In her Zephyrhills coaching debut, Emily Frazer saw her team fall to Weeki Wachee 25-19, 25-15 and 25-17. Not thrilled by the score, but she was elated by the performance of her team and what the future holds for her Bulldogs.
It wasn’t like the Hornets ran away with the three-game sweep. The Bulldogs were in nearly every point. If not for a few unforced errors, Zephyrhills could have turned the tables on a Weeki Wachee team that finished 17-1 last season.
“I think this is the debut we wanted,” Frazer said. “As a team with a not so great record over the years, we came out with the fire. That is the best the team has ever passed. We had phenomenal sets and our killer, there is no denying, they are good. We have the power.”
The killers of Maya Llanes, Aamahri Lewis, Tori Perez, Tiara Sands, Taryn Henry and Bryanna O’Malley put on a show in front of the near-capacity crowd at the Dog House.
“We’re a young team,” Frazer added. “The team you need to be afraid of is us. We have more hustle than any team we face this season.”
Lewis was a force at the net with huge blocks and kills.
“I feel like we found the connection we’ve been looking for,” Lewis said. “We found what works. I think we were in it. We were focused on our game. We played our game.”
The Hornets were a team with strong hitters up front in Danielle McGee and Kristen Pizzano. This may not be the last time these team square off. The Bulldogs and the Hornets could see each other in the district tournament.
“Every point was earned and that is the difference between good teams and bad teams,” Frazer said. “Weeki Wachee is good. When we play them again in districts we’ll know. They have two hitters. I got six.”