BLOUNTSTOWN, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Florida is more than 65 thousand square miles, but when the high school volleyball season winds down, a 25 mile stretch the panhandle usually determines who goes to the state championship.
Five-time defending state champion Sneads battled Blountstown in Saturday's 1A state semifinal, their fourth meeting in the last six postseasons. Just like the previous three times, the Lady Pirates came out on top.
Sneads earned the first five points and nine of the first 11, taking the first set 25-12 and completing the sweep with a pair of 25-17 set wins.
You might think that with so much success, Sneads is getting used to this, but nothing could be further from the truth.
"Every game means something," Sneads head coach Heather Brinkmeier said. "We're always playing for something, but [there's] something about playing Blountstown, because we know they want it just as bad as we do, I think we had that little extra something. It's definitely going to be one that I'll never forget."
Brinkmeier is in her first season as head coach. Senior captain Lacee Glover has been on each of the previous three state-winning teams. This feeling isn't getting old for her either.
"It's not just another win," Glover said. "We play every game like it's our last match and we really strive to finish the season with a win. So that's always our goal."
Bell beat Trenton in the second state semifinal. The Bulldogs will play for their first state title in any sport.
Friday's match is set for 1 p.m. in Fort Myers.