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Predicting the Winners: Our Volleyball Regional Championship Picks in Southwest Florida

The FHSAA volleyball playoffs are finally here. Lots of our local teams in Southwest Florida made the postseason, as 15 area programs can be vying for state championships of their respective classifications.

Below, we’ll be breaking down each region, together with our pick to win each of the five regions featuring an area program.

Teams in daring denote local squads. Teams in denote district champions.

Class 3A-Region 3:
(8) Clearwater Central Catholic vs.
(2) Calvary Christian vs.
(7) First Baptist vs.
(5) Tampa Prep

Evaluation: Canterbury and First Baptist each jumped Clearwater Central Catholic in the long run, because the Marauders were ahead but dropped all the way down to the No. 8 seed. Canterbury was super near hosting, as Calvary Christian and Berkeley Prep were ranked 4th and fifth, respectively. If Berkeley jumped Calvary for the No. 2 seed, the Cougars would’ve hosted.

That is the hardest region locally and statewide this yr, as Carrollwood Day, Calvary Christian, and Berkeley Prep are all ranked contained in the top five statewide. This region features all eight teams contained in the top 55 statewide, making it the most effective region within the state this cycle. Canterbury and First Baptist could have their hands full with the Buccaneers and Warriors, because the two teams have the posh of playing in a loaded Tampa Bay area for volleyball.

Each Canterbury and First Baptist play excellent defense on the block, making for some potentially interesting outcomes in the primary round. Nonetheless, the Cougars and Lions can be road underdogs.

The News-Press/Naples Day by day News pick: Calvary Christian

Class 5A-Region 3:
(7) Bonita Springs
(3) Gulf Coast vs.
(6) Port Charlotte vs.
(5) North Fort Myers

Evaluation: This region is Barron’s to lose, because the Cougars are peaking at the suitable time. Yamil Del Valle’s group comes into region play with a record of 22-6, and can host Tampa Freedom, a .500 district champion, in the primary round. Expect the Cougars to roll until the regional championship. Gulf Coast, under first-year coach John Alvarez, will host in the primary round against Port Charlotte. The Sharks enter postseason play with an 18-8 record, an encouraging sign for this system this yr.

Two local at-large squads made the postseason in North Fort Myers and Bonita Springs, because the Red Knights will go on the road to face St. Petersburg, while the Bull Sharks will play Braden River. With this region being very top-heavy, it’s conceivable we see a fourth edition of Barron Collier and Gulf Coast within the regional final, however the Sharks could have to go on the road within the second round, most certainly. Gulf Coast is 5-2 this yr on the road.

The News-Press/Naples Day by day News pick: Barron Collier

Class 6A-Region 3:
vs. (8) Riverdale
vs. (7) Mitchell
vs. (6) Wiregrass Ranch
(4) Wharton at

Evaluation: In a last-minute surprise, the Riverdale volleyball team snuck into the postseason under second-year coach Jessica Beall, jumping Land O’ Lakes by a single spot statewide (181st and 182nd) to make the playoffs. The Raiders will get Charlotte in the primary round, marking the second meeting between the 2 teams this yr. The Tarpons won at home last time, three sets to 1.

Fort Myers with a district title win, can be hosting fourth-seeded Wharton, giving the Green Wave a probability to pack the Wave Cave for a playoff game. While Riverdale is an underdog, it’s possible a Fort Myers-Riverdale semifinal rematch could possibly be within the offing, although each side could have to handle business in the primary round. Fort Myers is 11-1 at home this yr.

The News-Press/Naples Day by day News pick: Bloomingdale

Class 4A-Region 3:
vs. (8) Hudson
vs. (7) LaBelle
vs. (4) Robinson
vs. (5) Aubrey Rogers

Evaluation: The Wildcats come into the regional tournament because the No. 2 seed, able to make a regional final under John Ban. Estero will get an instantaneous district title rematch with LaBelle, who successfully played their way into the postseason after beating Aubrey Rogers within the district semifinals. The Cowgirls will get one other crack on the Wildcats in hopes of pulling the upset.

Under Saad Rivera, the Patriots are actually 1-for-1 in making the postseason, because the first-year program will look to make a splash and grab its first postseason win against Tampa Robinson. No matter who it’s, that team could have to go to and undergo Holy Names to punch their ticket to Winter Haven. The Jaguars are 15-11 on the season, but have the twenty third best strength of schedule (17.05) statewide. For perspective, the team with the most effective local strength of schedule this yr was Canterbury, with a 15.75.

The News-Press/Naples Day by day News pick: Holy Names

Class 2A-Region 3:
vs. (8) Tampa Bay HEAT
vs. (3) St. John Neumann
vs. (6) Marco Island
(4) SFCA at

Evaluation: This includes a very top-heavy region, because the Stingrays will look to make one other Final 4 appearance, this time under first-year coach Jeff Motluck. Seacrest enters the regional play with a 24-3 record, having dominated for virtually your complete season.

St. John Neumann and Marco Island will clash in a game of local squads on Tuesday, while SFCA could have to travel to Hernando Christian. The King’s swept Neumann twice while being swept once, which made it surprising that the Celtics stayed ahead of SFCA within the rankings.

At the tip, Keswick Christian poses the largest challenge to Seacrest’s quest to three-peat, because the Crusaders are fourth overall within the classification. If the Stingrays are caught looking ahead, their season might end sooner than expected.

The News-Press/Naples Day by day News pick: Seacrest Country Day


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