The host Manatee Hurricanes defeated the Sarasota Sailors in three straight games during Senior Night on Tuesday, earning a bye in the first round of district volleyball competition.
Leading the Canes were Ashley Ogedegbe (eight service points), Rebecca Butler (eight kills), Kayla Armer (24 assists, nine service points) and Danielle Deterding (seven kills).
SAINT STEPHEN’S 3, BAYSHORE 0 -- The Falcons improved to 17-5 overall with a victory over the host Bruins by scores of 25-14, 25-12 and 25-12.
Leading the way for Saint Stephen’s (4-1 district) were Melissa Johnson with 10 kills and 10 digs, Tori Biach with eight kills and 11 digs and Natalie Marciniak with 25 assists and six digs. The Falcons will host St. Petersburg Canterbury on Thursday.
BRADENTON CHRISTIAN 3, LAKELAND CHRISTIAN 0 -- The host Panthers gained momentum heading into a title match this week and earned an easy victory over the Vikings, winning by scores of 25-11, 25-15 and 25-12.
Abi Van Ostenbridge had six kills and 10 assists, Abbie James had nine kills, Madison Putnam had five aces and 12 assists, and Lexi Walther had 100 percent serving to lead Bradenton Christian.
The Panthers (17-4 overall) will compete in the Bay Conference championship match at 7 p.m. Thursday at home against Indian Rocks Christian.
LAKEWOOD RANCH 3, BRADEN RIVER 1 -- The Mustangs finished the regular season with an 18-7 record and an undefeated conference record (5-0) with a victory at home over the Pirates by scores of 20-15, 25-22, 25-20 and 25-16.
Leading the win on Senior Night were junior Mariah Robertson with 18 kills, one ace, two blocks and six digs; sophomore Ashlyn Falehee had 14 kills and six aces; senior Shelby Walker with five kills and nine blocks; and senior Quillan Toler with five kills.
The Mustangs lead the District 6A-12 standings and host the first round of district competition next week.
-- Herald staff reports