Volleyball: Class 7A region quarterfinal preview — Oct. 25, 2023

Here is the breakdown of the area teams playing in tonight’s region quarterfinals. The winners advance to Saturday’s region semifinals.

Tonight’s Area Region Quarterfinal Matches

Region 3
No. 8 Palm Harbor University (19-4) at No. 1 Plant (20-3), 7

The host Panthers, winners of seven straight matches, are the top-ranked team in the state, regardless of classification, according to the Florida High School Athletic Association’s final power rankings. After winning 14 straight matches, the Hurricanes dropped their last two and are trying to get back on track.

Stat leaders
KillsAaliyah Cancellari, 137Maggie Dostic, 291
BlocksAaliyah Cancellari, 47Kaylee Peper, 63
AcesSkylar Shepherd, 78Lara Matta, 29
DigsSofia Castaneda, 328Bella Lee, 343
AssistsSkylar Shepherd, 388Sophie Dostic, 456

No. 5 East Lake (22-5) at No. 4 Winter Haven (18-8), 7

The Eagles, the Pinellas County Athletic Conference champions, won 16 straight matches before two of their last three. To rebound, East Lake has to go on the road to take on the Blue Devils, who are on an eight-match win streak.

Stat leaders
CategoryEast LakeWinter Haven
KillsKristina Rhoden, 401Rylee Tanner, 267
BlocksNatalie Aniol, 37Emily Drier, 61
AcesNatalie Aniol, 53Coryn Gilliam, 38
DigsSydney Freyer, 303Arianna Santos, 206
AssistsKellyanne Wylie, 547Coryn Gilliam, 361

No. 7 Newsome (17-8) at No. 2 Venice (20-6), 7

After losing the first two sets, the Wolves came storming back to beat Riverview for the title in last week’s 7A-11 district tournament. That extended Newsome’s win streak to five matches. Now comes the hard part, a road trip to face the defending state champion Indians.

Stat leaders
KillsMacy Gebhards, 222N/A
BlocksClaire Titus, 40N/A
AcesMacy Gebhards, 51N/A
DigsMadison Stahle, 218N/A
AssistsElla Mishler, 461N/A

No. 6 Riverview (12-3) at No. 3 Steinbrenner (14-9), 7

This is a rematch from a meeting the Warriors swept in August. Steinbrenner has gone 10-4 down the stretch, including a five-set victory over East Lake in last week’s 7A-9 district semifinals. Two of the Sharks’ three losses this season went to five sets.

Stat leaders
KillsPamela De Jesus, 143N/A
BlocksEmily Daugherty, 41N/A
AcesAva Mohler, 46N/A
DigsAvery Mohler, 236N/A
AssistsAva Mohler, 226N/A