Volleyball: Class 4A state semifinal preview — Nov. 10, 2023

Volleyball State semifinals

All matches at Polk State College’s Winter Haven Health Center.  Admission is $17 via GoFan (a $3 parking fee is included in the price of admission).

Class 4A 

Academy of the Holy Names (18-11) vs. Miami Gulliver Prep (27-3), 1 today

How they got here: Academy of the Holy Names d. Hudson 3-0, d. Robinson 3-0, d. Estero 3-0. Gulliver Prep d. LaSalle 3-0, d. Calvary Christian Academy 3-0, d. Pine Crest 3-1.

Stat leaders
CategoryAcademy of the Holy NamesGulliver Prep
KillsSophia Puleo, 290Jackie Taylor, 365
BlocksHeidi Crouse, 55Jackie Taylor, 94
AcesAvery Wehling, 35Hailey Brenner, 62
DigsRafaela Rodriguez, 294Sophia Wong, 308
AssistsCaroline Arnold, 667Maya Pace, 692


Despite losing key starters, whether via transfer or through graduation, the Jaguars have made it back to a familiar spot. They are playing in the state semifinals for the fifth straight season and are trying to reach the championship match in consecutive seasons.

Playing a tough schedule prepared Academy of the Holy Names for this stretch run. At one point, the Jaguars were .500 (11-11) on the season before winning seven straight matches heading into today’s semifinal. They have been dominant, sweeping every match in this late season surge.

But Academy of the Holy Names also has not been tested in more than a month.

The Raiders have gone through a remarkable transformation. Four years ago, they were 1-14. Now, Gulliver Prep, ranked first in the class and seventh overall in the state, is playing in the state semifinals for the second straight season.