Volleyball State final
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).
Winter Park (29-2) vs. Plant (24-3), 6 today
How they got here: Winter Park d. Creekside 3-0, d. Lake Brantley 3-0, d. Timber Creek 3-2, d. Jupiter 3-2. Plant d. Palm Harbor University 3-0, d. East Lake 3-0, d. Venice 3-1, d. Doral Academy 3-0.
|Kills||Fallon Stewart, 523||Maggie Dostic, 349|
|Blocks||Isabel Incinelli, 57||Kaylee Peper, 81|
|Aces||Fallon Stewart, 66||Lara Matta, 34|
|Digs||Emma Ortiz, 307||Bella Lee, 418|
|Assists||Tyler Peluso, 968||Sophie Dostic, 592|
Two years ago, the Panthers won their 11th state title in school history.
Tonight, they could add another.
Plant, ranked first in the class and overall in the state by MaxPreps, is playing in the final for the first time since taking home the title in 2021. If the Panthers win their 12th title, they will only be three behind Tampa Prep for the second-most in Tampa Bay area history.
In Friday’s state semifinal match, Plant swept Doral Academy. Several players set major milestones. Bella Lee, a Florida commit, recorded the 1,900th dig of her high school career. And Maggie Dostic, a Tennessee recruit, now has 1,000 career kills and digs.
The program’s run to another potential title is even more impressive when you consider the Panthers have done it while going through four coaches in the past decade. McKensie Harold took over Plant this year after Sarah Reiss left to become the coach at Berkeley Prep.
Harold inherited a team that returned nearly everyone from last season, making the transition go more smoothly. The experience among the starters paid off. Plant has won 11 straight matches entering the tonight’s final match.
Winter Park, ranked second in the class and the state by MaxPreps, has won 22 straight matches playing primarily against teams in the Orlando area. The Wildcats last two matches have both gone to five sets, including Friday’s semifinal against Jupiter.