Girls Volleyball Continues Deep Run into Postseason
By Sasha Crowe
The Ponte Vedra High School (PVHS) girls volleyball team moves on in the FSHAA state championship tournament after two incredible wins last week. On Wednesday, Oct. 25, the Sharks upset Leon High School after a tight comeback of 3-2. The five back and forth sets were nerve-racking with scores of 25-14, 10-25, 25-18, 20-25, and 17-15. The Sharks had resilience as every point mattered to squeeze in the regional quarterfinal win. Junior defensive specialist, Avery Meide led the team in the backrow. “We really focused on playing discipline volleyball and working together as a team. Having one of the toughest schedules in Florida, the competition has prepared us for the postseason tournament,” describes Meide.
On Saturday, Oct. 28, the PVHS ladies defeated Gulf Breeze High School in five close sets and won the regional semifinal match. The set scores were 25-22, 14-25, 25-20, 19-25, and 15-7. The Sharks offense shined in this game with a total of 57 kills. Seniors Chelsea Sutton and Ava Grall took charge with an average of 3.4 kills per set. Despite starting setter and right-side Ryan Murphy being injured, the ladies still came out victorious. “Getting to watch from the sidelines gave me a new perspective of the game and it’s great to see how much everyone has grown as individuals and as a team. Our focus for the next game is to take care of the ball and limit errors,” described Ryan Murphy.
The Sharks face Chiles High School on Wednesday, Nov. 1 for the regional final game. Chiles High School, with a record of 24-5, will be a hard-fought match to the end.
Pictured: The girls Ponte Vedra High School volleyball team huddled together before their game