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Volleyball: State semifinal rewind – Nov. 13

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Class 7A

2021 FHSAA Volleyball State Championships 7A FHSAA Girls Volleyball

Area recap

Plant 3, Miami Doral Academy 0

The Panthers, who were in the state semifinals for the fourth straight season, ended years of frustration by making it to the title match for the first time since 2018. They did it in dominant fashion, sweeping the Firebirds (25-15, 25-20, 25-23). Since losing a five-set thriller to rival Steinbrenner in the district final, Plant has been dominant, losing just one set in each of its four playoff wins. Now, the Panthers have a chance to win their first state title since 2010. 

Prime time performers

OH Maggie Dostic, Fr., Plant: Led the Panthers with 18 kills, 12 digs and four service aces in a win over Doral Academy. 

OH Lily Frierson, Sr., Plant: Recorded 15 digs and 10 kills in a win over Doral Academy. 

L Sophia Kotsovolos, Sr., Plant: Ended up with 23 digs in a win over Doral Academy. 

L/DS Bella Lee, So., Plant: Had 12 digs and three service aces in a win over Doral Academy. 

S Jennifer Rayburn, Jr., Plant: Finished with 34 assists and five digs in a win over Doral Academy. 

Class 4A

2021 FHSAA Volleyball State Championships 4A FHSAA Girls Volleyball

Area recap

Alachua Santa Fe 3, Academy of the Holy Names 0

The Jaguars, who were in the state semifinals for the third straight season.had a tough matchup. Santa Fe is ranked No. 1 in the class, No. 2 overall in the state and No. 4 nationally by MaxPreps. The Raiders won via sweep (25-21, 25-13, 26-24) to reach the title match for the first time since 2018.

Class 3A

2021 FHSAA Volleyball State Championships 3A FHSAA Girls Volleyball

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Calvary Christian 3, Ocala Trinity Catholic 2

The Warriors had already got through one of the toughest brackets in the state, defeating Clearwater Central Catholic, Bishop McLaughlin and Tampa Prep in the first three rounds to reach the state semifinals for the first time. Those tough matches paid off as Calvary Christian was able to overcome a 2-1 deficit against defending state champion Ocala Trinity Catholic to win the last three sets and the match (25-18, 20-25, 21-25, 25-16, 15-10) to make the state final. 

Prime time performers

L/DS Ava Bonin, So., Calvary Christian: Finished with a team-high 25 digs in a win over Ocala Trinity Catholic. 

OH/DS Lauren Cairo, Jr., Calvary Christian: Recorded 15 digs, 11 digs, three blocks and two service aces in a win over Ocala Trinity Catholic. 

OPP/Ds Kendall McCain, Sr., Calvary Christian: Had 14 digs, eight kills and six service aces in a win over Ocala Trinity Catholic. 

S Taylor Parks, So., Calvary Christian: Led the Warriors with 55 assists and 12 digs in a win over Ocala Trinity Catholic. 

OH Noelle Walsh, Sr., Calvary Christian: Finished with 19 kills and 15 digs in a win over Ocala Trinity Catholic. 

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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