Chandler Basha established a formidable presence in the 6A Conference state indoor volleyball tournament, and that was illustrated by an amazing comeback from an 0-2 deficit against rival Gilbert Perry to win the championship.
One of the
people who showed notice was Xavier Prep beach volleyball coach Tim McHale.
“They are a
great volleyball school, and their beach program is only getting better. They
are light years from where they started,’’ he said.
evident in Friday’s (Feb. 28) season opener for both schools at Xavier’s
the match 4-1, but the scores in the five dual matches were close and could
have gone either way at various points.
staged comebacks by its No. 3 team of Tori Burton and Lexi Yoza and its No. 1
team of Serena Turner and Abby Converse. Burton and Yoza won their third set
15-13 and Turner and Converse lost their third set by the same score.
we didn’t get the 5-0 final score, but give kudos to them (Basha),’’ McHale
pleased by the way his players, both varsity and some of the more inexperienced
players at the JV level, handled themselves in accomplishing duties to help the
afternoon and the match go smoothly.
matches on all four of our courts (including exhibitions on courts 3 and 4 -- the
main focus usually is on the first two) and the girls handled themselves well
and were vocal in their support,’’ McHale said. “Those are the kinds of things
you look for in your entire program. It should only continue to help us.’’
what he saw of the No. 2 team of Analy Carbine and Katie Anthony, and the No. 3
team of Burton and Yoza. The latter player was a member of Xavier’s indoor team
in the fall.
her team’s engine going and Lexi battled like crazy throughout her match,’’ he
He was not
disappointed in the effort of his two No. 1’s. Turner used her height (6 feet
1) and long wingspan to block numerous shots by the Bears.
impressive as the match was for the Gators, McHale knows there are a number of
issues to be ironed out by the time they play again next Friday (March 6) at
home against Anthem Boulder Creek.
Xavier Prep 4, Basha 1
No. 1 pair – Basha def. Abby Converse and Serena
Turner, 21-13, 16-21, 15-13. No. 2 –
Analy Carbine and Katie Anthony def. Basha, 21-13, 21-13. No. 3 – Tori Burton and Lexi Yoza def. Basha, 18-21, 21-15, 15-13. No. 4 – Zaira and Alexa Shiner def.
Basha, 21-16, 21-11. No. 5 – Summer
McCann and Angela Valentine def. Basha, 21-10, 21-14.