Volleyball: Class 4A region quarterfinal breakdown

2020 FHSAA Volleyball State Championships 4A FHSAA Girls Volleyball

The matchups

Region 2

Wesley Chapel (16-5) at Crystal River (6-9)

The Wildcats posted their second straight winning season and are in the playoffs for the first time in more than a decade. They are led by sophomore Chloe Danielson, who has a team-high 185 kills and 56 blocks this season. The Pirates last had a winning season in 2016. They got hot at the right time, beating South Sumter and Dunnellon in the District 5 tournament to secure a playoff spot. Crystal River senior Jordan Williams leads the team in kills with 134. 

North Marion (8-6) at Weeki Wachee (17-0)

After years of struggling, North Marion has turned things around with their third straight winning season. Brooke McConnell, a sophomore, leads the team in assists (142) and aces (46). The Hornets, who have been a consistent playoff contender, are off to their best start in school history. They have a balanced lineup with junior Kristen Pizzano leading the team in kills (261), junior Victoria Gray leading in digs (346) and senior Nicla Gentile leading in assists (662). 

DeSoto County (12-9) at Academy of the Holy Names (15-8)

The Bulldogs are back in the playoffs after a one-year absence. They are led by junior Adriana Barrera, who has a team-high 255 digs and 50 aces this season. The Jaguars, who made it to the state semifinals last season, are poised for another deep playoff run. They are currently ranked fourth overall in Class 4A and 30th overall in the state by MaxPreps. Kinsley Warbritton, a sophomore, leads the team in kills (186) and aces (34). 

Tarpon Springs (8-9) at LaBelle (12-9)

This is a rematch of a quarterfinal match the Spongers won last season. Tarpon Springs is in the playoffs for the fifth straight season. Erika Spankus, a sophomore, leads the team in kills (153) and blocks (15) while junior Gabrielle Spankus leads in assists (147) and aces (38). The Cowboys are back in the playoffs after winning the District 8 title. Their top player is senior Janna Morrisey, who has a team-leading 280 kills and 230 digs this season.