Roundup: Ocala Trinity Catholic knocks out Santa Fe


Eddie Maynard and the Gainesville Hurricanes upset Pace on the road in the 6A regional quarterfinals on Wednesday.

Elizabeth Hamilton/Correspondent
Published: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 11:10 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 11:10 p.m.

OCALA — Santa Fe had its chances against Ocala Trinity Catholic in the Region 4A-2 quarterfinals on Wednesday night.

Leading 24-21 in the first set, the Raiders committed a key service error that started a 5-0 set-ending run for the hosts.

From there, Santa Fe (16-12) was unable to battle back and saw Trinity Catholic post a 26-24, 25-20, 13-25, 25-17 win .

The loss was the fourth in as many matches for the Raiders against the Celtics (23-5), who will visit P.K. Yonge in the regional semifinals on Tuesday night. The Blue Wave knocked off Trinity Catholic in four sets earlier this season in Ocala.

Trinity Catholic avenged a loss in last year's regional semifinals to Santa Fe and moved its record to 3-2 against the Raiders in the regional playoffs over the last five seasons.

Whitney Drost had nine kills in the first set and appeared ready to lead Santa Fe to the early lead, but the visitors were unable to recover after the key service error.

“That was crucial for us and it gave us a lot of momentum,” Celtics coach Jeff Reavis said.

Santa Fe battled through a 15-minute delay due to the fire alarm going off in the second set to trail 22-20, but the Celtics once again closed things out with a late run.

Drost, though, wouldn't let her team fall, as she had five aces in the third set, but the Raiders got into a 10-4 hole in the fourth set and were unable to recover.

The loss snapped a four-match winning streak for Santa Fe in the opening round of the playoffs, while Trinity Catholic moved its winning streak to five in playoff openers.

Region 1-6A: At Pace, Gainesville defeated Pace 3-2 (30-28, 25-17, 19-25, 19-25, 15-9).

Gainesville (16-11) will play at Middleburg in Tuesday's regional semifinals.

Pace finished at 21-6.

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