Cardinal Mooney

Prep volleyball | Regional quarterfinal playoff preview capsules for Manatee-Sarasota area teams

Manatee's Jacqui Armer and Hailey Coulter jump to block Lakewood Ranch's Kahlee York Thursday night at Manatee. 
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Manatee's Jacqui Armer and Hailey Coulter jump to block Lakewood Ranch's Kahlee York Thursday night at Manatee. TIFFANY TOMPKINS-CONDIE/Bradenton Herald ttompkins@bradenton.com
Class 5A-Region 3

Who: Bayshore at Naples Lely

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday

Outlook: The Bruins fell to Dunedin in the Class 5A-District 11 championship Monday and now go on the road for a region quarterfinal match against Lely in Naples. ... The Trojans tore through Class 5A-District 12 this year, posting a perfect 8-0 record. ... If BHS upsets Lely it would advance to Saturday's region semifinal against either Immokalee or Dunedin in a district title rematch. ... Bayshore would have to go on the road through the entire region tournament, which has its championship match Nov. 3. Tampa Robinson is the favorite to come out of the region.

Pick: Lely in four sets

Class 8A-Region 2

Who: Orlando Cypress Creek at Manatee

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday

Outlook: The Hurricanes open the single-elimination tournament Wednesday with a home match against Orlando Cypress Creek. ... A win for the Canes in the region quarterfinal could set up a Class 8A-District 6 championship rematch against Sarasota Riverview, a team the Hurricanes swept Thursday. Riverview opens the tournament in Orlando against Olympia. A win for the Titans would force the Canes to go on the road for the region semifinals Saturday. Manatee would, however, be guaranteed home court for the region championship match Nov. 3. ... The Hurricanes returned to full strength during the district tournament when setter Gabby Coulter returned from a concussion after a nearly month-long absence. ... The defending Class 8A state champions are among the favorites to repeat. The Canes are No. 3 in the class, according to MaxPreps' computer rankings. Winter Springs and Boca Raton are Nos. 1 and 2, respectively.

Pick: Manatee in three sets

Class 4A-Region 3

Who: Cardinal Mooney at Bishop Verot

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday Outlook: The Cougars, who finisihed worse than .500 overall this season, open the single-elimination region tournament with a quarterfinal match against Bishop Verot in Fort Myers. The Vikings are one of the top 10 teams in Class 4A in MaxPreps' computer rankings. ... An upset likely would pit Mooney in a Class 4A-District 9 championship rematch Saturday against Tampa Berkeley Prep, which is among the state championship favorites as the No. 5 team in the class. ... Cardinal Mooney's only hope at a home playoff match is a pair of upsets and a run of upsets in the bottom half of the bracket -- if the Cougars faced another district runner-up in the region championship Nov. 3 they would play in Sarasota.

Pick: Bishop Verot in three sets

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