winning and admits she and her girls realize "heavy is the head that wears the crown!"
"A lot of people harp on, not just the girls, but now myself, that they have big shoes to fill." coach Roberts told me Wednesday. "And sometimes it gets a little exhausting to hear now and then. But I think that these girls like the pressure. Instead of folding under all that, and the expectations, they try their best to live up to them. So yes, that's always in our ear that we have to be consistent and we have to repeat, repeat history. But they love the pressure and they're willing to accept the challenge."
And willing to put the work in says the coach. That match at two at Blountstown Middle School Saturday, the winner goes to the State Championship match next Friday in Fort Myers!