Posted: 12:51 pm Thursday, November 7th, 2013
By Anthony Chiang
As football teams from around the area prepare for the start of the playoffs, three girls volleyball teams are preparing for a possible trip to the state finals.
Jupiter, Atlantic and Benjamin are all one match away from a trip to Kissimmee to play in the state semifinals.
The Warriors (25-2) defeated Boca Raton, the defending Class 8A state champions, in the regional semifinals. With the victory, Jupiter advances to host Weston-Cypress Bay in the regional finals Saturday at 2 p.m. It marks the Warriors’ first trip to the regional finals since 2007.
Jupiter is led by junior libero Dani Jaffe, and a fantastic front line composed of outside hitters Cara Guthrie and Molly Webb, and middle blocker Breeanna Navarro.
“A trip to Kissimmee would mean everything to these girls,” Warriors coach Blane Betz said. “They’ve worked so hard their whole life for this opportunity. They deserve this opportunity to prove themselves to everybody.”
In Class 3A, Benjamin (23-2) lost the first two sets, but rallied to beat two-time defending state champion Lake Worth Christian in the regional semifinals. The Buccaneers will now host Miami-Westminster Christian on Saturday at 2 p.m. 6-foot-2 outside hitter Jessica Armstrong and 6-foot-1 outside hitter Savannah Logan have been the catalysts behind Benjamin’s success this season.
In Class 7A, Atlantic has made it all the way to the regional finals after knocking out Dwyer in the regional semifinals. The Eagles will take on Fort Lauderdale-St. Thomas Aquinas at home on Saturday at 7 p.m. for a chance to move on to the state finals.
About the Author
Anthony Chiang began his writing career in Gainesville at the University of Florida’s student-run newspaper. At The Independent Florida Alligator, he covered the school’s golf, volleyball, baseball, and football teams. The Miami native has also written for the Sun Sentinel and MLB.com, following the Tampa Bay Rays.