Susie Forbes led the Warriors with 18 digs, and Kelsey Taylor had team-highs in assists (16) and aces (four).
Coach Julie Doan also praised two of her sophomores.
“Courtney [Clausell] had a phenomenal game,” Doan said. “And Sammy [Ceballos] has had three or four great games in a row for us.”
Despite the loss, Palmer’s future appears bright. Counting their libero, Palmer started two juniors, three sophomores, one freshman and one eighth grader on Tuesday.
• Region 4-4A semifinal — Chaminade d. Cardinal Gibbons 25-19, 25-19, 25-19: Heading into this season, Chaminade-Madonna knew it would need to take down girls’ volleyball powerhouse — and district rival — Cardinal Gibbons multiple times if it wanted to reach the state tournament.
For the third time in as many matches, the host Lions were victorious.
Chaminade-Madonna (24-3) will face the winner of Gulliver Prep and Ransom Everglades at 2 p.m. Saturday with that trip to state on the line. The Lions lost in three sets to the latter at a tournament held at Ransom earlier this season.
The Lions last reached the state semifinal in 2009, falling in three sets. Three of the current seniors — captain Brianna Little, Dillon Villella and Monica Iglesias — were on that squad.
“Freshman year was the epitome of all my volleyball dreams,” said Little, who finished with four kills and three blocks on Tuesday. “I’ve been playing volleyball for years, but that was the most amazing thing. The team was so together and we all enjoyed it. As good as that past team was, I think we’ve got even better chemistry and more talent. We’ve got it, we just need to focus and have fun with it.”
In the first set, Chaminade-Madonna tallied 13 of the next 16 points with the score tied at 5. The Lions jumped out to a 7-1 lead in the second set, but trailed 18-16 after a Chief run. From there, Chaminade-Madonna went on a 9-1 run to close it out. The Lions took an 8-3 advantage in the final set, but Cardinal Gibbons tied it at 11. The Lions rattled off eight consecutive points and never allowed the Chiefs within six.
Junior middle blocker Emily O’Neil recorded 15 service points, two aces, six kills and four blocks for the Lions. Junior outside hitter Amber Addison added eight kills and four blocks.
Senior middle blocker Hannah Hills led the Chiefs (12-12) with six kills, two blocks, one dig and one service point. Senior outside hitter Shirley Bazua tallied five kills, three blocks, two digs and one assist.
CHRISTINA DE NICOLA
• Region 4-2A semifinal — Westwood Christian vs. Calusa Prep, ppd.: The match was postponed Tuesday night because of scheduling conflicts. The game will be rescheduled for later this week. The winner will advance to Saturday’s regional final game versus Sheridan Hills Christian.
• Florida Christian 3, Miami Country Day 2: Katelyn Godoy 3 goals. Jessica Balcero 2 assists. For MCD Avery Watson goal. FC 1-1.
• Hillel 6, Archbishop Curley 1: Carli Scheck 3 goals. Alexandra Ohayon 2 goals. Nikki Scheck goal.
• Ransom 3, University School 0: Chloe Treaster 1 goal, 2 assists. Dani Frese 1 goal. Victoria Sotolongo shutout.
• Columbus 4, Coral Park 3: Juan Aguerrevere 3 goals. Alejandro Pita goal, assist. Danny del Rio 3 assists.