It won’t be easy according to Bulldogs coach Jennifer White, especially after her team’s 3-1 come-from-behind win Tuesday against East Columbus.
The bullseye rests on the Three Rivers' leader.
“Everyone’s out to get us and they know St. Pauls is undefeated,” White said after her team’s eighth conference victory. “This was a good morale booster for us, especially after they came out and beat us the first game.”
West Columbus and Fairmont stand in the way of the Bulldogs’ unblemished conference season. St. Pauls faces the Vikings Thursday and the Golden Tornadoes Tuesday.
“West Columbus has struggled but we’ll get their best shot,” White said. “And Fairmont only has one conference loss and that was to us. They’re always ready.”
Thanks to a re-energized starting lineup after a loss in first game against East Columbus, the Bulldogs (12-2, 8-0) bounced back from being out of sync with a string of kills to open the second. Brittany Glover's third ace of the match gave St. Pauls a 15-10 lead.
“East Columbus forced us to wake up,” White said. “They talked and did what they needed to do in the first game. We didn’t. And you can’t win games when you don’t talk out there.”
Zukia Davis' emphatic slam in the fourth and decisive game put the finishing touches on a dominating performance over the final three games for the Bulldogs in the pivotal matchup with the Gators (9-5, 5-3).
Backed by her team’s momentum gained after a disappointing opening game, Rebekah Mintac led St. Pauls with four service points and 14 digs. Shariyah Alexander contributed nine kills and six blocks.