Girls Volleyball: State Semifinals Wrap-Up

In this file photo, Trinity Catholic’s Amelia Fitzpatrick (0) spikes the ball past Providence School’s Josie Brooks (10) during the regional quarterfinal at Trinity Catholic High School on Oct. 26. [Bruce Ackerman/Ocala Gazette]
Two local volleyball teams qualified to compete in two separate state semifinal matches on Nov. 13.
Read on to see how each team faired, and who, if any of them, qualified to compete for a state title next week.

Trinity Catholic Celtics

Class 3A State Semifinal

Visiting No. 3 seed Trinity Catholic lost to its host No. 2 seed Calvary Christian on Saturday, Nov. 13, ending its campaign for a second-straight state title.

The Celtics lost the state semifinal match in Clearwater to the Warriors with a final score of 3-2.

After dropping the first set, 18-25, Trinity Catholic would win sets two and three, 25-20 and 25-21, respectively, before losing set four, 16-25, and the tiebreaker that decided the contest, 10-15.

Calvary Christian will meet up with No. 1 seed Westminster Christian in the Class 3A state championship match at Suncoast Credit Union Arena in Fort Myers at 3 p.m. on Nov. 18.

In this file photo, Vanguard’s Emma Ehmann (9) spikes the ball past Trinity Catholic’s Elayna Johnson (98) and Emily Hirst (9) during a volleyball match at Vanguard High School on Sept. 23. [Bruce Ackerman/Ocala Gazette]
Vanguard Knights

Class 5A State Semifinal

Visiting No. 4 seed Vanguard lost to its host No. 1 seed Mosley on Nov. 13, losing the state semifinal match in Lynn Haven to the Dolphins with a final score of 3-1.

The Knights struggled through the first two sets on Saturday, losing both—18-25 and 17-25, respectively—but found the will to win set three, 25-18, giving them some life late in the match.

Ultimately, Vanguard would fail to tie the match up at two sets a piece, instead losing the fourth and final set, 22-25, ending their season in heartbreaking fashion.

For the second year in a row, the Lady Knights end their season on the cusp of a state final berth.

Mosley will play No. 2 seed Merritt Island in the Class 5A state championship match at the Suncoast Credit Union Arena in Fort Myers, scheduled for 1 p.m. on Nov. 17.

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