Posted: 6:14 pm Saturday, October 19th, 2013

Volleyball: Inside the district tournaments 

By Anthony Chiang

It’s that time of year again. The girls volleyball district tournaments are here. Here’s a breakdown of the schedule and the favorites for each tournament in the area.

Wellington finished undefeated in the regular season for the first time in program history. (Photo by Damon Higgins)

In addition, here are some story lines to consider:

* Wellington is nationally ranked and completed its first undefeated regular season in program history. But that doesn’t give the Wolverines an easier road in the postseason. Wellington will likely have to get by a very good Jupiter team to win the District 9-8A tournament.

* Lake Worth Christian, the two-time Class 2A state champions, is the No. 3 seed in its district tournament. Still, the Defenders are arguably the favorite to win it.

* District 13-7A is a toss up. Dwyer is the top seed, but Atlantic and Royal Palm Beach could win the district tournament. It wouldn’t be a surprise if the Panthers finished as the runner-up.

* Boca Raton, the defending Class 8A champs, will try to repeat this season. But it won’t be easy, as the Bobcats are the third-best Class 8A team in the county behind Jupiter and Wellington.

District 6-8A
Favorite: Vero Beach
Prediction: Vero Beach over Treasure Coast in the final.

All matches at Fort Pierce Central
(1) Vero Beach vs. (4) Port St. Lucie-Centennial, 5 p.m.
(2) Treasure Coast vs. (3) Fort Pierce Central, 7 p.m.
Championship match, 7 p.m.

District 9-8A
Favorite: Wellington
Prediction: Jupiter over Wellington in the final.
Comment: This is the toughest district in Palm Beach County. Wellington and Jupiter are the two best teams in the area. The Wolverines beat the Warriors in a five-set thriller earlier this season.

(5) Palm Beach Central at (4) Palm Beach Gardens, 7 p.m.
Matches at Wellington
(2) Jupiter vs. (3) Seminole Ridge, 5:30 p.m.
(1) Wellington vs. Palm Beach Central/Palm Beach Gardens winner, 7 p.m.
Championship match, 7 p.m.

District 10-8A
Favorite: Boca Raton
Prediction: Boca Raton over Park Vista in the final.
Comment: Boca, the defending Class 8A state champions, should win this district despite taking a small step back this season. The Bobcats played well to end the season, winning the tough “Swing for the Cure” tournament earlier this month.

(5) Santaluces at (4) John I. Leonard, 7 p.m.
Matches at Boca Raton
(2) Park Vista vs. (3) Spanish River, 5 p.m.
(1) Boca Raton vs. Santaluces/John I. Leonard winner, 7 p.m.
Championship match, 7 p.m.

District 12-7A
Favorite: Martin County
Prediction: Martin County over Viera in the final.

All matches at Viera
(1) Martin County vs. (4) Melbourne, 5 p.m.
(2) Viera vs. (3) Sebastian River, 7 p.m.
Championship match, 6 p.m.

District 13-7A

Favorite: Dwyer
Prediction: Dwyer over Royal Palm Beach in the final.

(8) Lake Worth at (1) Dwyer, 6 p.m.
(7) Palm Beach Lakes at (2) Atlantic, 6 p.m.
(6) Olympic Heights at (3) Royal Palm Beach, 6 p.m.
(5) Forest Hill at (4) West Boca Raton, 6 p.m.
Matches at Royal Palm Beach
Dwyer/Lake Worth winner vs. West Boca Raton/Forest Hill winner, 5 p.m.
Atlantic/Palm Beach Lakes winner vs. Royal Palm Beach/Olympic Heights winner, 7 p.m.
Championship match, 7 p.m.

District 13-6A
Favorite: Jensen Beach
Prediction: Jensen Beach over South Fork in the final.
Comment: Jensen Beach is the clear favorite in this district, as the Falcons are one of the best teams in the state.

(5) Fort Pierce Westwood at (4) Port St. Lucie, 6 p.m.
Matches at South Fork
(1) Jensen Beach vs. Fort Pierce Westwood/Port St. Lucie winner, 5 p.m.
(2) South Fork vs. (3) Okeechobee, 7 p.m.
Championship match, 6 p.m.

District 14-6A
Favorite: Pembroke Pines Charter
Prediction: Pembroke Pines Charter over Boynton Beach in the final.

All matches at Boynton Beach
(2) Boynton Beach vs. (3) Fort Lauderdale-Stranahan, 4:30 p.m.
Friday (Finals)
(1) Pembroke Pines Charter vs. Boynton Beach/Stranahan winner, 6:30 p.m.

District 15-5A
Favorite: Suncoast
Prediction: Suncoast over Melbourne-Palm Bay in the final.

(4) Dreyfoos at (1) Suncoast, 7 p.m.
(3) Palm Bay-Bayside at (2) Palm Bay, 7 p.m.
Match at Palm Bay
Championship match, 7 p.m.

District 12-4A
Favorite: Clewiston
Prediction: Clewiston over Fort Pierce-Lincoln Park in the final.

(4) Pahokee at (1) Clewiston, 6 p.m.
(3) Glades Central at (2) Lincoln Park, 6 p.m.
Match at Lincoln Park
Championship match, 7 p.m.

District 13-4A
Favorite: Pope John Paul II
Prediction: Pope John Paul II over King’s Academy in the final.

All matches at St. Andrew’s
(4) Cardinal Newman vs. (5) American Heritage, 6 p.m.
(2) King’s Academy vs. (3) St. Andrew’s, 4:30 p.m.
(1) Pope John Paul II vs. Cardinal Newman/American Heritage winner, 6 p.m.
Championship match, 7 p.m.

District 13-3A

Favorite: Benjamin
Prediction: Benjamin over Melbourne Central Catholic in the final.
Comment: Benjamin began the year 11-0, but suffered two losses toward the end of the season. The Buccaneers should still win this district tournament.

(6) Melbourne-Florida Air Academy at (3) Fort Pierce-John Carroll, 6 p.m.
(5) Jupiter Christian at (4) Vero Beach-St. Edward’s, 6 p.m.
Matches at John Carroll
(1) Benjamin vs. Jupiter Christian/St. Edward’s winner, 5 p.m.
(2) Melbourne Central Catholic vs. Florida Air Academy/John Carroll winner, 7 p.m.
Championship match, 6 p.m.

District 14-3A

Favorite: Trinity Christian
Prediction: Lake Worth Christian over Trinity Christian in the final.

(8) Village Academy at (1) Trinity Christian, 7 p.m.
(5) Oxbridge Academy at (4) Fort Lauderdale-Westminster Academy, 7 p.m.
(7) FAU at (2) Coral Springs Christian, 7 p.m.
(6) Pompano Beach-Highlands Christian at (3) Lake Worth Christian, 7 p.m.
Matches at Lake Worth Christian
Trinity Christian/Village Academy winner vs. Oxbridge Academy/Westminster Academy winner, 5:30 p.m.
FAU/Coral Springs Christian winner vs. Highlands Christian/Lake Worth Christian winner, 7 p.m.
Championship match, 7 p.m.

District 11-2A

Favorite: Merritt Island Christian
Prediction: Merritt Island Christian over Palm Bay-Covenant Christian in the final.

All matches at Port St. Lucie-Morningside
(4) Morningside vs. (5) Vero Beach-Master’s Academy, 5:30 p.m.
(2) Covenant Christian vs. (3) Palm Bay-Brevard HEAT, 5:30 p.m.
(1) Merritt Island Christian vs. Morningside/Master’s Academy winner, 7 p.m.
Championship match, 7 p.m.

District 12-2A
Favorite: Hobe Sound-Pine School
Prediction: Pine School over Glades Day in the final.

All matches at Pine School
(3) Berean Christian vs. (6) Atlantic Christian, 5 p.m.
(4) Wellington Christian vs. (5) Stuart-Community Christian, 6:30 p.m.
(2) Glades Day vs. Berean Christian/Atlantic Christian winner, 5 p.m.
(1) Pine School vs. Wellington Christian/Community Christian winner, 6:30 p.m.
Championship match, 7 p.m.

District 13-2A
Favorite: Boca Raton Christian
Prediction: Boca Raton Christian over Deerfield Beach-Zion Lutheran in the final.

All matches at Boca Raton Christian
(4) Donna Klein vs. (5) North Lauderdale-Somerset Prep, 5 p.m.
(2) Zion Lutheran vs. (3) Grandview Prep, 5 p.m.
(1) Boca Raton Christian vs. Donna Klein/Somerset Prep winner, 7 p.m.
Championship match, 7 p.m.