Volleyball regional tournaments set to begin

The Santa Fe (Alachua) volleyball team will be at home against Pensacola in a Class 4A-Region 1 Quarterfinal tonight at 7 p.m.

The Raiders (24-3), who are ranked No. 1 in the state in Class 4A and up to No. 6 in the country by MaxPreps, won the Class 4A-District 4 title last week with a sweep of North Marion (Citra).

Santa Fe, which is the No. 1 seed in Region 1, is led by junior Jalyn Stout with 316 kills followed by senior Rylie Tam with 311 kills.

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Junior Miya Thomas has a team-leading 39 aces, followed by senior Faith Marquis with 35. Thomas leads the team with 367 digs, followed by junior Anisa Dorlouis with 243.

Dorlouis leads the team with 329 assists, followed by Stout with 321.

Santa Fe’s three losses this year have been to nationally ranked Ponte Vedra (2-1) on a neutral floor, nationally ranked Tampa Berkeley Prep (2-0) at a tournament, and at Ponte Vedra (3-2).

Pensacola, the No. 8 seed in the region, was swept by South Walton (Santa Rosa) in the 4A-District 1 title game.

Senior Dima Alsheikh leads the Tigers (13-11) with 281 kills.

Oak Hall, which won the 2A-District 4 title, is the No. 1 seed in Region 1. The Eagles were scheduled to play No. 8 seed Countryside Christian (Gainesville) tonight.

However, the Minutemen forfeited after two players tested positive for COVID-19.

“Terrible way to end such a good season,” said second-year coach Michelle Seibold, who led the Minutemen to a 16-7 record this year. “Everyone is getting tested, and we didn’t want to put Oak Hall at risk.”

The Eagles (20-8) will receive a bye tonight and face the winner of North Florida Christian (Tallahassee)-Christ’s Church Academy (Jacksonville) in next Tuesday’s regional semifinals.

The Class 1A playoffs will begin next Tuesday, Nov. 2, when Dixie County (Cross City) will host Lafayette (Mayo), Branford is at Bell, Taylor (Pierson) hosts Williston, and Newberry travels to Union County (Lake Butler).

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