Viera girls ‘feel prepared’ heading into district tournament


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Viera High's Rebecca Luchs believes she has improved "dramatically" this season. Luchs and the Hawks will head to Mims on Tuesday to play in the Class 3A, District 7 tournament at the Royal St. Cloud Golf Links.

VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala

There may be a few new faces on this year’s Viera High girls golf team, but the expectations of qualifying for the state tournament haven’t changed.

The first big step toward that goal begins Tuesday.

The Hawks, who had won 11 straight district titles before that streak was snapped last season, will have a chance to start a new streak when they head to the Royal St. Cloud Golf Links on Tuesday for this year’s Class 3A, District 7 tournament.

“We’ve got a pretty good little team,” Viera coach Greg Ford said. “We’ve been shooting in the low 160s (over nine holes) in every match we’ve played.”

Vivian Luu, a freshman, is Viera’s No. 1 player, and one of the best in Brevard County as well.

“I’ve known her since she was knee-high,” Ford said. “She’s a good player. She might be the best in the county because she’s so consistent.”

Laine Bell, a senior transfer from New York, is Viera’s No. 2 player, followed by sophomore Rebecca Luchs at No. 3 and sophomore Brittany Odic. Three players – Lauren Bell, Katie Latham and Heart Gerosano are all in contention for the fifth spot.

Unlike in past years, when the Hawks would play a tough schedule that included several tournaments to help the players get ready for the postseason, this year’s schedule was reduced to just five regular-season matches. That was, of course, a result of the Brevard Public Schools fall sports plan in reaction to the coronavirus pandemic.

But despite the shortened schedule, the Hawks showed they are capable of playing well in a big moment last week when they won the Cape Coast Conference championship.

Now, it’s time to make the big push toward the state tournament.

“We just put more time into practice,” Luchs said. “I wish we had the summer to put it together, but we’re such an experienced group of people. With our team and our coach, I think we feel prepared.

“(Our coach) has been there before. Our whole program has been there before. It’s just the point of putting the pedal to the metal and getting our minds in that right spot where we can do our best, even with this whole COVID thing. It’s all been one big team effort.”

As far as her own game goes, Luchs said she is playing much better this season after undergoing a swing change and a grip change last year. Playing with new irons has helped as well.

“I feel 10 times better,” Luchs said. “I’m hitting the ball cleaner and straighter and farther. Being with the team and practicing with them keeps me happy and it keeps me wanting to get better because I keep wanting to push myself to the limit.”