Chaminade’s volleyball team must have had plans to watch the Miami Heat’s season-opening game Tuesday as it defeated visiting Miami Edison 25-8, 25-6, 25-9 in a match that took less than 50 minutes.
The Lions (23-3) will face Cardinal Gibbons — a team they have defeated twice already this season — in the Region 4-4A semifinal.
Chaminade set an early tone and wasted little time getting out in front.
Senior outside hitter Jordan Palmer led the Lions, who lost in the district semifinals last season, with 26 points and 16 aces.
Sydney Armbrister added 11 points, with six aces and four kills. Brianna Little added six kills.
Chaminade coach Jason Johnson is wary of the upcoming matchup with Cardinal Gibbons.
“It’s hard to beat a team three times in the same season,’’ Johnson said. “But we’re going to prepare the way we know how and go from there.’’
• Region 4-4A quarterfinal – Cardinal Gibbons d. Monsignor Pace 25-10, 25-16, 25-23: Having not won a district title for the first time in 10 years, it must have felt a little odd for Cardinal Gibbons to be playing a regional quarterfinal in someone else’s gym. But the Chiefs, who have suffered through a very un-Gibbons-like rebuilding year this season, had no problem downing host Monsignor Pace in three consecutive games night in a 4A regional quarterfinal matchup.
Gibbons (12-11) will get its shot at redemption next week when the Chiefs travel to Chaminade, which they have lost to twice this year, including last week’s district final, in a regional semifinal matchup. Pace finished its season 18-7.
“It’s definitely a little bit of a strange feeling for sure,” said Gibbons coach Kathryn Reeber, now in her fifth season after taking her team to the state final a year ago. “We’ve had such great senior leadership over the recent years and we lost all of that last year, and now we need new girls to step up and learn to lead and that’s still a work in progress. We’ll need to be at our very best next week if we want to get past Chaminade.”
As evidenced by their youth, the Chiefs were led by freshman Sarah Martin and sophomore Francesca Sequani. Martin finished with 31 assists, four digs, seven service points and three aces, and Sequani recorded eight kills and three blocks.
• Region 3-8A quarterfinal – Douglas d. Cypress Bay 25-14, 22-25, 27-25, 25-21: Stoneman Douglas played its Region 3-8A volleyball quarterfinal matchup against a familiar team: the Cypress Bay Lightning. In 2011, the Eagles defeated Cypress Bay in three sets in the regional quarterfinals.
On Tuesday, the host Eagles defeated Cypress Bay again, this time in four sets to advance to the regional semifinals against Western High School.
Douglas (21-2) held an early 10-7 lead in the first set when a string of questionable calls went against Cypress Bay. Combined with unforced errors and communication issues by the Lightning, Douglas took a 20-12 lead and went on to win the set.
“You can’t ever blame the ref for the way we played,” Cypress Bay coach Chris Guerra said. “We played great. Sometimes the calls don’t go your way, but it was tough to get over.”
In the second set, the Lightning responded. Tied at 22-22, Cypress Bay scored three consecutive points to take the set. In the pivotal third set, Douglas held a 23-19 lead when Cypress Bay (14-7) went on a 7-2 run.