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Here are the schedules for this week’s district volleyball tournaments. The brackets automatically update once scores are submitted to MaxPreps.

Class 7A, District 6

2021 Girls Volleyball District Tournaments 7A District 6

Prime time performers

Tuesday (Oct. 19/semifinals)

L Brooke Arnold, Sr., Riverview: Ended up with 22 assists in a win over Plant City. 

S Jordan Ballou, Jr., Riverview: Had 18 assists and 10 digs in a win over Plant City. 

RS Hannah Bowers, Sr., Riverview: Recorded six kills, five digs and three blocks in a win over Plant City. 

S Sydney Ginaitt, Sr., Newsome: Had a team-high 29 assists in a win over Durant. 

OH Kaley Kugler, Jr., Newsome: Finished with nine kills and two service aces in a win over Durant. 

Thursday (Oct. 21/final)

S Jordan Ballou, Jr., Riverview: Recorded 15 assists and 15 digs in a loss to Newsome. 

S Sydney Ginaitt, Sr., Newsome: Finished with 41 assists and three digs in a win over Riverview. 

OH Alexa Kosmopolis, Sr., Newsome: Ended up with 16 kills, six digs and three service aces in a win over Riverview. 

OH Kaley Kugler, Jr., Newsome: Had 13 digs, 12 kills and five service aces in a win over Riverview. 

MB Reagan McConomy, Jr., Riverview: Finished with six kills and five blocks in a loss to Newsome. 

Class 7A, District 7

2021 Girls Volleyball District Tournaments 7A District 7

Prime time performers

Monday (Oct. 18/quarterfinals)

S Maddie Avergonzado, Sr., East Lake: Recorded a team-high 24 assists in a win over Alonso. 

S Kalena Bex, Jr., East Lake: Ended up with 20 assists and five digs in a win over Alonso. 

OH Valentina Echeverri, Sr., East Lake: Finished with 16 digs, 12 kills and four service aces in a win over Alonso. 

MH/OH Mia Holder, Sr., Sickles: Recorded a team-high 16 kills in a win over Palm Harbor University. 

S/RS/DS Tatum Pope, Jr., Sickles: Had 51 assists, 10 digs and four service aces in a win over Palm Harbor University. 

DS/L Kiki Provatas, So., East Lake: Had 10 kills, nine digs, two blocks and two service aces in a win over Alonso. 

OH Emilie Vendrone, Sr., Sickles: Finished with 21 digs and 14 kills in a win over Palm Harbor University. 

MH/RS/S Gwen Tippen, Jr., Sickles: Ended up with 12 kills, three service aces, two blocks and two digs in a win over Palm Harbor University. 

Tuesday (Oct. 19/semifinals)

S Izzy Mogridge, Fr., Steinbrenner: Finished with 15 assists and seven digs in a win over East Lake. 

MB Liv Mogridge, Sr., Steinbrenner: Led the Warriors with 11 service aces, six kills and two blocks in a win over East Lake.  

Thursday (Oct. 21/final)

OH/RS Zoe Chin, Sr., Steinbrenner: Recorded 11 digs in a win over Plant. 

L Madi Espy, Sr., Steinbrenner: Led the Warriors in digs with 22 in a win over Plant. 

OH Lily Frierson, Jr., Plant: Had 22 digs and 19 kills in a loss to Steinbrenner. 

S/RS Mindy Knipp, Sr., Steinbrenner: Ended up with 18 assists and three service aces in a win over Plant.

S Jennifer Rayburn, Jr., Plant: Finished with 41 assists and seven digs in a loss to Steinbrenner. 

S Izzy Mogridge, Fr., Steinbrenner: Recorded 17 kills, four blocks and four aces in a win over Plant. 

MB Liv Mogridge, Sr., Steinbrenner: Ended up with 18 assists and four service aces. 

Class 6A, District 5

2021 Girls Volleyball District Tournaments 6A District 5

Prime time performers

Monday (Oct. 18/quarterfinals)

OH/DS Emily Bentley, Jr., Gaither: Led the Cowboys with 13 kills, 11 digs, three blocks and two service aces in a win over Largo. 

S Brooke Brown, Sr., Land O’ Lakes: Recorded 14 assists and seven digs and four service aces in a win over Leto. 

OH Kylie Ciani, Sr., Sunlake: Ended up with 21 kills, 11 digs and four blocks in a win over Pinellas Park. 

S Ashlyn Going, Jr., Pinellas Park: Recorded a team-high 21 assists in a loss to Sunlake. 

MB/RS/OH Angie Hansen, Fr., Gaither: Finished with 16 kills, eight digs and two blocks in a win over Largo. 

DS/L Elahanna Harnden, So., Sunlake: Had 10 digs and four kills in a win over Pinellas Park. 

OH/DS/S Emma Hatcher, Sr., Land O’ Lakes: Ended up with nine kills and six service aces in a win over Leto. 

S Maryanne Lugo, Jr., Sunlake: Recorded 21 assists, three digs and three service aces in a win over Pinellas Park. 

S Alexis Rosario, Jr., Gaither: Had 23 assists, four digs and two service aces in a win over Largo. 

S Sydney Waldenmyer, Sr., Land O’ Lakes: Finished with 17 assists, five digs and five service aces in a win over Leto. 

Tuesday (Oct. 19/semifinals)

S Brooke Brown, Sr., Land O’ Lakes: Recorded 19 assists and 10 digs in a win over Sunlake. 

S Kylie Ciani, Sr., Sunlake: Led the Seahawks with 21 digs, 20 kills, 10 blocks and eight assists in a loss to Land O’ Lakes. 

L/DS Catie Grimes, Sr., Land O’ Lakes: Finished with a team-high 25 digs in a win over Sunlake. 

OH Izzabella Horruitiner, So., Land O’ Lakes: Led the Gators with 14 kills, nine digs and seven service aces in a win over Sunlake. 

S Sydney Waldenmeyer, Sr., Land O’ Lakes: Finished with 17 assists and 11 digs in a win over Sunlake. 

Thursday (Oct. 21 final)

S Bella Baldyga, Sr., Mitchell: Recorded 26 assists and six digs in a win over Land O’ Lakes. 

S/RS Ava Connors, Jr., Mitchell: Had 19 assists, 10 digs, seven kills and four blocks in a win over Land O’ Lakes. 

OH Izzabella Horruitiner, So., Land O’ Lakes: Ended up with 13 kills and nine digs in a loss to Mitchell. 

OH Caroline Knight, Jr., Mitchell: Finished with 22 kills, eight digs and five service aces in a win over Land O’ Lakes. 

Class 6A, District 6

2021 Girls Volleyball District Tournaments 6A District 6

Prime time performers

Tuesday (Oct. 19 semifinals)

DS/L Delaney Moran, Jr., Wiregrass Ranch: Finished with 22 digs and four assists in a win over Armwood. 

S Laura Dong, Jr., Hillsborough: Ended up with 30 assists, six digs and three kills in a win over Tampa Bay Tech. 

OH Lucy Pallenberg, Jr., Hillsborough: Recorded 15 kills, seven digs and three service aces in a win over Tampa Bay Tech. 

OH/OPP/S Haley Strawser, So., Wiregrass Ranch: Led the Bulls with 13 kills, 10 assists, five digs and three service aces in a win over Armwood. 

Wednesday (Oct. 20 semifinals)

OH Bella Bonatakis, Sr., Wharton: Finished with 22 kills and three digs in a win over Hillsborough. 

S Laura Dong, Sr., Hillsborough: Recorded 17 assists and eight digs in a loss to Wharton. 

MH Alexandra Friebolin, Sr., Strawberry Crest: Ended up with 12 kills, four blocks and three digs in a win over Wiregrass Ranch. 

S Gabrielle Frye, Sr., Wharton: Had 12 assists and six digs in a win over Hillsborough. 

S Morgan McGuire, Jr., Strawberry Crest: Finished with 29 assists and eight digs in a win over Wiregrass Ranch. 

MB/RS/OH Savannah Schwarz, So., Strawberry Crest: Recorded 13 kills, three blocks and three service aces in a win over Wiregrass Ranch. 

OH/OPP/S Haley Strawser, So., Wiregrass Ranch: Had 20 assists, 15 kills, eight digs and two service aces in a loss to Wharton. 

Friday (Oct. 22/final)

OH Bella Bonatakis, Sr., Wharton: Finished with 23 kills and seven service aces in a win over Strawberry Crest. 

OH Kalie Fernandez, Sr., Wharton: Recorded 14 digs and four kills in a win over Strawberry Crest. 

S Gabby Frye, Sr., Wharton: Ended up with 14 assists and four kills in a win over Strawberry Crest. 

Class 6A, District 7

2021 Girls Volleyball District Tournaments 6A District 7

Prime time performers

Tuesday (Oct. 19 semifinals)

OH/MB/S Kennedy Reed, Jr., Sumner: Recorded 18 kills, 11 digs, three blocks and two service aces in a loss to Bloomingdale. 

Class 5A, District 6

2021 Girls Volleyball District Tournaments 5A District 6

Prime time performers

Monday (Oct. 18/quarterfinals)

DS Brooke Ashkenase, So., Wesley Chapel: Recorded 13 digs and three assists in a win over Zephyrhills. 

DS/S/L Laney Brinson, Jr., Cypress Creek: Led the Coyotes with 22 assists, 11 digs and six kills in a win over Gulf. 

MH/OH Chloe Danielson, Jr., Wesley Chapel: Ended up with 11 kills and four digs in a win over Zephyrhills. 

S/RS Jenna Ly, Jr., Wesley Chapel: Had 22 assists and five digs in a win over Zephyrhills. 

L/DS Anna Slean, Sr., Cypress Creek: Finished with 19 digs and three kils in a win over Gulf. 

DS/S Adrianna Villanueva, Jr., Cypress Creek: Recorded 27 digs, five assists and three service aces in a win over Gulf. 

Tuesday (Oct. 19/semifinals)

DS/S/L Laney Brinson,Jr., Cypress Creek: Finished with 36 assists and 18 digs in a win over Fivay. 

OH/MH Chloe Danielson, Jr., Wesley Chapel: Led the Wildcats with 20 kills, four blocks and four digs in a win over River Ridge. 

S/RS Jenna Ly, Jr., Wesley Chapel: Ended up with 37 assists, five kills, five service aces and four digs in a win over River Ridge. 

RS/S Mackenzie Noble, Sr., Cypress Creek: Had 12 digs, 10 kills and three blocks in a win over Fivay. 

L/DS Anna Slean, Sr., Cypress Creek: Finished with 31 digs and three assists in a win over Fivay.  

MH/OH Cyanna Torrado, Jr., Cypress Creek: Recorded 14 kills and six blocks in a win over Fivay. 

Thursday (Oct. 21/final)

DS Brooke Ashkenase, So., Wesley Chapel: Recorded a team-high 25 digs in a win over Cypress Creek. 

MH/OH Chloe Danielson, Jr., Wesley Chapel: Had 14 kills, 10 digs and three blocks in a win over Cypress Creek. 

S/RS Jenna Ly, Jr., Wesley Chapel: Finished with 37 assists, 15 digs and five service aces in a win over Cypress Creek. 

Class 5A, District 7

2021 Girls Volleyball District Tournaments 5A District 7

Prime time performers

Monday (Oct. 18/quarterfinals)

OH/RS/MB Dahlia Palacios, Jr., Freedom: Finished with eight kills in a win over Blake. 

S/L/DS Mallory Yee, Jr., Freedom: Recorded 19 assists, five service aces and two kills in a win over Blake. 

Tuesday (Oct. 19/semifinals)

L/DS Addison Barno, So., Freedom: Had 10 digs and four assists in a win over Middleton. 

OH/RS/MB Dahlia Palacios, Jr., Freedom: Recorded eight kills and seven digs in a win over Middleton. 

S/L/DS Mallory Yee, Jr., Freedom: Finished with 19 assists and two service aces in a win over Middleton. 

Class 5A, District 9

2021 Girls Volleyball District Tournaments 5A District 9

Tuesday (Oct. 19/quarterfinals)

S/OH Skylar Holtzclaw, Sr., Hollins: Finished with 33 digs, 21 kills, 12 assists and five service aces in a win over Countryside. 

S/OH Jaida Lloyd, Fr., Hollins: Recorded 11 assists, five digs and four service aces in a win over Countryside. 

Wednesday (Oct. 20/semifinals)

S Nicole Fowler, Sr., Osceola: Had 10 assists and three digs in a win over Hollins. 

L/DS Natalie Grantges, Jr., Osceola: Finished with eight digs and five service aces in a win over Hollins. 

Class 5A, District 10

2021 Girls Volleyball District Tournaments 5A District 10

Tuesday (Oct. 19/semifinals)

S/RS Alexis Baum, So., Northeast: Ended up with nine digs, seven service aces, six kills and six assists in a loss to Boca Ciega. 

S Asil Quandil, Jr., Boca Ciega: Finished with 24 assists in a win over Northeast. 

OH Nevaeh Wright, Sr., Boca Ciega: Recorded 15 kills in a win over Northeast. 

Thursday (Oct. 21/final)

S Sydney Applefield, So., St. Petersburg: Had 11 assists, seven digs and three service aces in a win over Boca Ciega. 

OH/OPP Jordan Bunce, Jr., St. Petersburg: Finished with 13 kills, six service aces and five digs in a win over Boca Ciega. 

S Nydia Kushta, Sr., St. Petersburg: Recorded a team-high 21 assists in a win over Boca Ciega. 

Class 4A, District 5

2021 Girls Volleyball District Tournaments 4A District 5

Prime time performers

Monday (Oct. 18/quarterfinals)

S/RS Angalina Bradford, Jr., Anclote: Finished with 22 assists, five service aces and three digs in a win over South Sumter. 

OPP/MH/OH Gabrielle Horn, Jr., Anclote: Led the Sharks with 14 kills, four digs and two service aces in a win over South Sumter. 

Tuesday (Oct. 19-20/semifinals/final)

S/RS Angalina Bradford, Jr., Anclote: Had 20 assists and five digs in a loss to Nature Coast.

RS/OH Grace Colleran, Sr., Weeki Wachee: Recorded a combined 19 kills and eight service aces in wins over Hernando and Nature Coast. 

OPP/MH/OH Gabrielle Horn, Jr., Anclote: Recorded 11 kills and 11 digs in a loss to Nature Coast. 

OH/MH Danielle McGee, Sr., Weeki Wachee: Finished with a combined 23 kills and five service aces in wins over Hernando and Nature Coast. 

L/RS/DS Ashley Miller, So., Anclote: Ended up with 29 assists and three digs in a loss to Nature Coast. 

Allora Murray, Weeki Wachee: Had a combined 35 assists, two kills and two service aces in wins over Hernando and Weeki Wachee. 

OH/MH Kristin Pizzano, Sr., Weeki Wachee: Recorded a combined 23 kills and three service aces in wins over Hernando and Nature Coast. 

Class 4A, District 6

2021 Girls Volleyball District Tournaments 4A District 6

Prime time performers

Tuesday (Oct. 19/semifinals)

MB Jade Campbell, Sr., Tarpon Springs: Had seven kills and two blocks in a win over Dunedin. 

L/DS Lauren D’Onofrio, Jr., Academy of the Holy Names: Led the Jaguars in service aces with 14 in a win over Lakewood. 

S Morgan Garlick, Sr., Academy of the Holy Names: Finished with a team-high 13 assists in a win over Lakewood. 

OH Lily Hayes, Fr., Academy of the Holy Names: Had 14 kills, three service aces and two digs in a win over Lakewood. 

OH Erika Spankus, Sr., Tarpon Springs: Recorded 19 kills and two blocks in a win over Dunedin. 

S/RS Gabrielle Spankus, Sr., Tarpon Springs: Finished with 19 assists, three kills and two service aces in a win over Dunedin. 

Thursday (Oct. 21/final)

OH Michaela Clayton, So., Academy of the Holy Names: Recorded 19 digs, 13 kills and four service aces in a win over Tarpon Springs. 

L/DS Lauren D’Onofrio, Sr., Academy of the Holy Names: Ended up with a team-high 25 assists in a win over Tarpon Springs. 

S Morgan Garlick, Sr., Academy of the Holy Names: Finished with 27 assists and seven digs in a win over Tarpon Springs. 

OH Lily Hayes, Fr., Academy of the Holy Names: Had 14 kills and 14 digs in a win over Tarpon Springs. 

MB/OH Erika Spankus, Jr., Tarpon Springs: Finished with 26 kills and 16 digs in a loss to Academy of the Holy Names. 

S Gabrielle Spankus, Sr., Tarpon Springs: Recorded 23 assists and 19 digs in a loss to Academy of the Holy Names. 

Class 3A, District 5

2021 Girls Volleyball District Tournaments 3A District 5

Prime time performers

Monday (Oct. 18/quarterfinals)

L/DS Jessie Golden, Sr., Carrollwood Day: Finished with 31 assists, 11 digs, six kills and three service aces in a win over Tampa Catholic.

OH Olivia Hart, So., Tampa Prep: Had eight kills, five digs and four service aces in a win over Seffner Christian.  

DS Laney Higgins, Sr., Carrollwood Day: Recorded a team-high 17 digs in a win over Tampa Catholic. 

S/DS Gabi Smith, Sr., Seffner Christian: Ended up with 10 digs and three assists in a loss to Tampa Prep. 

S/OH Maya Van Heyst, Jr., Tampa Prep: Finished with a team-high 27 assists and six service aces in a win over Seffner Christian. 

OH Jasmine Welton, Sr., Carrollwood Day: Led the Patriots in kills with 21 and had 14 digs in a win over Tampa Catholic. 

MB/OH Ivana Zujovic, Jr., Tampa Prep: Had 10 kills and two blocks in a win over Seffner Christian.

Tuesday (Oct. 19/semifinals)

OH Olivia Hart, So., Tampa Prep: Recorded 22 kills and 14 digs in a win over Bishop McLaughlin. 

RS Bailey Higgins, So., Berkeley Prep: Led the Buccaneers with 13 kills, 10 digs and five service aces in a win over Carrollwood Day. 

OH Rylee Johnson, Jr., Tampa Prep: Finished with 17 kills and 15 digs in a win over Bishop McLaughlin. 

S/RS Victoria Padilla, So., Tampa Prep: Had 20 assists and seven digs in a win over Bishop McLaughlin.

S/RS Olivia Rabinowitz, Sr., Berkeley Prep: Finished with 33 assists, four digs and three kills in a win over Carrollwood Day.  

OH/RS Ava Swain, Sr., Berkeley Prep: Recorded 14 kills and three digs in a win over Carrollwood Day. 

S/OH Maya Van Heist, Jr., Tampa Prep: Ended up with 30 assists and 11 digs in a win over Bishop McLaughlin. 

Thursday (Oct. 21/final)

OH Olivia Hart, So., Tampa Prep: Had 10 kills, 10 digs and five service aces in a win over Berkeley Prep. 

RS Bailey Higgins, So., Berkeley Prep: Finished with 19 kills, 10 digs and three blocks in a loss to Tampa Prep. 

OH Rylee Johnson, So., Tampa Prep: Had 14 kills, four digs and two blocks in a win over Berkeley Prep. 

L Autumn Martinez-Robinson, Jr., Tampa Prep: Ended up with 15 digs, seven service aces and seven assists in a win over Berkeley Prep.  

S Olivia Rabinowitz, Sr.,Berkeley Prep: Recorded 27 assists and six digs in a loss to Tampa Prep. 

S/OH Maya Van Heyst, Jr., Tampa Prep: Finished with 22 assists, nine digs, six kills and three service aces in a win over Berkeley Prep. 

Class 3A, District 6

2021 Girls Volleyball District Tournaments 3A District 6

Prime time performers

Monday (Oct. 18/quarterfinals)

S Lexie Alstott, Sr., Northside Christian: Ended up with 22 assists, eight digs, seven kills and four service aces in a win over St. Petersburg Catholic. 

S Elle Smith, 8th, Northside Christian: Finished with 17 digs and 16 kills in a win over St. Petersburg Catholic. 

MH Kendall Weber, Jr., Northside Christian: Had 19 kills and three digs in a win over St. Petersburg Catholic. 

Tuesday (Oct. 19/semifinals)

S Lexie Alstott, Sr., Northside Christian: Finished with 12 assists and four digs in a loss to Calvary Christian. 

OH Taylor Bedinghaus, So., Clearwater Central Catholic: Recorded 20 kills, seven digs and six service aces in a win over Shorecrest. 

S Victoria Hensley, Sr., Clearwater Central Catholic: Finished with 37 assists and 15 digs in a win over Shorecrest. 

S Grace Jannarone, So., Calvary Christian: Had 20 assists, two blocks and two service aces in a win over Northside Christian. 

OH/S Brooke Waldmann, Sr., Shorecrest: Recorded 21 assists and seven digs in a loss to Clearwater Central Catholic. 

OH Emarie Straw, So., Calvary Christian: Ended up with 10 kills, three service aces and three digs in a win over Northside Christian.

Thursday (Oct. 21/final)

S Taylor Parks, So., Calvary Christian: Finished with 37 assists and seven digs in a win over Clearwater Central Catholic. 

OH Noelle Walsh, Sr., Calvary Christian: Recorded 10 kills and nine digs in a win over Clearwater Central Catholic. 

Class 3A, District 7

2021 Girls Volleyball District Tournaments 3A District 7

Class 2A, District 5

2021 Girls Volleyball District Tournaments 2A District 5

Prime time performers

Thursday (Oct. 21/final)

S Selah Diehm, Jr., Cambridge Christian: Had 14 assists and 10 digs in a win over Seven Rivers Christian. 

OH Delaney Goodger, Sr., Cambridge Christian: Finished with 12 kills and eight digs in a win over Seven Rivers Christian. 

Class 2A, District 6

2021 Girls Volleyball District Tournaments 2A District 6

Prime time performers

Monday (Oct. 18/quarterfinals)

MB Lauren Cook, Jr., Keswick Christian: Recorded seven kills and five service aces in a win over Brandon Academy. 

OH Sydney Jackwin, Sr., Keswick Christian: Ended up with eight kills, five service aces and three digs in a win over Brandon Academy. 

S Hannah Jantomaso, Sr., Keswick Christian: Finished with 31 assists, seven service aces and two digs in a win over Brandon Academy. 

OPP Macy Lee, So., Tampa Bay HEAT: Recorded 10 assists and three digs in a win over Lakeside Christian. 

OH Silvana Lorente, Sr., Indian Rocks Christian: Had 14 digs and 12 kills in a win over Foundation Christian. 

L/DS Sophia Perez, Fr., Indian Rocks Christian: Finished with a team-high 33 digs in a win over Foundation Christian. 

DS Sarah Schism, Jr., Tampa Bay HEAT: Led the Heat in service aces with 13 in a win over Lakeside Christian. 

S Madison Stoeckler, Jr., Indian Rocks Christian: Ended up with 19 assists, 11 digs, four kills and three service aces in a win over Foundation Christian. 

Tuesday (Oct. 19/semifinals)

MB Lauren Cook, Jr., Keswick Christian: Finished with eight kills and three service aces in a win over Bayshore Christian.

OPP/MB Camille Halloway, Fr., Keswick Christian: Had five kills and five digs in a win over Bayshore Christian.

OH Sydney Jackwin, Sr., Keswick Christian: Recorded 10 kills, nine digs and two service aces in a win over Bayshore Christian.

S Hannah Jantomaso, Fr., Keswick Christian: Ended up with 23 assists and two kills in a win over Bayshore Christian.

OH Makenzie Lee, Sr., Tampa Bay HEAT: Had 10 kills, six digs and four service aces in a win over Indian Rocks Christian. 

S Mia Saavedra, Jr., Tampa Bay HEAT: Finished with 24 assists and 17 digs in a win over Indian Rocks Christian. 

S Madison Stoeckler, Jr., Indian Rocks Christian: Ended up with 10 assists and eight digs in a loss to the Tampa Bay HEAT. 

Thursday (Oct. 21/final)

OPP/MB Camille Holloway, Fr., Keswick Christian: Finished with 11 kills and 11 digs in a win over the Tampa Bay HEAT. 

OH Sydney Jackwin, Sr., Keswick Christian: Led the Crusaders with 18 digs, 14 kills and three service aces in a win over the Tampa Bay HEAT. 

S Hannah Jantomaso, Fr., Keswick Christian: Recorded 40 assists and three digs in a win over the Tampa Bay HEAT. 

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Volleyball: Plant rallies to win 7A state title

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Sarah Reiss (formerly Kirkwood) won three state titles (2001-03) as a player at Plant. 

On Thursday, she had a chance to win another one, this time as the coach of her alma mater. 

The Panthers, who had been to the state semifinals, each of the past three seasons, took the next step by reaching the final for the first time since 2018. Plant also was trying to win its first state title since 2010. 

The program achieved its goal the hard way, rallying from a 2-1 deficit to win the Class 7A title in five sets over Windermere. 

It was the 11th title in school history, which ranks fourth overall in state history. 

Most of the players were already used to winning titles at the club level. Lily Frierson, Reese Friar and Sophia Kotsovolos were all on the OTVA team that won an AAU national title this offseason.

But their high school seasons came up short of winning what had been an elusive title. 

This time, they ended years of frustration on volleyball’s biggest stage. 

Throughout the postseason, the Panthers were able to cruise. They dropped just one set in their first four playoff matches. On Thursday, they were tested against Windermere, a program that had never made it past the region semifinals before this season. 

After winning the first set in the title match, Plant dropped the next two. But there was no panic. The Panthers simply bore down, dominating the fourth set to give them much-needed momentum heading into the fifth and final set. 

In the end, their postseason experience paid off with a 23-25, 25-22, 22-25, 25-13, 15-9 victory.  Jennifer Rayburn had 52 assists and 11 digs. Lily Frierson finished with 23 digs and 17 kills. Maggie Dostic ended up with 21 kills and 14 digs. Reese Friar totaled 15 kills and five blocks. And Bella Lee recorded 16 digs.

Plant joined Calvary Christian as the two bay area champions. The Warriors won the 3A title, their first in school history. 

Elite company

Hillsborough County has been dominant in volleyball. The proof is in the number of state titles. Three schools — Tampa Prep, Berkeley Prep and Plant — were already ranked among the top four in the state in titles won. The Panthers added another one to their total on Thursday.

SchoolTitles wonYears won
Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons201975-79, 1984-89, 1992-96, 1998, 2006, 2010, 2015
Berkeley Prep161986, 1988-93, 1995 (3A), 1997-99, 2003, 2009-11, 2017
Tampa Prep 151980-85 , 1987 , 1991-92, 1994, 1996-98, 2001, 2004
Plant 111975-76, 2001-03, 2006-10, 2021
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Volleyball: Calvary Christian sweeps its way to first state title

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Calvary Christian played a schedule that was filled with challenging matches throughout the season. 

That was by design. 

The Warriors wanted to be tested as much as possible to prepare for a potential state title run. 

The payoff came in the postseason. Calvary Christian knocked off a defending state finalist (Bishop McLaughlin) in the region semifinals, a nationally ranked team (Tampa Prep) in the region final and the defending state champion (Ocala Trinity Catholic) in the state semifinals. 

That brutal stretch helped the Warriors reach the state championship match for the first time in school history. 

So when Calvary Christian faced nationally ranked Miami Westminster Christian in Thursday’s Class 3A final, the players were hardly fazed by the lofty status of the opposition. 

Westminster Christian was ranked second in the classification, fourth overall in the state and seventh nationally by MaxPreps. 

No matter. 

Once again, Calvary Christian beat another formidable opponent, this time via sweep for their first state title. 

It was a team effort. Taylor Parks had 40 assists and eight digs. Lauren Cairo finished with 16 digs and 13 kills. Noelle Walsh ended up with 15 kills and 10 digs. And Ava Bonin recorded 14 digs.

Their performance help Calvary Christian became the sixth school from Pinellas County to win a state title in volleyball and the first since 2018 when Shorecrest won in 4A. 

To get an idea of just impressive Calvary Christian’s postseason run was, consider that the Warriors beat three teams ranked among the top 35 in the country. Two came via sweeps.

It was quite a leap for a program that had never made it past the region final before. 

The were a few bumps. Calvary Christian was swept once by Plant and lost three times to Berkeley Prep during the regular season. After that last loss to the Buccaneers, Calvary Christian gained the confidence that it can not only compete with the best but also win. 

That was the turning point. Calvary Christian went to win its final 17 matches of the season, culminating with its first state title. 

Pinellas County state volleyball titles

Calvary Christian became the sixth school from Pinellas County to win a state title in volleyball. Here is the list.

SchoolYear(s) won title
Calvary Christian2021
Clearwater1997, 2000
Clearwater Central Catholic1981, 1985, 2014
East Lake2010, 2011
Shorecrest2018
Tarpon Springs 1991
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Volleyball: Class 7A final breakdown – Nov. 18

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Volleyball state finals

All matches at the Suncoast Credit Union Arena  in Fort Myers.  Admission is $9 in advance, $12 on the day of the event via GoFan. Parking is $10.

Class 7A

Plant (25-5) vs. Windermere (27-3), 6 p.m. today

How they got here: Plant d. Newsome 3-0, d. Steinbrenner 3-1, d. Venice 3-0, d. Doral Academy 3-0. Windermere d. Jacksonville Mandarin 3-0, d. DeLand 3-0, d. Lake Brantley 3-0, d. Jupiter 3-0. 

Stat leaders

CategoryPlant Windemere
KillsLily Frierson, 267Ana Bleeker, 224
BlocksMackenzie Nichols, 51Keondreya Granberry, 35
AcesMaggie Dostic, 58Ana Bleeker, 29
DigsSophia Kotsovolos, 498Reese Burry, 178
AssistsJennifer Rayburn, 680Isabel Mulita, 495

Outlook: Plant went through some changes this season. Vanja Todorovic, who led the program to the state semifinals each of the past three seasons, stepped down. Sarah Reiss (formerly Kirkwood), who starred at Plant before going on to play at Virginia, returned to her alma mater to take over the program. Reiss is used to winning state titles. She won three straight (2001-03) as a player with the Panthers and guided the Spence School (Manhattan, NY) to a state title in 2013. Her sister, Emily, who was part of two state championship teams at Plant, joined the Panthers’ staff as an assistant. The players also are used to winning titles, particularly at the club level. Lily Frierson, Reese Friar and Sophia Kotsovolos were all on the OTVA team that won an AAU national title this offseason. Now, Plant has taken the next step. The Panthers are in the championship match for the first time since 2018 and are trying to win their first title since 2010.  They were dominant in reaching this stage, dropping just one set in their four playoff matches. To win it all, Plant has to get past a tough opponent. Windermere is ranked third in the class and 14th overall in the state according to MaxPreps. The Wolverines, who had never made it past the region semifinals before this season, are playing for their first state title.

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