Regional semifinal volleyball capsules
Published: Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, November 4, 2013 at 9:40 p.m.
All games start at 7 p.m.
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WHO: Gainesville (16-11) at Middleburg (18-10)
WHAT: Class 6A, Region 1
HOW THEY GOT HERE: Gainesville def. Pace 30-28, 25-17, 19-25, 19-25, 15-9 in the regional quarterfinals; Middleburg def. Pensacola Washington 25-18, 25-17, 25-19.
WHAT'S NEXT: Gainesville would host St. Johns Bartram Trail or travel to Ponte Vedra Nease in Saturday's regional finals; Middleburg would host either team.
SERVICE POINTS: This is the third straight regional semifinal berth for Gainesville under coach Eddie Maynard, whose Hurricanes reached the 6A state semifinals in 2011, losing to state champion Tallahassee Leon. The Broncos are making their first regional semifinal appearance since 2008. Before that, Middleburg was in nine straight playoffs, playing in the state 4A final in 2003 and 2004, under coach Carrie Prewitt, who has coached there for more than 25 years.
WHO: Eastside (11-16) at Belleview (23-5)
WHAT: Class 5A, Region 2
HOW THEY GOT HERE: Eastside def. Inverness Citrus 23-25, 12-25, 25-21, 25-22, 15-10 in the regional quarterfinals; Belleview def. Crystal River 25-20, 25-16, 25-12.
WHAT'S NEXT: Eastside would host Holiday Anclote or travel to Hudson Fivay in Saturday's regional finals; Belleview would host Fivay or Anclote.
SERVICE POINTS: This is the second regional semifinal berth in the last three years for Eastside, led by first-year coach Erin Maynard. The Rams last reached the regional finals in 2008 and have never reached the state tournament. Belleview has reached its first regional semifinals since 2007 and has never reached the regional finals. This is the fourth meeting this season between these two district rivals with the Rattlers winning all three, including the district final.
WHO: Ocala Trinity Catholic (23-5) at P.K. Yonge (27-1)
WHAT: Class 4A, Region 2
HOW THEY GOT HERE: P.K. Yonge def. The Villages 25-15, 25-6, 25-2 in the regional quarterfinals; Trinity Catholic def. Santa Fe 26-24, 25-20, 13-25, 25-17.
WHAT'S NEXT: P.K. Yonge would host Lake Highland Prep or Melbourne Holy Trinity in Saturday's regional finals; Trinity Catholic would host either team.
SERVICE POINTS: P.K. Yonge is making its 16th straight regional semifinal appearance and is vying for its sixth regional final in the last seven years and first state tournament since 2003. Last year the Blue Wave, in 3A, lost to St. Francis in the regional semifinals in five sets. Under first-year coach Chad Davis, P.K. Yonge is ranked No. 1 in 4A, No. 16 nationally (according to MaxPreps) and winners of 21 straight matches. The Blue Wave's only loss was at St. Francis in five sets. Former Buchholz coach Jeff Reavis has taken over at Trinity Catholic as Cristie Mitchell was removed as coach before the team's district tournament finale. Former Blue Wave and The Sun's Player of the Year Jordyn Saulsberry returns after transferring to Trinity Catholic this year. The Celtics are in their fifth straight regional semifinals, losing last year at home to Santa Fe.
WHO: Jacksonville Providence (18-10) at St. Francis (25-3)
WHAT: Class 3A, Region 1
HOW THEY GOT HERE: St. Francis def. Jacksonville University Christian 25-8, 25-14, 25-12 in the regional quarterfinals; Providence def. St. Johns Country Day 25-21, 30-32, 25-18, 25-12.
WHAT'S NEXT: St. Francis would host Tallahassee John Paul II or travel to Tallahassee Maclay in Saturday's regional finals; Providence would host John Paul II or travel to Maclay.
SERVICE POINTS: St. Francis, state 3A finalists a year ago, are in its third straight regional semifinals under coach Nick Cheronis. The Wolves' three losses were to upper classification schools — Jacksonville Bishop Kenny (5A), Tampa Berkeley Prep (4A) and Orlando Lake Highland (4A). St. Francis beat Providence twice during the regular season, not giving up a set in the process. The Stallions are in their sixth regional semifinal in the last seven years, but have yet to advance past this round.
WHO: Bell (18-8) at Lafayette (18-4)
WHAT: Class 1A, Region 3
HOW THEY GOT HERE: Lafayette def. Branford 25-14, 25-19, 25-9 in District 5-1A final: Bell lost to Hilliard 15-25, 25-22, 19-25, 26-24, 15-13 in District 6-1A final.
WHAT'S NEXT: Lafayette would host Hilliard or Branford in Saturday's regional finals; Bell would host Branford or travel to Hilliard.
SERVICE POINTS: Lafayette is the two-time defending 1A state champions, which, although had its 45-game win streak snapped in its season opener to Newberry, is back vying for another title. Warner Christian is the last 1A team to win three straight state titles (2008-2010). Tampa Prep won six straight from 1980-1985. This is a rematch of last year's regional final, which the Hornets won 3-0. Bell, which split with Lafayette in two matches during the regular season, last reached the state tournament in 1995.
WHO: Branford (6-15) at Hilliard (14-6)
WHAT: Class 1A, Region 3
HOW THEY GOT HERE: Branford lost to Lafayette 25-14, 25-19, 25-9 in the District 5-1A final; Hilliard def. Bell 15-25, 25-22, 19-25, 26-24, 15-13 in District 6-1A final.
WHAT'S NEXT: Hilliard would host Bell or travel to Lafayette in Saturday's regional finals; Branford would travel to Lafayette or Bell.
SERVICE POINTS: Branford is in its second straight regional semifinals and only its third playoff berth ever. The Buccaneers have yet to win a postseason match. The Red Flashes are also in their second straight regional semifinal and are also looking for their first playoff win.
WHO: Pierson Taylor (9-11) at Williston (13-3)
WHAT: Class 1A, Region 4
HOW THEY GOT HERE: Williston def. Newberry 25-16, 25-23, 25-18 in the District 7-1A final; Taylor lost to Crescent City 22-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-19 in the District 8-1A final.
WHAT'S NEXT: Williston would host Newberry or Crescent City in Saturday's regional final; Taylor would host Newberry or play at Crescent City.
SERVICE POINTS: Williston is in its first playoff since 2004 and is going for its first postseason win since 1998 when the Red Devils played in their second straight 3A state final. Coach Kim Nivala is in her eighth year at Williston, 20th year total with previous coaching in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The Red Devils, ranked No. 2 in Class 1A by MaxPreps, have never won a state title in volleyball. The Wildcats lost to Liberty County in last year's 1A state semifinals. Taylor, which plays in a three-team district, has lost five of its last six matches.
WHO: Newberry (15-11) at Crescent City (18-7)
WHAT: Class 1A, Region 4
HOW THEY GOT HERE: Newberry lost to Williston 25-16, 25-23, 25-18 in the District 7-1A final; Crescent City def. Pierson Taylor 22-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-19 in the District 8-1A final.
WHAT'S NEXT: Newberry would play at Williston or Pierson Taylor in Saturday's regional final; Crescent City would host Taylor or play at Williston.
SERVICE POINTS: The visiting Panthers are in their second straight playoff and are looking for their first postseason win in school history. The host Raiders, who lost to Lafayette in the 1A state final in 2011, missed the playoffs in 2012.