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The St. Cloud volleyball team clinched the Orange Belt Conference championship last week.

The Bulldogs (16-6) completed an undefeated (7-0) run through the county squads Thursday with a 25-10, 25-14, 25-13 win over Poinciana.

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The St. Cloud volleyball team, decked out in pink jerseys, defeated Poinciana in three set Tuesday to win the Orange Belt Conference title outright.

“The girls knew what was on the line and came out quick and hard, very business-like,” Coach Ettie Singleton said.

The conference title is the first for St. Cloud since 2003. Singleton coached Gateway to an OBC title in 2006 before coming over to St. Cloud.

“I know it had been a very long time since they won over here,” she said. “The program had taken a downturn before I got here.”

Highlights of the undefeated run through conference were a four-set victory over Osceola on Aug. 28 and a dramatic five-set win over Osceola, the two schools that had passed the OBC title back and forth for the last decade.

“Those were matches we felt like really could have gone either way. We didn’t dominate those,” Singleton said. “A lot of things have gone our way this year, and we’ve just made fewer mistakes. Everyone’s been really competitive.”

The varsity roster consists of Michelle Rivera, Jocelyn Velez, Brooke Singleton, Aniesha Neff, Abbie Tutor, Haudie Whitson, Kaylee Tutor, Jazmin Santiago, Samantha Singleton and Eno Inyang.

“The girls have played awesome together. Every one of them brings something unique to the table, in defense, passing and hitting,” Coach Singleton said. “It takes the entire team to win, and I’m so proud of what they’ve done thus far.”

The Bullodgs close the regular season Tuesday at City of Life Academy and Thursday against Gateway.

In next week’s District 8A-6 tournament, the Bulldogs will need to continue their county dominance. St. Cloud, the third seed, hosts sixth-seed Celebration on Monday in a quarterfinal match.