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Coral Reef girls’ volleyball falls to Winter Park in state semifinals


State volleyball

What: The FHSAA state girls’ volleyball finals.


Where: Silver Spurs Arena, 1875 Silver Spur Lane, Kissimmee.

Admission: $9 per session; Parking: $5 (cars); $10 buses.

Defending state champs – Class 8A: Tarpon Springs East Lake; 7A: Stuart Martin County; 6A: Tallahassee Leon; 5A: Merritt Island; 4A: Tampa Berkeley Prep; 3A: Orlando First Academy; 2A: Boynton Beach Lake Worth Christian; 1A: Mayo Lafayette.

Tuesday’s results – Class 6A semifinals: Ocala Vanguard d. Fort Myers, 25-22, 19-25, 20-25, 25-22, 15-4; St. Augustine d. Bradenton Lakewood Ranch, 19-25, 19-25, 25-23, 25-20, 15-10; Class 7A semifinals: Venice d. Gainesville Buchholz, 20-25, 25-20, 16-25, 25-19, 15-10; St. Thomas Aquinas d. Lakeland George Jenkins, 27-25, 25-21, 25-17; Class 8A semifinals: Boca Raton d. Lake Mary, 25-20, 12-25, 21-25, 25-21, 15-8; Winter Park d. Coral Reef 25-19, 25-10, 25-18.

Wednesday’s games – Class 5A semifinals: St. Johns Bartram Trail vs. Jensen Beach, noon; Merritt Island vs. Jacksonville Bishop Kenny, 2; Class 6A final: Vanguard vs. St. Augustine, 4; Class 7A final: St. Thomas Aquinas vs. Venice, 6; Class 8A final: Boca Raton vs. Winter Park, 8.

Thursday’s games – Class 1A semifinals: Bristol Liberty County vs. Pierson Taylor, noon; Baker vs. Mayo Lafayette, 2; Class 2A semifinals: Lake Worth Christian vs. Tallahassee John Paul II, 4; Sheridan Hills Christian vs. Winter Garden Foundation Academy, 6; Class 5A final: 8.

Friday’s games – Class 3A semifinals: Gainesville St. Francis vs. Clearwater Central Catholic, 10 a.m.; Orlando First Academy vs. Westminster Christian, noon; Class 4A semifinals: Tampa Berkeley Prep vs. Jacksonville Episcopal, 2; Ransom Everglades vs. Orlando Bishop Moore, 4; Class 1A final: 6; Class 2A final: 8.

Saturday’s games – Class 3A final: noon; Class 4A final: 2.

Special to The Miami Herald

Coral Reef, playing in the state semifinals for the first time in school history, had their season ended Tuesday night — but not before they put a scare into a heavily favored opponent.

Winter Park (26-5) defeated Coral Reef, 25-19, 25-10, 25-18, at Silver Spurs Arena, overwhelming the Barracudas (25-6) with their size, speed and skill.

In the first set, Coral Reef led by as many as three points and as late as 18-17 before Winter Park scored seven of the final eight points.

In the third set, Coral Reef led by as many as five points and as late as 17-16 before Winter Park scored nine of the final 11 points.

“I’m really happy with my team,” said Yasmin Ortiz, Coral Reef’s fifth-year coach. “Going in, I knew we were facing a really solid Winter Park team, with a very good block. I was looking forward to seeing what we could do.

“We hung in there and fought all the way through. We made adjustments, and we tried to find a way to score the ball. We did not give up at any time. It was a great season.”

Winter Park, ranked 10th in the state regardless of class, will play sixth-ranked Boca Raton in Wednesday’s final. Boca Raton beat fifth-ranked Lake Mary in five sets earlier Wednesday.

The Barracudas are not quite in the class of their fellow Final Four teams, but they have come a long way in the past few years.

Ortiz finished 12-10 in each of her first two seasons at the school, but the Cudas have improved every year since, going from 16 wins in 2010 to 21 last season and now 25.

The arrival of sophomore Kristine Rios this season allowed Ortiz to run a 6-2 offense for the first time, with Rios and senior captain Daniela Leal as the setters.

Ortiz mentioned three other seniors as key figures in the team’s historic run to the state semifinals: libero Paulina Persson; 6-2 outside hitter Baylee Waterman and 6-3 middle blocker Erika Hyman.

The other starters are juniors Adara Anselmo and Andrea Alespeiti.

None of the Barracudas’ players have committed to colleges yet, but they are being recruited, Ortiz said.

Leal said her goal when she arrived at Coral Reef was to make it to state.

“It’s taken us four years to get here, but it’s amazing,” Leal said.

In Tuesday’s match, Coral Reef went up against Winter Park’s talented front line, including 6-3 junior Christina Ambrose, who has committed to Purdue. Ambrose had a match-high 18 kills against Coral Reef.

Winter Park coach Stephanie Gibson is familiar to local volleyball fans. She coached Sunset to state titles in 1993 and 1995 — the last girls’ volleyball championships for any Miami-Dade County teams.

Gibson has since won three state titles at Winter Park and will go for her sixth championship overall on Wednesday against Boca Raton.


Pace has three of their baseball players signing: Brandon Gomez, outfielder, is heading to FIU; Manny Pazos, catcher, is going to University of Pittsburg; Luis Deville, pitcher, going to Barry University.


•  University School 6, Pace 0: Megan O’Toole and Katie Sadeghi each with a goal and an assist.

Gillian Newman fourth shutout. US 3-1-3.

•  Marathon 5, Palmer Trinity 0

•  Ferguson 2, Coral Reef 1: Isa Jara and Marcela Ramirez had one goal each.

•  Ransom Everglades 8, Archbishop Carroll 0: Jillian Awner 2 goals, 2 assists. Sofia Petros goal, 3 assists. Victoria Sotolongo shutout.

•  Hillel 4, Doctors Charter 0: Tali Zighelboim, Ali Wolf, Alexandra Ohayon and Camila Hojda had one goal each.

Varela 1, Miami Spings 1: Carlota Campos assist. Emily Ochoa goal.

•  Killian 8, Westland 0: Jayda Hamilton 2 goals, 2 assists. Stephanie Galindo 2 goals, assists. Emily Boggess goal, assist.

Dade Christian 8, Hialeah Educational 0: Sophie Garcia 2 goals. Abby Clanton 1 goal. Amanda Martin 1 goal. Julie Ramos shutout.


•  Westminster Academy 0, Sagemont 0: Cody Grimm (WA) shutout.

•  Westminster Christian 2, Archimedean 0: Sabrin Vorbe goal. Joey Alamo goal. Tyler Ursuy 1 assist. WC 1-0-0.

•  Miami Country Day 3, Keys Gate 1: Connor Quinton, Alfredo Fernandez, and Teddy Pronprinya had one goal each. MCD 4-0, KG 1-1.

•  Belen Jesuit 2, Homested 2: Kevin Gonsalez 1, Mateo Buraglia 1 assist.

•  Coral Reef 2, Columbus 0

•  Ransom Everglades 1, LaSalle 0: Casey Colucci (RE) 1 goal. Jake Deuel (RE) third shutout. RAN 4-0.

•  South Miami 1, Coral Park 1: Herbert Wilson 1 assist. Jorge Patino goal. Carlos Rivero 20 saves.

University 9, Pace 1: Gaston Becheran 4 goals. Jared Heller 3 goals. US 2-1.

•  Highlands Christian 9, Donna Klein 2: Lucas Almeida 3 goals. Mateus Lima goal, assist. Kyle Audet goal, assist.


•  American Heritage 64, Sagemont 35 – AH: Samons 6, Chisolm 4, R. Moncrief 27, Bradley 11, Martinez 4, K. Moncrief 7, Osceola 3, Marshall 2. Sag: Rucker 10, Griffin 6, Marshall 19. Halftime: AH 27-19. Rebounds: R. Moncrief 6. Steals: R. Moncrief 11.

•  Mater East 35, Pine Crest 19 – ME: Richard 21, Hernandez 6, Chirinio 4, Garcia 2, Marquez 2. PC: Toranzo 10, Beltran 4, Martinez 3, Ruiz 2. Halftime: ME 20-7.

•  Palmer Trinity 56, St. Brendan 13 – SB (0-1): Rodriguez 2, Vargas 1, Parrilla 2, Gonzalez 3, Bolanos 2, Falla 3. PT (1-0): Gonzalez 2, Arriaga 2, James 17, Smith 10, I. Baiamonte 2, Hebb 11, Granada 6, Parten 4, Waldman 3. Halftime: PT 33-7. Three-pointers: James 3, Smith 1. Rebounds: Waldman 5. Assists: Granada 8. Steals: Smith 11.

•  Westminster Christian 50, Calusa Prep 26 – WC (1-0): Poveda 12, Figueroa 12, Woodard 6, Crotty 6, Avery 4, Victorero 4, Sammour 4, Mayo 2. CP (0-1): Victor 16, Dunntemun 4, Lucas 6. Rebounds: Woodard 10.

•  Miami High 89, Miami Springs 10 – MIA: Reid 7, Mendoza 11, Pierre 12, Evans 7, Johnson 9, Smith 4, Kimbrough 9, Guerrero 8, Mompremier 22. MS: Chelsea 2, Alexia 2, Leidy 2, Jasmine 2, Jasmine 2. Halftime: MIA 62-6. Three-pointers: Mendoza 2, Kimbrough 2. Rebounds: Mompremier 20. Assists: Mendoza 8. Steals: Reid 5.

•  Miami Country Day 60, Pine Crest 18 – MCD (1-0): Swaby 19, Minott 13, Mackenzie 12, Lewis 8, Kotalik 8. PC: Jarecki 12, Johnson 4, Rudnik 2. Halftime: MCD 42-6. Three-pointers: Jarecki 4. Rebounds: Swaby 14. Assists: Lewis 10. Steals: Mackenzie 6, Minott 6.

•  LaSalle 53, Chaminade 10 – LS: Moye 5, Lopez 16, Noriega 2, Echevarria 4, Montoto 3, Tilman 8, Berry 10, Chapoteau 5. Cha: Aponte 4, Savannah 4, Baptiste 2. Three-pointers: Lopez 2, Chapoteau, Montoto, Aponte 1. Rebounds: Echevarria 8. Steals: Tilman 3. Assists: Berry 5.


•  Preseason – Miami Christian 73, Greater Miami 34: for MC : Shamyr Borgelin 21 points, 10 rebounds. Josh Rosario 21 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists.

•  Preseason – Coral Gables 82, IMG Academy 69: Nick Cruz 19 points, 5 assists. Julius Jobe 17 points, 3 assists, 3 steals. Antonio Dawson 12 points, 8 rebounds.


•  Southwest 54, Coral Reef 27: 113: Erik Zorrilla pin 0:28. 145: Pedro Miranda pin 0:39. 160: Lazaro Rodriguez pin 1:03. SW 1-0.




Ferguson vs. Champagnat (Palmetto), 6

Doral at Palmetto, 7:30

TERRA vs. Archimedean (Palmer Trinity), 5:30

Pine Crest at Palmer Trinity, 7


North Miami at American, 5

Hialeah Gardens at Hialeah, 7:30

Northwestern at Homestead, 5

Krop at Carol City 5

Hialeah-Miami Lakes at Central, 5

Lourdes at Coral Park, 5

Mater Academy at Norland, 3:30

Southwest at South Miami, 7:30

Florida Christian at Ransom, 3:30

Doral at Greater Miami Academy, 5


Miami Beach at Sunset, 5


Ferguson vs. American (Traz), 6

Westland Hialeah at Goleman, 3:30

LaSalle at Doral Academy, 6

Krop at Hialeah, 4

Miami High at Hialeah Gardens, 4

Belen Jesuit at Hialeah-Miami Lakes, 3:30

Booker T. Washington at MAST, 1:30

Homestead at Mater Academy, 5:30

Jackson at Edison, 4

South Miami at Sunset, 4

TERRA at Mourning, 5:30

Miami Beach vs. N.Miami (NM Stadium), 4

North Miami Beach at Reagan, 4


Lourdes at Coral Gables, 3:30

Krop at Hialeah, 2

Miami High at Hialeah Gardens, 2

Southwest at Homestead, 3:30

Doral Academy at La Salle, 4

Booker T. Washington at MAST, 3:30

American at Mater Academy, 3:30

Hialeah-Miami Lakes at Mater Lakes, 4

Jackson at Edison, 2

TERRA at Mourning, 3:30

Miami Beach at North Miami (NM Stadium), 2

North Miami Beach at Reagan, 2

Sunset at South Miami, 3:30



Region 4-8A quarterfinal: Dr. Krop vs. Columbus (Tropical), 7

Region 4-8A quarterfinal: Coral Gables vs. North Miami Beach (North Miami), 7

Region 4-7A quarterfinal: Plantation vs. American (Traz), 7:30

Mourning at Reagan, 3

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