P.K. Yonge sweeps The Villages in Region 2-4A quarterfinals


P.K. Yonge Blue Wave outside hitter Courtney Chappell returns a serve against The Villages Buffalo during the class 4A regional quarterfinals on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 in Gainesville, Fla. The Blue Wave swept the Buffalo 3-0 to advance in the playoffs.

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Published: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 10:42 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 10:42 p.m.

When you are the No. 1 volleyball team in Class 4A and ranked No. 16 nationally, and the opposition scores five straight points, it causes a little concern.

That’s about all it caused Wednesday in P.K. Yonge’s dominating 3-0 sweep of The Villages in the Region 2-4A quarterfinals.

Following a 25-15 win in the first set, in which the Buffalo scored five straight after the Blue Wave reached set point, P.K. Yonge flexed its serving muscle in wins of 25-6 and 25-2 to end The Villages’ season.

Eighth-grader Cameron Childs had a serving run of 10 straight points in the second set, turning a 10-5 lead into a 20-5 cushion. In the third set, junior Courtney Chappell topped that, serving 17 straight points with six aces before the Buffalo scored on a Blue Wave error.

“I was obviously angry with how we finished the first set,” P.K. Yonge first-year coach Chad Davis said. “But the way they responded in the last two, really focused against a pretty solid team and beating them that convincingly, is a good sign.”

Chappell finished with 21 service points and nine aces while Childs had 15 service points and seven aces for the Blue Wave, who have won 21 straight matches and posted their 17th 3-0 sweep of the season.

“One big thing for us is our service game is probably the best in the state when we get it rocking,” Davis said. “When we are rolling on the service line, this team is a handful to take on. That is what we have been preaching, how we can make a difference at the service line.”

The Blue Wave (27-1) will host Tuesday’s regional semifinals against Ocala Trinity Catholic, a 3-1 winner over Santa Fe. In its only meeting during the regular season, P.K. Yonge won 3-1 in Ocala.

Sophomore Jac’cara Walker had 14 kills and six digs for the Blue Wave while eighth-grader Eboni Harris had seven kills and three blocks. Kayla Simmons, the team’s lone senior, had 14 assists and Sammy Mueller 12 assists.

The Villages (15-9) never led the entire match, and played it best late in the first when it had that mini-run.

“My girls knew they were 26-1 coming in and ranked No. 1 in the state and ranked nationally,” Buffalo coach Jesus Montalvo of P.K. Yonge said. “It is what it is. They are a great team, and Chad Davis is a great coach.”

Former Buchholz coach Jeff Reavis has taken over as coach of the Celtics (22-5), replacing Cristie Mitchell who was removed by the school last week prior to the district tournament. Davis replaced Reavis as executive director of Gainesville Juniors and both served as assistants to Cindy Boulware during her years at Gainesville High.

Davis said the kids on the court, not the coaches, will decide Tuesday’s match. Former Blue Wave Jordyn Saulsberry, who transferred to The Villages, will be returning to the Blue Wave gym.

“We are going to be ready,” he said. “Both teams are outstanding. We are going to work extremely hard to be ready. Winning 21 in a row against a lot of quality teams is a testament that we are playing some great volleyball. We are going to have to play great on Tuesday night.”

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