By Bryan Levine, SunCoast Sports
PORT CHARLOTTE — For the second time this season, Charlotte High School defeated Port Charlotte in a three-set sweep.
The Tarpons went into the Pirates’ house Tuesday night, and grabbed a 25-14, 25-21, 25-14 win.
“We started off a little slow,” said Charlotte coach Michelle Dill of the third set. “We just had to control what we were doing to keep it on our side.”
Port Charlotte (2-6) had its only lead of the night in the third set, as it picked up the first point, and then jumped out to a 5-2 lead. Charlotte (8-0) rallied back to tie the set at seven a piece, and then the two teams traded points a couple of times, as it was 9-9 at one point.
After that, the Tarpons went on a 16-5 run to close out the match thanks to Shelby Beisner and Emily Vaughn.
Beisner had four kills in the final set, totaling 10 for the night, and also had 11 digs. Vaughn’s three kills in the third set gave her a team-high 11 for the match.
“It’s nice that we can run pin to pin (with Beisner and Vaughn on opposite sides),” Dill said. “It’s a good combination with both of them.”
The Pirates kept this one closer than they did in the first meeting on Aug. 29 – where the Tarpons won 25-16, 25-8, 25-9 – with the help of Kiersten Tisdale’s team-high seven kills and six digs.
“I thought we played a lot better this time than we did last time against them,” coach Christine Burkhart said. “There are a few adjustments we still have to make. I think we’re still having issues putting the ball away. We have 11 girls who will battle from beginning to end, and as a coach there’s not much more you can ask for than that.”
Port Charlotte kept it between four and five points for much of the second set, but ran out of time before Charlotte finished with a 25-21 win.
The Tarpons jumped out to an early 10-5 lead in the opening set, and with four Beisner digs , they were able to close it out with a 25-14 victory.
Kaylee Brannon had a team-high 12 digs for Charlotte. Jessica Moore and Ashley Landry each had three aces on serves, most of which came in that 16-5 run for the Tarpons in that final set.
For Port Charlotte, Mckenzie Stewart and Samantha DiBene each had four kills.