P.K. Yonge handles Hawthorne


Published: Friday, November 1, 2002 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, November 1, 2002 at 12:00 a.m.
P.K. Yonge hosted Hawthorne Thursday in the first of two district-title contests the schools will battle each other in.
The Blue Wave won Round 1 on the volleyball court, blanking the Hornets 2-0 (15-10,15-8) to claim the District 8-2A title, their fourth in the last five years.
Round 2 is on the gridiron tonight at 7:30 for District 4-A bragging rights.
"It feels good to win my first district title at P.K. Yonge," said coach Laurie Obreza, whose team is ranked second in Class 2A. "This is out first step in our quest to win a state title."
The Blue Wave (27-3) will host Jacksonville Trinity Christian in a regional-quarterfinal match on Tuesday, while the Hornets (18-9) will hit the road against Jacksonville Episcopal.
The Hampton sisters, Marcie and Nirelle each had solid games in Tuesday night's semifinal win against Newberry, but only Nirelle saw action in the title game.
Marcie, who was just named by Student Sports Magazine as the No. 1 junior prospect in the nation, was in uniform but did not play. She had six kills and one block on Tuesday.
"She is not suspended and she will play on Tuesday," said Obreza, about her top player, who leads the team with more than 150 kills this season.
Despite, Marcie's absence, the Blue Wave held off a rally by the Hornets to grab the opening game of the match. Adrian Styles collected four of her eight service points to fuel the comeback, which stalled at 14-10. She also finished with seven kills and three blocks.
In the second game, Kristina Nappy compiled three of her five service points for the night as the Hornets jumped out to a 6-3 advantage. However, the Blue Wave responded and rolled with a 12-2 run to take the game and the match. Megan DeLuca's seven service points in the game keyed the burst.
Elyse Cusack added seven digs, DeLuca followed with six digs and Nirelle Hampton contributed four assists, four kills and five service points in the win for the Blue Wave, who are attempting to advance to the final four for the fourth consecutive season.
Crystal Hunter drilled eight kills and had four blocks in the loss, which she said doesn't knock her team's confidence.
"We still have confidence and we have had a great season and have come together as a team," Hunter said. "We are happy we have made it this far and we think we can win on the road."
Although the Hornet volleyball team was unable to come away from Gainesville with a win, the Hawthorne football will attempt that feat this evening. The Hornets were the last team to hand the Blue Wave a regular-season district loss which occurred in October of 1999.

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