HUDSON - Weeki Wachee fell just one game short of reaching the championship contest at the Fivay Volleyball Classic Saturday afternoon.
The Lady Hornets nearly overcame in early deficit in the third game in the semifinals against Fivay, but were knocked out, 20-25, 25-18, 13-15.
Weeki Wachee (10-6 overall, 2-2 in tournament), faced Fivay at home earlier in the season but lost in straight sets. Fivay eventually won the tournament against Sunlake in the title game, 25-23, 25-23.
Central (5-11 overall, 0-4 in tournament), Hernando and Springstead (9-7 overall, 3-2 in tournament) also competed in the tournament and finished in the lower bracket pools after not reaching the semifinal round.
"I think we were down 6-1 in that third match and the girls came back," Weeki Wachee head coach Kelly Werkmeister said. "The girls fought until the end. For us, the girls almost knocked (Fivay) out of the tournament. It was really anybody's game in that last set and it was a good match overall."
Fivay opened up a huge lead in the first game, as the Lady Falcons were up 22-6 at one point.
The Lady Hornets, though, would change the tide of the match in their favor and Chreslyn Serama (11 kills) led the charge to help Weeki Wachee take the second game.
The only time Weeki Wachee would lead in the vital third set was at 12-11, but unforced errors and timely kills by Fivay would end up being the main factors.
Alyssa Cupples (21 assists), Miranda Werkmeister (15 digs, seven kills) and Zoey Murchio (15 digs) paced Weeki Wachee on the day.
Fivay's leaders in the semifinal were Ashleigh Nemetz (six kills), Alli Hudson (four kills) and Amber Lake, who had two kills out of 19 attempts made versus the Lady Hornets.
"This tournament really helps us prepare for the turning point heading into districts," Werkmeister added. "There's a lot of good competition at this tournament. All 10 teams that took part are very good squads and playing the games that we did was a lot of ball play. We competed and played better from last year's 1-3 mark in this tourney."
Earlier Saturday, Weeki Wachee defeated Hernando, 25-18, 25-21, marking the Lady Hornets' second win over the Lady Leopards this season.
The two teams occupy the top two spots in the Class 5A, District 7 standings and will meet for a third time Wednesday at Hernando.