Posted: 3:51 pm Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
By Jeff Greer
It’s playoff time in volleyball, and several local teams have big hopes for this postseason. Let’s run down the schedule and handicap some of the brackets.
First of all, take a peek at the schedule. All matches start at 7 p.m., and admission is $7. The state semifinals and finals are at Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee on Nov. 13-17.
St. Andrew’s at Fort Myers-Bishop Verot
LaBelle at Cardinal Newman
Boca Raton Christian at Pine School
Morningside Acad. at Lake Worth Christian
Park Vista at Jupiter
Wellington at Boca Raton
Venice at Okeechobee
Bradenton-Manatee at Martin County
Atlantic at Royal Palm Beach
Santaluces at West Boca Raton
North Miami-Mourning at Jensen Beach
Suncoast at Pompano Beach
Jupiter Christian at Fort Myers-Evangelical Christian
Naples-Seacrest Country Day at Benjamin
Winter Park-Trinity at John Carroll
Weston-Sagemont at Pope John Paul II
American Heritage at Fort Lauderdale-Calvary Christian
There are a few teams with great chances at making — and winning — states. Start in 8A, where Boca Raton has been dominant from start to finish. The Bobcats have lost seven sets all season and only one match. Jensen Beach has a good shot at returning to states again in 5A, and Lake Worth Christian seems primed for a repeat title in 2A.
Don’t sleep on Jupiter and Wellington. Jupiter took a set from Boca in both meetings between the teams, but there are concerns about where the points will come from for the Warriors. They are a frustratingly fantastic defensive team, and they could be the perfect foil to Boca. Wellington’s a much more attack-based squad, with the desire to speed things up. That opening-round matchup in Boca will be fun to watch.
In 7A, Martin County’s come on strong and has the experience and talent to make another run. The Tigers look a lot better over the past few weeks, and that’s what really counts in the postseason.
John Carroll played a tough schedule to prepare for the postseason, and the Rams have reason to think they can compete in the 3A playoffs. Pope John Paul II and American Heritage have been competitive all year.