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Match Against Miami Dade


(9/20/09) Miami Dade came into the tournament ranked 6th for NJCAA Div I. This was a rematch from last year's tournament when CCC took the Sharks to five games before losing 14-16 in the final game. This year proved to be another outstanding match.

The Cougars came out big in game one gaining a big lead early. Miami did recover but CCC pulled out the win 25-16. In game two, Miami Dade started running the quick middle which opened up the outside hitter with a single defender. The strategy paid off and the Sharks took game two 25-15. During game three the lead changed hands several times in a very close match up before Clearwater won 26-24. The next game proved to be just as exciting with Miami winning 26-24. Momentum in game five went Miami's way and they gained a five point lead early and were able to keep it, winning the final game and match 15-8.

Although a tough loss Coach Denny was extremely pleased with her team's performance against such strong competition. "I am especially encouraged by a strong defensive effort led by senior libero Chrissie Sugimoto. What we lacked offensively we made up on defense."

The Cougars continue play later tonight at the Pasco tournament.