Weeki Wachee 3, Wesley Chapel 2
The Hornets kept their perfect season intact with a 25-16, 17-25, 25-21, 19-25, 15-10 win. It was the first time this season Weeki Wachee had a match go five sets.
Four players reached double figures in kills for the Hornets, led by Grace Colleran, who had 14. Victoria Gray led in digs with 32 and Nicla Gentile had a team-high 49 assists.
By surviving that challenge, Weeki Wachee (19-0) was able to advance to the region finals for the first time since 2016. The Hornets will travel to face defending state semifinalist Academy of the Holy Names on Saturday.
Academy of the Holy Names 3, LaBelle 0
The Jaguars are one step closer to getting back to the state semifinals after winning 25-19, 25-14, 25-14.
Kinsley Warbritton had 10 kills and 10 digs and Janessa Bailey had 23 assists to lead Academy of the Holy Names.
At one point, the Jaguars were 12-8 this season due in large part to playing a challenging schedule. Those tough matches are now paying off. Academy of the Holy Names has won five straight, all via sweeps.
On Saturday, the Jaguars host Weeki Wachee in the region final.
Bishop McLaughlin 3, Carrollwood Day 0
Audrey Koenig had 16 kills and Maddie Snider added 14 in the Hurricanes 25-17, 25-22, 25-17 win. It marked the fifth time this season Bishop McLaughlin had knocked off its district rival.
The Hurricanes, ranked second overall in the state and 10th in the nation, extended their win streak to 11 to reach the region finals for the second time in the past three seasons. They have been dominant so far in the playoffs, sweeping the first two matches.
Now comes the biggest challenge.
On Saturday, Bishop McLaughlin faces defending Class 3A state champion Sarasota Cardinal Mooney, the team that swept the Hurricanes in the region semifinals last season and in the regular season this year.
Tampa Bay HEAT 3, Canterbury 0
The HEAT won 25-21, 25-11, 25-16 to advance to the region finals for the first time since 2017. They have swept each of their last eight matches.
On Saturday, the Heat travels to play Leesburg First Academy.