VOLLEYBALL: Charlotte’s reserves key in district win

By Bryan Levine, SunCoast Sports

Charlotte's Emily Vaughn hits the ball through the hands of Ida Baker's Jilian Lutsky (Sun Photo by Jennifer Bruno)

Charlotte’s Emily Vaughn hits the ball through the hands of Ida Baker’s Jilian Lutsky (Sun Photo by Jennifer Bruno)

PUNTA GORDA — Charlotte High School continued its district dominance Monday night in a three-set sweep against Ida Baker.

The Tarpons remained unbeaten in District 7A-10 play with a 25-10, 25-13, 25-16 win over the Bulldogs.

Charlotte coach Michelle Dill went to her backups early in this match, as the Tarpon reserves received substantial playing time.

“We are really diverse with the different players we have,” Dill said. “I basically have three people at every position. Today was a good time to get people in and see what they can do. Olivia (Telfer) and Kelsey (Nolan) did a really good job.

Telfer had eight digs and four kills off the bench, while the junior also added seven service points.

“We were really working as a team,” Telfer said. “We meshed together and we did well.”

Nolan played a crucial role, setting up her teammates for plenty of kills. Caitlin Giacolone had seven digs and six service points.

Abby Hayse also had a strong night off the bench with five kills and eight digs.

Even with extended shifts for Charlotte (18-3, 5-0) reserves, the usual suspects still filled the stat sheet against Ida Baker (11-5, 2-3).

Shelby Beisner had six digs, six kills and four aces on serves. Emily Vaughn had a team-high 10 kills, and Kaylee Brannon had 14 digs and four aces.

Sophomore Skylar Gribben had eight digs, fives kills and a pair of aces.

Those two aces were key in Gribben’s major contribution in the opening set, where Charlotte recorded its points in bunches with a pair of five-point runs with a six-point run mixed in.

Gribben had three digs and four kills in that opening set, while Vaughn had four of her kills there.

The Tarpons led the entirety of the second set, as Beisner led the way with four of her kills and Giacolone grabbed five digs.

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