Buchholz impresses in volleyball quarterfinals

Published: Thursday, November 1, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, November 1, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

Buchholz played at home for the first time since grabbing the Class 6A, District 1 title last week, looking to take the first step toward the girls volleyball 6A-Region 1 championship.

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DeLand's Abbey Worden fails on a save during Game 3 of the 6A Regional semifinals at the Buchholz gym on Wednesday.

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Consider it done after the Bobcats (23-5) completed a 25-17, 25-10, 25-12 victory over DeLand (16-10) in a quarterfinal contest Wednesday night.

Jeff Reavis' Buchholz squad, tied at No. 2 with Miami Killian in the state poll, will host the winner of Spruce Creek-Orange Park in the regional semifinals on Tuesday night.

"If we play like this, it's going to be fine," Reavis said. "I was very happy with them tonight."

Playing alongside a duo of college-committed seniors, it was sophomore standout Christine Pinder that stole the spotlight Wednesday. The outside hitter with Division-I potential landed 20 kills, along with 10 digs to lead all Buchholz performers.

Emory-bound Kelsey Hodge notched 6 kills, 7 digs, 3 blocks, and 9 service points for the Bobcats. Senior setter Margaret Doyle pitched in 29 assists, 6 digs and 9 service points.

Buchholz never allowed DeLand to take more than a 1-point lead until the third game, where the Bobcats allowed the Bulldogs to grab a 5-3 advantage early on. But thanks to plays from Hodge and Gabby Jones, Buchholz was able to regain the lead and complete their sweep.

Reavis extended his praise to the sophomore Jones as a key player in his team's victory, with 6 kills and 3 blocks on the night.

DeLand was unable to find a consistent rhythm throughout the night against the taller and more experienced Bobcats.

"I have a very young team," said Bulldogs coach Debbie Rawlins. "It's hard to play defense against that."

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