PUNTA GORDA — It took a little adversity for Charlotte to assert itself Thursday night.
After taking the first set from Lemon Bay and then building a nine-point lead in the second, the Tarpons relaxed a little too much. They let the Manta Rays storm back and take a two-point lead before Charlotte head coach Michele Dill told her girls to stop messing around.
That message was all it took.
Charlotte came back to win the second set and finished off a sweep of Lemon Bay with wins of 25-14, 25-20 and 25-15 to remain undefeated. Although the teams are both members of District 10-7A, the contest did not count as a district match.
Sophomore Shelby Beisner led Charlotte (5-0) with 13 kills and junior Emily Vaughn added 10 more as the team combined for 49. The Tarpons (5-0) trailed 3-1 briefly to begin the first set, but never trailed again until a minor hiccup in the second, when they lost a 14-5 lead and allowed the Manta Rays to come back and take a 20-18 advantage.
That’s when Dill called time out.
“I basically told them we relaxed and we can’t do that in the middle game,” Dill said. “We have to capitalize on it and finish the game hard. We were making a lot of hitting errors so we’ve got to limit our errors and keep the ball going on the other side of the net.”
Charlotte scored the next seven points to finish off the set, including the final three by Beisner, who delivered two kills and an assisted block.
The Tarpons never trailed in the third set.
Sophomore Caroline Hill and freshman Maggie Poulakis led Lemon Bay with three kills apiece.