In the second set, Lourdes struggled with faults, fouls and poor ball control. The Panthers jumped out to a lead in the third, prompting Penate to call a timeout.
“The girls came in not as focused as I wanted them to be, so I called timeout, screamed at them a little bit, refocused them and they came out and played hard the rest of the game,” Penate said.
After the break, Bobcats outside hitter Isa Vilar went on a tear, recording four consecutive kills and putting Lourdes ahead for good. In the fourth set, the Lourdes jumped out to a big lead, and Caro Busse’s high-flying spike gave them a 14-6 lead.
Palmetto could not make up the difference down the stretch despite strong games by Jamie Comandeiro (25 assists, three aces, 12 digs) and libero Patricia De La Iglesia (15 digs). Lourdes went on an 11-4 run to close out the game.
The Bobcats face Coral Reef in the regional semifinals next Tuesday.
• Region 4-8A quarterfinal – Hieleah High d. Miami Beach 23-25, 25-17, 25-16, 26-24: Hialeah High took three of four sets to win the match over Miami Beach in the Region 4-8A quarterfinal.
Hialeah High plays either Reagan or American next week in the semifinal.
Player of the game was Hialeah High’s Anicia Johnson with 8 kills, 2 blocks and 2 Aces.
“Anicia played really smart and had a great match,’’ T-Bred Coach Rosa Garcia on Johnson’s performance.
Annamarie Torres was instrumental to winning the last set, with a key block.
She finished with five blocks and seven kills.
• Region 4-4A quarterfinal – Ransom d. Coral Shores 25-10, 25-7, 25-13: Host Ransom Everglades breezed pass Coral Shores in three consecutive sets to advance to next week’s regional semifinal.
“I think we did a good job staying in our spots defensively, reacting to the ball and not being taken by surprise,” Ransom assistant coach Geronimo Chala said. “Serving aggressively was also a huge key to our success tonight.”
Leading that aggressive approach was Nicole Cruz who led the team with 20 service points and 3 aces. Teammate Tere Bernace added to the stellar defensive performance with 12 digs, 11 passes and 2 aces.
Raiders outside hitter Kathryn Trinka led the team in the offensive attack recording 13 kills, 6 passes and 14 points won.
Ransom will face rival Gulliver next Tuesday.
• Region 4-4A quarterfinal – Gulliver d. Carrollton 25-23, 25-16, 23-25, 25-12: Gulliver jumped out to a 5-0 lead early in the first set. The Cyclones rallied and tied the set at 22, but lost on a four touches penalty.
Catherine Arnholt’s three aces in the second set helped the Raiders to a second victorious set, this time by a nine-point margin. With its season on the line, Carrollton played its best in the third set and won 25-23. Gulliver won the fourth set convincingly.
Arnholt led the Raiders with a season-high 47 assists. She also had a match-high seven aces. Madeline Benn had 19 kills and Stephanie Rubin had 23 digs.
• Region 4-4A quarterfinal – Cardinal Gibbons d. Monsignor Pace 25-10, 25-16, 25-23: Even though Cardinal Gibbons is suffering through a rebuilding year and not quite the juggernaut of past seasons, the task was still a tall one for the Monsignor Pace Spartans. Hosting Gibbons, which did not win its district for the first time in 10 years, Pace was still up against plenty of talent and wound up falling to the Chiefs in three sets.