Gainesville sweeps Oak Hall; Bell improves to 8-1

On Tuesday night the Gainesville volleyball team celebrated Senior Night with a 3-1 victory against Oak Hall at the Purple Palace. GHS improved to 3-1 on the season, while Oak Hall suffered its first defeat and dropped to 3-1.

The Hurricanes’ only loss was to Santa Fe, which is currently unbeaten.

In other volleyball action, The Rock swept P.K. Yonge on the road, Bell improved to 8-1 with a sweep of Branford on the road, Ocala Forest swept Belleview, Ocala Vanguard celebrated Senior Night with a sweep of Lake Weir, Newberry swept Chiefland, and Santa Fe moved to 6-0 with a sweep of Buchholz.

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The Bell volleyball team continues to be on a roll. After winning the Bell Volleyball Invitational over the weekend, the Bulldogs swept both Chiefland on the road on Monday night and Branford, also on the road on Tuesday.  

In the win against the Indians on Monday night, Taria Liles finished with 21 kills, 10 digs, and five aces. Maddy Sapp had 11 kills and four aces.  Emma Hutto contributed 23 assists, and three aces, and Melonie Piechocki had 17 digs and four aces.  Last night, Liles had 26 kills, Maddy Sapp had 18 kills, three blocks, and three aces, Emma Hutto finished with 32 assists, and Melonie Piechocki had 28 digs.

Bell, which improved to 8-1, will host Class 1A state runner-up Newberry on Thursday night.

Monday night, Newberry swept Chiefland.  The Indians hope to get their first win of the season on Thursday night when they travel to Bronson.

Trenton, which was swept by Newberry on Monday night, the first loss of the season for the Tigers.

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