5A-8: Anclote, Fivay will meet in rematch
HOLIDAY — Host Anclote and Fivay will meet in a rematch of a district final from last season, as both teams were able to sweep their respective opponents in the Class 5A-District 7 semifinals.
Anclote swept Tarpon Springs, which swept higher seeded Sunlake the previous night, 25-18, 25-20, 25-11. For the Sharks, this will be the team’s second postseason berth in four seasons.
“This is big for us,” Anclote coach Chris Vergnaud said. “We’ve been building this program for the past four years and this means a lot to us. It takes us back to the preseason when we said the district finals is where we want to be.”
The Sharks (21-6) were able to make a return to the final with mostly ease against a feisty Spongers team. Back-to-back kills to close the second set by Anclote’s Aaliyah Anderson gave the Sharks all the momentum they needed to close out the third and final match.
Fivay (21-6), returning to the postseason, swept Dunedin (7-12), 25-22, 25-21, 25-15. After two close sets, Fivay stayed in control after taking a 12-11 lead. Briannah and Ashleigh Nemetz led the team in kills with 23 and 11, respectively.
Falcons outside hitter Amber Lake chipped in with 10 kills, and Jordyn Mattos had three kills and 48 assists.
“There was some tight games in the beginning,” Fivay coach Nikki Pollock said. “We stayed and we fought during the tight situations. It means a lot to us to reach the postseason once again. The girls worked really hard during the offseason to get to another district final.”
4A-6: Ridgewood, Hudson fall in semis
HUDSON — Marisa Maksymkow and her Hudson teammates had seen this before.
Earlier in the season, the Cobras dropped their first two sets to The Villages before pulling out a victory with three straight sets. On Wednesday night, after dropping the first two sets, Hudson came out on fire in the third set, thanks in large part to Maksymkow, who had five kills, to propel the Cobras to a 20-11 lead.
“There was no doubt in my mind we were going to win the three sets in a row just like last time.” Maksymkow said.
It was not to be, however, as the Buffalo rallied and won the third set 26-24 to send The Villages into the Class 4A-District 6 final Friday night.
The Villages will be taking on top-seeded Trinity Catholic, which defeated Ridgewood, 25-7, 25-15, 25-13.
Despite a strong effort from Aubree Sigismondi (10 kills), Ridgewood was overwhelmed by the precision passing of Trinity Catholic, specifically setter Sam Blasko. Blasko repeatedly set up front-line teammates Laura Moore, Molly Jank and Jordan Saulsberry for 23 combined kills.