No coin flip necessary: Ferguson knocks off Lourdes


Special to The Miami Herald

Ferguson girls’ volleyball coach Greg Shanower gave every player on his team a quarter before Thursday night’s match against Lourdes.

Don’t worry. This isn’t any kind pay-for-play scandal. There was a message behind making every Falcon 25 cents richer.

“Don’t let that be your fate,” Shanower told his team.

With a loss to the Bobcats, Ferguson and Lourdes would’ve been tied atop District 15-8A, and the No. 1 seed would’ve come down to a coin flip.

Playing with those quarters in their shoes, Ferguson defeated Lourdes for the second time this season 25-18, 19-25, 25-20, 25-21 at Columbus. No coin flip will be necessary.

Marissa Jimenez’s two blocks could not have come at a more opportune time as they killed Bobcat spikes to convert the 24th and 25th points of the final set to seal the deal.

Shanower feels the way the team responded coming off the second-set loss was what catapulted it to victory.

“In the second [set], you could see them tensing up, and I told them in the third, ‘There’s no reason to tense up. Remember, there’s no pressure on us,’” Shanower said. “They went out with that attitude, jumping around, having fun.”

Sisters Annika and Alexandra Reczek stepped up for Ferguson. Annika finished with 14 kills and three aces while Alexandra registered nine kills plus a team-high 22 digs.

Sophie Serrano racked up a team-leading 39 assists.

Captain Daniela Suarez had 11 kills and five blocks.

“She’s a beast,” Shanower said. “She just has this will. She hates to lose. That girl could probably play defensive end on the football team.”

Clinching the No. 1 seed in the district is pivotal because Ferguson now avoids Southwest, a dangerous No. 3 seed, and Lourdes until the district championship.


• North Miami Beach d. Hialeah Gardens 20-25, 10-25, 25-18, 25-17, 15-6: Neka Pierre 3 aces, 16 digs, 4 kills. Netsy Delva 2 aces, 2 blocks, three digs, 2 kills, 13 assists. Sarafinah Thimotus 4 kills. NMB 6-6.

• Carol City d. Northwestern 27-25, 25-21, 25-23

• Hialeah d. American Heritage 13-25 , 25-17 ,25-10 ,25-15: Sabrina Bubbel 21 digs 3 aces. Nahir Navarro 15 kills , 4 aces, 11 digs. Anamarie Torres 11 Kills , 5 Blocks. HIA 16 -3.

• TERRA d. Edison 25-8, 25-15, 25-16: Brooke McDermott 13 kills, 9 aces. Monica Chang 8 assists. Katelyn Barrow 6 assists, 2 aces.

• Doctors Charter d. Northwest Christian 25-6, 25-9, 25-6: Carol Sayori Assato 11 digs, 9 aces, 8 kills. Joana Rousseau 6 kills, 3 digs, 3 aces. Kristen Solorzano 3 aces. DOC 12-3.

• Gulliver d. University 25-16, 25-6, 25-12: Melanie Brooks 24 digs. Catherine Arnholt 21 assist 9 digs 4 aces. Kai-Lin Hernandez 5 kills. Stephanie Rubin 7 kills , 7 digs, 4 blocks.


• Columbus 147, Cypress Bay 150, Palmetto 155, Krop 193 (at Hillcrest par 36): Christian Melendez (COL) 35, Edgardo Arrazola (CB) 35, J.P. Arrazola (CB) 37, Juan Yumar (COL) 37, Eddie Martinez (COL) 37.

• Miami Country Day 184, Marathon 203 (at Miami Shores CC par 35): Nathan Hurst (MCD) 42, Kyle Pierce (MAR) 42, Spencer Berens (MCD) 47.


• Palmetto 199, Coral Reef 208, Bradock (inc.) (at Palmetto GC par 37): 1. Gabby Montes 40, 2. Leia Schwartz 40, Jasleen Chin-Sang 45.



Jackson vs. Booker T. Washington (Traz), 7:30

Southridge vs. Norland (North Miami), 7:30

Varela vs. Coral Reef (Southridge), 4

Delray American Heritage at Gulliver, 4

Palmetto vs. Homestead (Harris), 7:30

Sunset vs. Killian (Tropical), 7:30

Coral Gables at Ferguson, 4

Key West vs. American (Milander), 7:30

Hialeah at Lakeland, 7

Carol City at Naples Barron Collier, 7

North Miami Beach at Apopka, 7:30

Champagnat at American Heritage, 7:30

Monsignor Pace at Treasure Coast, 7

Westminster Christian at Doral Academy, 4

Archbishop Carroll at Chaminade-Madonna, 4

Tavernier Coral Shores at La Salle, 7:30

Westminster Academy at Ransom Everglades, 7:30

Dade Christian at WPB Kings Academy, 7:30

Vero Beach St. Edwards at Northwest Christian, 6

Archbishop Curley at Marathon, 7:30


MAST at Carol City, 3:30

Colonial Christian at Divine Savior, 7

Hialeah-Miami Lakes at Miami High, 5

Archemedian at Princeton Christian, 6:30

Gulliver Prep at Southwest, 6


GMAC championship at Miami Springs Aquatic Center - Prelims: 8:30 a.m.; Finals: 5

Doctors Charter vs. Sagemont (Sheinberg Family YMCA Pool), 3


Junior Orange Bowl Invitational at Larry and Penny Thompson Park - Girls: 4:40; Boys: 5:15

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