Bloodhounds Looking for Playoff Berth for First Time Since 2007
Mon. October 22, 2012 at 2:04 a.m. | By Solange Reyner
By SOLANGE REYNER
Auburndale started the season with several goals in mind, and one was to go undefeated in the district.
The Bloodhounds have done that, finishing 6-0 in the regular season, and now have a chance to do something bigger if they go unscathed through the Class 5A, District 10 volleyball tournament. They could gain their first playoff berth since 2007.
"It's been a while," Auburndale head coach Kelly Bock said.
Auburndale (13-6) hosts Hardee tonight at 7 p.m. tonight to start the tournament. Five other tournament sites will also have games, including Bartow (7A-7), Kathleen (6A-9), Frostproof (4A-10), Santa Fe Catholic (3A-7) and All Saints' Academy (2A-7).
Bock said this year she focused more on team unity. The girls seem to have bought into it, she said.
"We worked really hard on encouraging the communication and we talked about how we can't be successful without the other person," Bock said. "Really, it's just about being accountable."
And despite having a young team — there are two juniors, seven sophomores and three freshman on Auburndale's squad — Bock said she's got some really talented athletes.
The tournaments run through Thursday, the day championship games take place. Besides Auburndale, three other Polk County teams will look to maintain their perfect conference record: George Jenkins in 7A, Winter Haven in 6A and McKeel Academy in 3A.