Here is the breakdown of the area teams playing in tonight’s region semifinals. The winners advance to Wednesday’s region finals.
Tonight’s Area Region Semifinal Matches
No. 5 East Lake (23-5) at No. 1 Plant (21-3), 2
The Eagles survived a five-set thriller to beat Winter Haven in the quarterfinals. It does not get any easier for East Lake, which has to travel to face the Panthers, the top-ranked team in the class and overall in the state by MaxPreps.
|Kills||Kristina Rhoden, 427||Maggie Dostic, 309|
|Blocks||Natalie Aniol, 40||Kaylee Peper, 68|
|Aces||Natalie Aniol, 54||Lara Matta, 30|
|Digs||Sydney Freyer, 332||Bella Lee, 365|
|Assists||Kellyanne Wylie, 594||Sophie Dostic, 495|
No. 3 Steinbrenner (15-9) at No. 2 Venice (21-6), 7
The Warriors’ tough schedule helped them get past Riverview in four sets in the quarterfinals. Now, they will see if that preparation is enough to knock off the defending state champion Indians on the road.
|Kills||Andrea Ruiz, 102||N/A|
|Blocks||Anna Adcock, 30||N/A|
|Aces||Andrea Ruiz, 14||N/A|
|Digs||Shea Swain, 79||N/A|
|Assists||Mallory Baruch, 142||N/A|
No. 3 Sunlake (17-8) at No. 2 Bloomingdale (17-6), 7
The Seahawks, the 6A-9 district champions, have won seven straight matches. That streak will be tested against the 6A-10 champion Bulls, winners of five straight matches.
|Kills||Amelia Snider, 280||Elaina Fischer, 173|
|Blocks||Zayda Thomas, 36||Elaina Fischer, 81|
|Aces||Sofia Sierra, 50||Alexia Goderich, 62|
|Digs||Vanessa Sierra, 307||Emma Voehl, 143|
|Assists||Sofia Sierra, 372||Camila De jesus, 316|
No. 3 Pine Ridge (21-5) at No. 2 Wesley Chapel (20-5), 5
The host Wildcats, who trying to reach the state semifinals again, can take another with win in the semifinals. They have won three straight matches, dropping only one set during that stretch. The Panthers enter on a four-match win streak.
|Category||Pine Ridge||Wesley Chapel|
|Kills||N/A||Annabelle Grace Korta, 214|
|Blocks||N/A||Emma Letourneau, 74|
|Aces||N/A||Annabelle Grace Korta, 44|
|Digs||N/A||Brooke Ashkenase, 345|
|Assists||N/A||Alana Carter, 414|
No. 4 St. Petersburg (20-8) at No. 1 Naples Barron Collier (23-6), 7
The Green Devils are playing their best volleyball at the right time. They have swept their way to five straight wins. But the competition gets tougher tonight against the top-seed Cougars, who are undefeated at home (11-0).
|Category||St. Petersburg||Naples Barron Collier|
|Kills||Tate Keber, 203||Aisha Keric, 363|
|Blocks||Miley Moore, 66||Sofia Locadia, 91|
|Aces||Tate Keber, 51||Ava Zehnder, 63|
|Digs||Logan Draper, 299||Ashley Giraldo, 516|
|Assists||Sydney Applefield, 387||Ava Zehnder, 763|