The volleyball district tournaments ended last week. Here is the list of area champions, all of which secured a spot in the playoffs with most hosting a region quarterfinal match Tuesday or Wednesday.
Class 7A, District 9
With nearly everyone back from last year’s team that reached the region final, the Panthers used that experience to cruise to a title, sweeping Sickles in the quarterfinals and Steinbrenner in the final.
Plant, the top-ranked in the state in any classification according to the Florida High School Athletic Association’s power rankings, heads into the playoffs on a seven-match win streak.
Class 7A, District 11
The Wolves needed an epic comeback to win their fourth straight title.
After losing the first two sets to top seed Riverview in the final, Newsome, the No. 2 seed, rallied to final three sets.
Natlie Kappaz and Ella Mischler each had 23 assists and Macy Geghards had a team-high 17 kills to lead the Wolves in the title match.
Class 6A, District 9
For the second time this season, the Seahawks swept the rival Gators, the latest coming in the final to secure a title.
Sunlake has now won six straight matches heading into the playoffs.
Class 6A, District 10
The Bulls got payback for a five-set loss to the Wildcats earlier this month by sweeping the defending champions in the final.
Bloomingdale has now won four straight matches since that loss to Wharton.
Class 5A, District 5
The defending state semifinalist Wildcats were dominant during their title run, sweeping Citrus in the semifinals and River Ridge in the final.
Playing a tough regular season schedule that included matches against Merritt Island and Naples Barron Collier, among others, paid off. After all, Wesley Chapel has won six of its past seven matches.
Class 5A, District 9
The Patriots, the top seed, entered the tournament with a losing record.
But they bounced back in a big way, sweeping Blake in the semifinals and Spoto in the final. Freedom allowed its two opponents to score no more than 18 points in any set during the tournament.
Class 5A, District 10
Since losing consecutive matches to Tampa Catholic and Clearwater Central Catholic two weeks ago, the Green Devils have put it all together.
St. Petersburg, the top seed, had no trouble winning a title with sweeps over Northeast in the semifinals and Seminole in the final.
Brooke Jordan was named the MaxPreps player of the match in the championship win over the Warhawks.
Class 4A, District 9
Midway through the season, it did not seem a fourth straight district would be possible for the Hornets.
Weeki Wachee started 1-12. But those struggles were in part to a young team adjusting to a difficult schedule Since then, the Hornets have won eight of their last 12 matches, including victories over Nature Coast in the semifinals and Hudson in the final to keep their district title streak intact.
Isabel Shelby (54 assists), Delanie Evans (28 digs), Marlee Schumacher (21 kills) and Dylan Elferdink (24 kills) led Weeki Wachee in the final.
Class 4A, District 10
Academy of the Holy Names
After enduring a three-match losing streak two weeks ago, the defending state finalist Jaguars turned things around at the right time.
They have won four straight matches, all via sweeps, including victories over Jefferson in the semifinals and Robinson in the final in last week’s tournament.
Caroline Arnold had 27 assists, Rafaela Rodriguez finished with 13 digs and Sophia Puleo ended up with 12 kills for Academy of the Holy Names in the final.
Class 3A, District 9
The Patriots, winners of nine straight matches, are ranked in the top five in the state, regardless of classification.
They lived up to that ranking in the tournament, sweeping Bishop McLaughlin in the final and Tampa Prep in the final.
Carrollwood Day has just two losses this season – only one coming against an area opponent.
Class 3A, District 10
Earlier this month, the Buccaneers snapped a three-match losing streak with a win over Calvary Christian.
Berkeley Prep continued that momentum throughout the tournament, beating defending state champion Clearwater Central Catholic in the semifinals and getting another win over the Warriors in the final.
Class 2A, District 9
After starting 6-4, the Lions have reeled off 16 straight wins.
Two of those victories came against Seven Rivers Christian and Cambridge Christian in last week’s tournament.
Class 2A, District 11
The Crusaders overcame their 0-3 start to the season by winning 23 of their last 25 matches.
In last week’s tournament, Keswick Christian cruised to the title with sweeps over Canterbury in the semifinals and Indian Rocks Christian in the final.
Hannah Jantomaso had 20 assists and Camille Holloway ended up with 13 kills to lead the Crusaders in the championship match.