TAMPA — Last year, the Academy of the Holy Names was eliminated from the district tournament by rival Tampa Catholic.
On Tuesday, the Jaguars got some payback.
Junior outside hitter Courtney Vogler had 14 kills, including the match-winning point, and senior Jennifer Aprile had 38 assists to lead third seed Holy Names past the second-seeded Crusaders, 25-17, 17-25, 25-15, 25-13 in the Class 4A-District 10 semifinals.
Holy Names (14-12) will play top seed Berkeley Prep in the district championship match Thursday at 7 p.m. at Tampa Catholic. Berkeley advanced to its 19th consecutive state region playoff with a 25-13, 25-11, 25-10 win over fourth-seed Sarasota Booker in the earlier semifinal.
“We weren’t really focused on last year,” Holy Names coach Jeff Davis said. “We were focused on our game plan. Last time we played them we felt like we made a high number of errors. We just wanted to control our play.”
The teams split during the regular season, with TC winning the second battle 3-1.
Sophomore Abby Zimroth led the Crusaders (15-5) with 11 kills, while Elizabeth Zimroth had 10 digs.
“We weren’t on our game tonight,” Tampa Catholic coach John Babbitt said. “Honestly, none of us expected to lose tonight. Every one of us expected to win and move on. It’s just one of those things.”
Dallas Adams led Berkeley Prep (19-6) with 11 kills and four aces, while Bridgett O’Carroll had 33 assists.
– Nick Williams
6A-10: Mitchell wins 17th straight match
SEMINOLE — Top-seeded Mitchell kept its record in 6A-10 spotless, sweeping Largo 25-16, 25-14, 25-20 and advancing to the district final Thursday vs. Seminole Osceola.
Led by Daniele Green and Nicole Fletcher, the Mustangs (21-5) have won 17 straight matches dating back to early September.
“Now we have everyone back and healthy and we’re feeling pretty strong all over the court,” Mustangs coach Keith Paulk said. “We’re back to being in complete strength so we feel pretty good about where we stand heading into the final.”
Osceola (12-8), the No. 2 seed, did have success against Mitchell, despite being swept in the regular-season series, as the Warriors took both district matches to five games.
– Mike Camunas
5A-9: Middleton in regions for first time
RIVERVIEW — For the first time in school history, Middleton’s volleyball team is going to the state region playoffs.
The second-seed Tigers defeated host and third-seed Spoto in the district semifinals, 25-14, 25-14, 25-18, Tuesday to advance to Thursday’s championship at 7 p.m. against top seed Robinson.
Isaline Wyatte had seven kills, Marissa Mendez controlled the offense with 21 assists and Libero Victoria Hoang finished with eight digs to lead Middleton (5-15).
“It’s exciting,” fifth-year Middleton coach Robert Dodson said. “I told them it’s one for the record book.”
- Nick Williams
5A-7: Weeki Wachee ousts Wesley Chapel
WEEKI WACHEE — Second-seeded Weeki Wachee clinched the first region berth in its third varsity season, defeating Wesley Chapel 18-25, 25-15, 25-18, 26-24 on Tuesday night.
After falling behind 5-0 in the first game, third-seeded Wesley Chapel (6-16) rebounded to take a 12-9 lead when Abbie Devisfruto served five straight points.
But Weeki Wachee (16-9) responded in the second, as Miranda Werkmeister served five points with four aces to open up a 14-4 advantage.
The Lady Hornets carried that momentum through the third game, going up early and never letting the Lady Wildcats completely get back in it.
In the fourth, Wesley Chapel went ahead 8-5 with six points while Cynthia Hanak served. However, Weeki Wachee battled back and held a 21-16 edge.
With Devisfruto, who had 12 kills, serving, the Lady Cats rallied to tie it at 24 before a kill by Werkmeister and a block by Chreslyn Serama ended it.
– Chris Bernhardt Jr.
3A-7: Perkins leads Tampa Prep’s win
TAMPA — Tampa Prep faced a late charge from Seffner Christian in Game 3 of Tuesday’s Class 3A-District 7 semifinal as the Crusaders fought to force another game, but the Terrapins proved too overwhelming, scoring seven-straight points to take a 3-0 (25-17, 25-16, 25-20) win.
Tampa Prep (14-10) junior Corey Perkins, who led the way for the Terrapins with 20 kills in the match, said her team was focused on reaching Thursday’s district final, where they will face Bishop McLaughlin, which topped Carrollwood Day earlier in the evening.
“In the final set we just wanted to close the game out,” Perkins said. “Our whole goal was to get to Thursday, to face Bishop McLaughlin and that’s the kind of mindset we have to have the rest of the season.”
Bishop McLaughlin advanced with a 3-0 (27-25, 26-24, 25-20) win vs. CDS.
The Patriots had twice topped Bishop McLaughlin during the regular season, including a match Saturday in a tournament hosted by Anclote. However, that didn’t seem to hinder the Hurricanes, who keyed in on wearing down CDS’ 6-foot-1, outside hitter Aisling Sheehan. The strategy, along with solid play from Alyssa Mathis (22 kills) and Aileen Hnatiuk (18 kills, two aces), led to a bit of an upset.
“We knew we had to stop No. 17 (Sheehan) and to get their setter out of position,” Mathis said. “We saw midway through the second game we were starting to get her out of the system.”
– Jarrett Guthrie
2A-8: Sweet 16 for Bayshore Christian
ST. PETERSBURG — Bayshore Christian secured its 16th consecutive state region playoff berth with an upset sweep against second-seed Canterbury in the district semifinals (25-14, 25-23, 25-20).
The Faith Warriors (14-12) lost twice to Canterbury (14-12) during the regular season.
Bayshore Christian, the third seed, will face top seed Keswick Christian in the district championship Thursday at 7 p.m.
Keswick Christian (14-12) advanced with a 25-7, 25-17, 25-13 win over fourth seed Hernando Christian (10-14) and will make its first state playoff appearance since 2007.
– Nick Williams
2A-7: Cambridge sweeps into final
LAND O’ LAKES — Cambridge Christian (12-13) swept host Academy of the Lakes, 25-18, 25-18, 25-20.
“Well, they’re just seven to 10 points better than us as a team,” Academy coach Brian Gonzales said. “We battled there and it was a back and forth, but they got the better of us and that’s how it goes.”
Cambridge (12-13) was led by sophomore outside hitter Grace Nelson, who had 12 kills.
Senior Lauren Evans had 10 kills, five blocks and 10 digs for the Wildcats (8-17), while eighth-grader Julia Mollick had five kills and 10 digs.
Cambridge advances to Thursday’s final vs. the top-seeded Tampa Bay HEAT (17-3), which did not play Tuesday because it’s a three-team district.
– Mike Camunas