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Updated: 10/12/2013 08:00:05AM

Flat start dooms Indians, spoils Teepee opening

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SUN PHOTO BY JUSTIN FENNELL

Lauren Mattmuller goes up for a kill during Thursday's match against St. Thomas. Venice lost in three sets.

SUN PHOTO BY JUSTIN FENNELL

The new Teepee includes a high-definition video board, paid for by boosters.

SUN PHOTO BY JUSTIN FENNELL

Holly Kabana had 10 kills and two blocks, but the Indians couldn't overcome a slow start.

By ROB SMITH

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The stage was set for a celebration Thursday: a sparkling new facility packed by a crowd of more than 1,000 Venice High supporters ready to watch the Indians reenact last year’s state championship win over St. Thomas Aquinas.

Once the match began, however, the Raiders (18-2) turned the tables on the Indians (12-6), dominating Venice early and hanging on late for a 25-9, 25-22, 29-27 win in Venice.

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