Volleyball: Region semifinal preview (Classes 7A-5A) — Oct. 28, 2023

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

Class 7A

Region 3
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.

Stat leaders
CategoryEast LakePlant
KillsKristina Rhoden, 427Maggie Dostic, 309
BlocksNatalie Aniol, 40Kaylee Peper, 68
AcesNatalie Aniol, 54Lara Matta, 30
DigsSydney Freyer, 332Bella Lee, 365
AssistsKellyanne Wylie, 594Sophie 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.

Stat leaders
KillsAndrea Ruiz, 102N/A
BlocksAnna Adcock, 30N/A
AcesAndrea Ruiz, 14N/A
DigsShea Swain, 79N/A
AssistsMallory Baruch, 142N/A

Class 6A

Region 3
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.
Stat leaders
KillsAmelia Snider, 280Elaina Fischer, 173
BlocksZayda Thomas, 36Elaina Fischer, 81
AcesSofia Sierra, 50Alexia Goderich, 62
DigsVanessa Sierra, 307Emma Voehl, 143
AssistsSofia Sierra, 372Camila De jesus, 316

Class 5A

Region 2
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.

Stat leaders
CategoryPine RidgeWesley Chapel
KillsN/AAnnabelle Grace Korta, 214
BlocksN/AEmma Letourneau, 74
AcesN/AAnnabelle Grace Korta, 44
DigsN/ABrooke Ashkenase, 345
AssistsN/AAlana Carter, 414

Region 3
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).

Stat leaders
CategorySt. PetersburgNaples Barron Collier
KillsTate Keber, 203Aisha Keric, 363
BlocksMiley Moore, 66Sofia Locadia, 91
AcesTate Keber, 51Ava Zehnder, 63
DigsLogan Draper, 299Ashley Giraldo, 516
AssistsSydney Applefield, 387Ava Zehnder, 763