October 12, 2017

Despite a 3-0 (19-25, 20-25, 17-25) loss to Florida Christian on Tuesday night in Miami, the Coral Shores High School volleyball team had a happy ending with the Patriots’ players after the match.

“Their spirits were lifted when they found out that the other team bought them pizza for dinner. It was such a nice gesture,” said Hurricanes Coach Kathy Ets-Hokin. “They also didn’t charge our parents at the door. People are so kind and thoughtful to us. Westminster Christian also gifted us with gift cards for the girls. It was very nice.”

But the Patriots were all business on the floor as the Hurricanes had trouble with consistency.

“The girls would run hot for a round of six points then cold. It was hard to keep it going throughout the match. The calls from the refs were not in our favor and it kind of put a downer on the team. They are not used to being called for such tight calls on hands and doubles,” said the ’Canes coach. “Even though we lost, the girls played well together and had fun.”

Lily Costa had two blocks, served five aces and had five assists, Ansley Gregis and Riley Dobson each had two kills, Sierra Jenkins registered three kills and had four blocks, Carly Lindback racked up four kills and had an ace, Elise Jordan had two kills and four blocks, Keely Flanagan two digs and libero Tatiana Ayala had 11 digs.

“Tatiana was all over the floor hustling to get to every ball,” said Ets-Hokin.

Coral Shores celebrates its seniors at home today against Pinecrest Prep in their final regular season match. The junior varsity starts at 4 and varsity at 5:30 p.m.

rcooke@keysnews.com