Volleyball preview: No. 21 Keswick Christian

Keswick Christian

At a glance

Coach: Dan Zomermaand

Class: 2A, District 6

Last season: 16-6, lost in region quarterfinals

Key players: MB Lauren Cook, Jr.; OH Sydney Jackwin, Sr.; S Hannah Jantomaso, Fr.; MB Sydney Melcher, Jr.; 

Schedule

Aug. 17 vs. Newsome, 5 (preseason @IRC)

Aug. 20 vs. Mitchell, 7 (preseason@IRC)

Aug. 24 vs. Seffner Christian, 6:30

Aug. 26 at Indian Rocks Christian, 6

Aug. 27 at Shorecrest, 6

Aug. 30 vs. Osceola, 6:30

Aug. 31 at Cambridge Christian, 7

Sept. 2 vs. Tampa Bay Heat, 6:30

Sept. 7 vs. Northside Christian, 6

Sept. 13 vs. Shorecrest, 6

Sept. 14 at St. Petersburg Catholic, 6

Sept. 16-18 Keswick Invitational Tournament

Sept. 21 at St. Petersburg, 7:15

Sept. 24-25 at Academy of the Holy Names Tournament

Sept. 28 at Bayshore Christian, 6

Oct. 4 vs. Admiral Farragut, 6:30

Oct. 7 vs. St. Petersburg Catholic, 6:30

Oct. 12 at Northside Christian, 6

Outlook

The Crusaders, who were coming off a region final appearance in 2019, had a rough ending last season. A bulk of the varsity lineup had to quarantine because of COVID protocols during the district tournament. Keswick Christian had to use junior varsity players in its final two matches of the season, both losses. Those setbacks served as a powerful motivator for a team with the talent to make another deep playoff run. The leader is Sydney Jackwin, who has played since the eighth grade and has 1,128 kills and 844 digs in her high school career. The Crusaders should be solid at the net with middle blockers Lauren Cook (141 kills last season) and Sydney Melcher (97 kills) both returning. Hannah Jantomaso, who started as an eighth-grader last season, will be even more experienced handling the offense as the setter. Last season, she had 522 assists.