Bishop Moore ends Santa Fe's playoff run
Published: Saturday, November 10, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 1:54 a.m.
ALACHUA — Santa Fe played in its second regional final in four years and its fourth in eight seasons with hopes of reaching the state semifinals for the first time since 1985 on Saturday.
The Raiders, a regional playoff team the last 11 years, however, once again had trouble with the final hurdle.
Santa Fe's road block this time around was only the nation's No. 1 team, Orlando Bishop Moore.
The Raiders got off to a good start, but were overpowered by the Hornets, who cruised to the 25-13, 25-10, 25-15 win.
Bishop Moore improved its perfect record to 29-0 and clinched its third straight trip to the state final four. Lindsey Owens, a 6-foot-2 outside hitter and one of three Division-1 commitments on the roster, powered the Hornets. The Virginia Tech commitment fired 15 kills to go along with six digs and seven service points, including three aces.
“We came out fighting, we battled in the first part, then struggled a little bit,” said Santa Fe's veteran coach Michele Faulk said. “That is one of the best teams I have ever come up against, ever.”
Santa Fe (24-6) hung tough early and Jamie Holton's kill gave the Raiders and 8-7 lead in the opening set. Unfortunately for the Raiders, that was their last lead of the match. Kasey Lynch then reeled off six straight service points helping give the Hornets a 14-8 edge. Owens delivered one of her booming kills to later seal the first set. Bishop Moore started to roll from there, jumping out to an 8-1 lead and holding a 19-6 advantage en route to taking the second set.
Whitney Drost drilled one of her six kills to pull Santa Fe to within 12-7 in the third set, but that would be the closest it got the rest of the way.
Kayla Cain, Santa Fe's lone senior, finished with four kills, four digs, a block and three service points, including an ace.
“As a coach you are never satisfied if you come away losing, but I am so proud of these girls,” Faulk said. “They did a lot of things this season that a lot of people didn't think they were ever going to be able to because we had such a young team.”
Reader comments posted to this article may be published in our print edition. All rights reserved. This copyrighted material may not be re-published without permission. Links are encouraged.