Newberry and Santa Fe roll; Bell, Union County and Trenton also advance to region finals

The high school volleyball playoffs are off and running, and five teams locally have already advanced. Here is a summary of those five games from Monday and Tuesday, and their upcoming matches:

Newberry sweeps Fort Meade  

Newberry swept Fort Meade 25-12, 25-8, 25-4 to advance. Paige Dinges led Newberry with eight kills. The Panthers, who lost to Sneads in the 1A state championship last year, will host Trenton in the region final this Saturday. The Tigers swept Crescent City to advance. Trenton has played Newberry twice, including last week’s district championship, and was swept both times.  

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Union County beats Lafayette in 4 sets

The other Tigers, from Union County, defeated Lafayette in Mayo in four sets to advance.  They will travel to Bell on Saturday.  The Bulldogs advanced with a sweep of Hilliard. Taria Liles and Maddy Sapp each had 18 kills for the ‘Dogs, who improved to 19-5. This will be the fifth meeting of the season between the Tigers and the Bulldogs, with Bell winning the previous four meetings by a combined 11 games to two.

Santa Fe advances past South Walton in four sets

The Santa Fe volleyball team advanced in Class 4A with a 3-1 win against visiting South Walton (Santa Rosa Beach). Rylie Tam led the way with 22 kills, followed by Jalyn Stout with 17 kills. Stout also added 25 assists, 18 digs and three aces for the Raiders, who improved to 21-8. 

Roymiya Thomas finished with 20 digs and 10 aces. Santa Fe will travel to Bishop Kenny (Jacksonville) on Saturday for the Region Final with the winner advancing to the 4A state semifinals.

Bell sweeps Hilliard

Bell, which played in the 2018 state championship game, swept visiting Hilliard to advance.  The Lady Bulldogs defeated the visiting Flashes 25-22, 25-11, 25-11 to move on to Saturday’s Region Final. Taria Liles and Maddy Sapp led the way with 18 kills apiece.  Melonie Piechocki had 18 digs, Emma Hutto finished with 25 assists & Sydney Waddle added 13 assists for Bell, which improved to 19-5. 

The Lady Bulldogs will host Union County this Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Region Final, with a spot in the state semifinals on the line.

Trenton sweeps Crescent City 

Trenton swept Crescent City in the other area Regional Semifinal.  Sophomore Chloe Wilkerson and senior Samarie McHenry led the Tigers with 12 kills apiece.  Junior Bri Becker added 32 assists, while senior Mikaya Smith contributed 10 digs.  Trenton improved to 15-5 and will travel to Newberry, last year’s 1A state runner-up, in Saturday’s Region Final.  

For a complete list of district tournament results from this week’s action in north Florida, visit  Back with more right after this.

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