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Volleyball: Class 5A region quarterfinal breakdown

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The matchups

Region 2

Lecanto (15-12) at Wesley Chapel (17-4), 7

This is a rematch from a meeting last month that the host Wildcats won in three sets. The Panthers are in the playoffs for the third straight season and are trying to reach the region semifinals for the third year in a row. After making the playoffs for the first time since 2003 last season, the Wildcats have built upon that success by winning their first district title in 18 years to secure their second straight postseason berth.

Stat leaders

CategoryLecantoWesley Chapel
KillsMallori Grey, 232Chloe Danielson, 315
BlocksEmersen Willard, 48Chloe Danielson, 65
AcesMackenzi Grey, 86Jenna Ly, 39
DigsMallori Grey, 281Brooke Ashkenase, 314
AssistsMackenzi Grey, 426Jenna Ly, 522

Cypress Creek (17-5) at Robinson (9-17), 7

The Coyotes have already set the school record for wins in a season and are in the playoffs for the first time. They have some momentum, too, after winning five of their past six matches. Pay no attention to the Knights’ record. The defending state semifinalists lost setter Madison Williams early in the season to an injury. She returned last week and led Robinson to sweeps King, Brandon and Freedom to win the district title.

Stat leaders

CategoryCypress CreekRobinson
KillsSadie Walker, 146N/A
BlocksSadie Walker, 29N/A
AcesMackenzie Noble, 53N/A
Digs Anna Slean, 444N/A
AssistsMackenzie Noble, 227N/A

Freedom (11-4) at Ocala Vanguard (10-17), 7

The Patriots are in the playoffs for the first time since 2017. They are trying to do something they’ve never done before — win a postseason match. To do that, Freedom has to get past the Knights, whose tough schedule did not result in many wins until it mattered. Vanguard swept Citrus and Lecanto to win a district title and secure a playoff berth for the sixth straight season.

Stat leaders

CategoryFreedomOcala Vanguard
KillsDahlia Palacios, 145Emma Ehmann, 226
BlocksKeira Gonzalez, 19Ronya Hamed, 27
AcesMallory Yee, 50Emma Ehmann, 23
DigsAddison Barno, 78Aria Eisel, 240
AssistsMallory Yee, 206Sophie Reed, 313

Fivay (9-17) at Kissimmee Gateway (11-9), 7

The Falcons are in the playoffs for the 10th straight season. That streak is even more impressive considering the program has gone through four coaches in the past decade. After making the region final last season, Fivay beefed up its schedule. By having no easy nights — and accumulating some losses — the Falcons enter the postseason knowing how to handle difficult matchups. The Panthers are in the playoffs for the third straight and are trying to win a playoff match for the first time.

Stat leaders

CategoryFivayKissimmee Gateway
KillsChayla Wade, 261N/A
BlocksChayla Wade, 68N/A
AcesFaith Jetter, 36N/A
DigsJasmin Blossfield, 312N/A
AssistsFaith Jetter, 418N/A

Region 3

Naples (15-13) at St. Petersburg (18-9), 7

The Golden Eagles made the playoffs for the third straight season and are trying to win a postseason match for the first time since 2009. The Green Devils, meanwhile, are coming off their first state semifinal appearance in school history last year and are back in the playoffs for the fourth straight season. St. Petersburg has developed some cohesiveness down the stretch, winning 10 of its past 11 matches.

Stat leaders

CategoryNaplesSt. Petersburg
KillsMolly Richards, 235Jordan Bunce, 209
BlocksSara Posz, 62Jenna Davis, 69
AcesElizabeth Peltz, 29Jordan Bunce, 63
DigsGabrielle Rascher, 681Livvi Harting, 371
AssistsTamara Sanchez, 354Nydia Kushta, 454

Naples Golden Gate (11-8) at Osceola (17-9), 7

The Titans are in the playoffs for the first time since 2014 and are trying to win a postseason match for the first time in school history. The Warriors, ranked 11th in the classification by MaxPreps, have the No. 2 seed in the region. They have won four of their past five matches entering the postseason.

Stat leaders

CategoryNaples Golden GateOsceola
KillsPenelope Segura, 80Olivia Dal Sasso, 177
BlocksDessiah Christopher, 4Lauren Lewis, 42
AcesSheyla Lopez, 47Natalie Grantges, 48
DigsSheyla Lopez, 83Taylor Loope, 266
AssistsSheyla Lopez, 196Nicole Fowler, 313

Football

Football Player of the Week Poll — Region Semifinals (Nov. 15-19)

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Here are the nominees for the football player of the week. Voting lasts until 9 a.m. Friday. 

WR EJ Allen Jr., Jr., Zephyrhills Christian: Had five catches for 74 yards and two touchdowns in a win over Lakeland Victory Christian. 

LB Drew Canody, Sr., Berkeley Prep: Had an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in a win over Fort Myers Bishop Verot. 

DL Keyon Clark, Sr., Tampa Bay Tech: Recorded seven tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble in a win over Palmetto. 

QB Carson Mohler, Sr., Wharton: Threw for two touchdowns in a win over Lehigh. 

ATH Jershaun Newton, Fr., Clearwater Central Catholic: Scored two rushing touchdowns in a win over Tampa Catholic.

RB Efrem Only, Sr., Clearwater: Ran for 146 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries in a win over Nature Coast. 

WR Diezel Spann, Sr., Lakewood: Had two touchdown receptions in a win over Glades Central. 

ATH Junior Vandeross, Sr., Jesuit: Scored four touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving, one punt return) in a win over Braden River. 

RB Zuri Watson, So., Northside Christian: Ran for 151 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries in a win over Community School of Naples. 

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Time to vote: Region Final Football Games — Nov.

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Time to vote: Region final football games — Nov. 26

The playoffs continue this week. Here are the area matchups you can vote on in this week’s region finals. The selections must be submitted by 1 p.m. Friday. 

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Boys Soccer Player of the Week — Nov. 15-20

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Boys soccer player of the poll — Nov. 15-20

Here are the nominees for the boys soccer player of the week. Voting lasts until 9 a.m. Friday. 

F Jonathan Brink, Jr., Academy at the Lakes: Scored a combined seven goals in wins over North Tampa Christian and Hudson and a tie with Cambridge Christian. 

F/MF Bryan Cervantes, Jr., Osceola: Scored a goal in all three wins last week to keep the Warriors undefeated. 

MF/F Lukas Kaller, Sr., Alonso: Finished with a combined three goals and two assists in wins over Blake and Leto. 

GK Angelo Montoya, Sr., Mitchell: Made four saves in a win over Carrollwood Day and has yet to allow goal this season. 

F/GK Esteban Navarette, Jr., Plant City: Scored five goals in a win over Brandon

F/MF Otis Wildman, Sr., Plant: Had a combined four goals and two assists in wins over Palm Harbor University and Lakewood. 

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