Noles swept in Class 5A-3 quarterfinal
For the second consecutive season, Tampa Robinson defeated Southeast in the Class 5A-Region 3 quarterfinals.
The Knights won in three sets -- 25-17, 25-8, 25-9 -- over the Seminoles on Wednesday.
McKenna Tyson scored the winning point in the first two sets and ended the night with six kills, 10 digs and three aces for Robinson.
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Sophomore libero Emily Draper finished with a game-high 15 digs, while junior Catia Sleet recorded nine kills for Robinson (11-14).
Emma Bartges finished with a team-high 11 kills along with seven digs. Rachamily Robles had 13 digs and an ace for the Seminoles (13-14). and Molly Persson had 11 assists and four digs.
After the loss, Southeast head coach Nancy Cothron announced to her team that she'll be taking the next year off due to personal reasons.
"It's been a pleasure working with these girls," the fourth-year coach said. "For their program they can build off their sophomores who have played a lot and been very dedicated. Hopefully they can keep the spirit up."
CLEARWATER CENTRAL CATHOLIC 3, OUT-OF-DOOR ACADEMY 0 -- Especially for a veteran team with a pedigree of success, its most daunting opponent can sometimes be itself.
It happened to Clearwater Central Catholic in the second game of Wednesday night's Class 3A region quarterfinals. After a Game 1 blowout, Out-of-Door Academy jumped on several Marauder miscues with huge net play from seniors Natalie Buffett and Reanna Gregory to hold a lead as late as 16-14. Last year's state semifinalists looked out of sorts but a kill and block from senior Katie Moore turned the tide, got CCC the win and enough humility to cruise to a 25-13, 25-21, 25-11 victory.
Cameron Graham and Buffett had 13 digs apiece. Buffett had seven kills, and Gregory had five for the Thunder (10-10).
CLASS 4A-DISTRICT 8 -- The Manatee boys and girls teams missed advancing to the region by one place in the standings, but each squad will send one runner to the next round of the postseason.
Christopher McAleer finished fifth for the boys team in 17 minutes, 18.01 seconds, and Sydney Britt was 13th for the girls team in 20:41.46 at Taylor Park in Largo. The top four teams and runners who finished in the top 15 moved on to the Region 2 meet on Nov. 8 at North Port.
Alison Ecker missed out on a region berth by less than four seconds, coming in 16th in 21:21.32.
The Hurricanes came in fifth in the girls standings, coming up four points short of a region berth.
Manatee scored 124 points, four more than Palm Harbor University. North Port won the meet with 42 points.
The Manatee boys placed fifth as well, scoring 133 points to fourth-place Clearwater Countryside's 86. Riverview took first place with 43 points.
MANATEE 7, BRADEN RIVER 1 -- Meredith Roberts knocked in four goals as the visiting Hurricanes won their season opener in a rout.
Sydney Cornell contributed two goals, and Katei Gabbard had another. Tyler Einsmann, Jessica Schafer and Brianna Blethen each dished out two assists. Maia Krebser also had an assists.
The Pirates fell to 0-2.
PALMETTO 4, SAINT STEPHEN'S 0 -- Freshman Alex Mercer scored twice and had an assist as the visiting Tigers began their season with a victory over the Falcons.
Jade Adams had two assists and a goal, and Tanya Campos pitched in with a goal for Palmetto. Sarah Duncan also had an assist, and goalkeeper Taylor Racky recorded her first career shutout.
-- Herald staff reports
-- The Tampa Tribune and Tampa Bay Times contributed to this report