Ransom falls short in volleyball semis


State volleyball

What: The FHSAA state girls’ volleyball finals.

When: Through Saturday.

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

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

Friday’s games — Class 3A semifinals: Gainesville St. Francis def. Clearwater Central Catholic; Orlando First Academy def. Westminster Christian; Class 4A semifinals: Tampa Berkeley Prep def. Jacksonville Episcopal; Orlando Bishop Moore def. Ransom Everglades; Class 1A final: Lafayette def. Liberty County; Class 2A final: Lake Worth Christian def. Foundation Academy.

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

Special to The Miami Herald

It was a defeat, yes, but after having forced the top-ranked team in the nation to a deciding fifth set, Ransom Everglades left Silver Spurs Arena justifiably proud.

Orlando’s Bishop Moore, ranked No. 1 by MaxPreps and 10th by PrepVolleyball, defeated Ransom, 25-21, 20-25, 25-22, 22-25, 15-11, Friday night in a Class 4A state semifinal.

“I’m not going to lie,” Ransom coach Roger Peluso said, “this hurts. But I think you all will agree that we put up a fight.”

The Hornets (31-0) ended Ransom’s 19-match win streak and will go for their first state title since 2000 on Saturday against Tampa’s Berkeley Prep, which beat Bishop Moore in the 2011 state final.

Ransom finished its season at 28-3, but the Raiders — who made their first appearance at state since 1994 — earned respect.

“I would rate Ransom among the top four in the state [in all classes] with the way they performed,” Bishop Moore coach Tanya Jarvis said. “Their blocking was really good.”

For perspective on how dominant Bishop Moore had been before Friday, consider that the Hornets did not lose a single set in three regional playoff matches. In fact, in their previous 25 matches, they had lost a total of just two sets.

But Ransom had 13 blocks to just seven for Bishop Moore, a tribute to the Raiders’ superior middle blockers, Erika and Caroline Sklaver.

Bishop Moore won largely because of the efforts of three players, all of whom have committed to Division I colleges.

The best of the three was 6-2 senior outside hitter Lindsey Owens (Virginia Tech), who had a match-high 37 kills.

Danielle Glinka, a 5-11 senior outside hitter who is going to Dartmouth, had 20 kills. Combined with Owens, they had 57 of the team’s 62 kills.

The other member of the trio is 5-9 junior setter Allie Monserez (South Carolina), who had a match-high 57 assists.

Kathryn Trinka led Ransom with 17 kills. Jess Mandel added 13 kills, Nikki Colonna had 47 assists and Tere Bernace had a match-high 28 digs.

“We came in as underdogs, but we had a lot of confidence,” Trinka said. “I don’t think any of this thought for a second that we were going to lose.”

•  Class 3A state semifinal — Orlando’s First Academy d. Westminster Christian, 17-25, 25-23, 25-13, 25-20: Westminster (27-5), ranked No. 1 in the state in 3A, never trailed in the first set and led 19-15 and 20-17 in the second game. But First Academy took over from there.

“I think if I had the answer, we would have won it,” Westminster coach Julie Doan said when asked how the momentum changed. “They’re good. We did everything we thought we could, and it wasn’t enough.”

First Academy (23-8) will attempt to win its fifth consecutive state title when it plays Gainesville’s St. Francis on Saturday.

Westminster seemed ready to fold in the fourth set, but the Warriors — with libero Susie Forbes serving — put together a 7-0 run to take a 19-17 lead.

But the Royals’ Brittany Smith, a 6-0 sophomore, had a match-high 21 kills and a match-best .405 hitting percentage.

Setter Kali Funk, a three-time state champ and a Delaware recruit, recovered after having been called for numerous double-hits and managed a match-high 38 assists.

Westminster outside hitter Sylvia Hernandez, considered one of the top five players in the state, led the Warriors with 19 kills. But she had a match-high 10 attack errors.

Royals coach Lindsey Hurlebaus said her team had Hernandez scouted properly.

“We knew where she was going to swing,” Hurlebaus said. “She loves to go [down the] line.”

Westminster had beaten First Academy twice earlier this season, but that’s when the Royals were battling injuries. Funk and libero Jordan Wilson-Talmade missed the earlier matches against Westminster.


Belen Jesuit outfielder Elias Monsalve has signed a letter of intent to play in Division 1 baseball at Manhattan College in New York.


•  American 3, Mater Academy 0: Wiliam Millan goal. Diego Arcon goal, assist. Julian Burbano goal. AM 3-0-1.

Westland Hialeah 1, Hialeah-Miami Lakes 0: Kenneth Rosales goal. Anuar Canizales shutout. WES 2-0-3.

•  Ferguson 3, South Miami 1: For FER: Andrew Chavez goal. Michael Prieto-Puga 2 goals. Nicholas Betancourt assist. For SM: Jorge Calderin assist. Herbert Wilson goal. FER 4-1-1.

•  Sunset 3, Southridge 0: Juan Marquez goal, 2 assists. Jonathan Diaz goal. Nick Feanny goal. Chris Armendariz shutout. SUN 2-0-1. SR 1-2-1.

Killian 3, South Dade 3: Simir George (KIL) goal. KIL 0-1-2.

•  Miami Country Day 2, Chaminade 0: Alfredo Fernandez goal. Daniel Mendez goal. MCD 5-0-1. CHA 2-2.

•  Belen 0, Miami Springs 0: BEL 2-0-2.

•  Coral Park 2, Braddock 0: Jose Molina 2 goals. Juan Pablo Gañan 2 assist. Pedro Berges shutout. CP 1-2-1.

•  Late Wednesday – Sunset 7, South Miami 3: Juan Marquez 2 goals, assist. Willie Lozano goal. Aaron Garzon goal. SUN 2-0-1.


•  Miami Springs 1, South Dade 1: For MS: Alyssa Deno goal. MS 6-1-2.

•  Miami Country Day 8, Doctors Charter 0: Gina Macropolis 3 goals. Avery Watson 2 goals, assist. Calypso Peratocos 2 goals, 2 assists. MCD 3-2.

•  South Dade 1, Miami Springs 1: Bania Duran goal. McKenzie VanHeusen assist. SD 5-0-2.

•  Reagan 4, Miami Beach 2: Monique Pedroda 2 goals.Giselle Sahari goal. Victoria Lella goal.

•  La Salle 3, St. Brendan 0: Danielle Peña 3 goals. Alex Alvarido assist. Sol Baldassini assist. Maggie Victoria assist. Maria Cuesta shutout. LAS 4-0-2.

•  Late Thursday – Ferguson 8, South Miami 0: Isa Jara 2 goals. Angel Oneil 2 goals. Natalie Solis 2goals. Patricia Pinckombe shutout.


•  Lourdes Academy 59, South Miami 33 – LOU (2-0): Suarez 20, Jordan 13, Nunez 9, Minnervino 6, Sosa 5, Campanella 4, Vidal 2. SM (2-1): Kaneeshia Brown 12, Cummings 12, Gil 2, Khadijan Brown 2, King 2, Evans 2, Ayerdis 1. Halftime: LOU 36-11. Three-pointers: Jordan 1, Cummings 1. Rebounds: Nunez 10. Steals: Minnervino 9. Assists: Suarez 6.

•  Coral Reef 59, Jackson 35 – CR (2-1): Ariana 15, Hollin 12, Toussant 12, Schonenberg 4, Alespeiti 4, Alespeiti 3, Charles 3, Flores 3, Saunders 2. Rebounds: Ariana 20 rebounds. Steals : Toussant 4.

•  Hialeah 48, North Miami Beach 30 – HIA (2-0): A. Charles 10, S. Charles 8, Hall 7 Dormer 7, Casanova 5, Dumorne 4, Prado 3, Loubeau 3, McCallam 1. NMB: Janvier 17, Pierre-Louis 6, Pierre 5, St. Germain 1, Fevrier 1. Halftime: HIA 28-17. Three-pointers: Prado, Dormer, Casanova, Hall. Foul-out: McCallam. Rebounds: A. Charles 11. Assists: Hall 4. Steals: Hall 4. Blocks: A. Charles 5.

•  Braddock 46, Palmetto 30 – PAL: Bellinghieri 10, Abbott 2, Elliot 6, Gross 5, Barrial 3, Oquendo 4. BRA: Benedit 13, Martinez 6, Osceola 19, Gianella 3, Fernandez 3, Sanchez 2. Halftime: BRA 28-13. Three-pointers: Benedit 3, Bellinghieri 2, Gross. Rebounds: Osceola 10. Assists: Benedit 7. Steals: Martinez 3.

•  Reagan 41, Miami Springs 19 – REA (1-1): Arias 19, Calderon 6, Rubio 2, Montoya 8, Cruz 2, Castro 4. MS (0-2): Acevedo 2, Pardino 6, Mckenney 8, Wood, P. 1, Wood, T. 2. Halftime RR 28-12. Three-pointers: Arias 3. Fouled out: Castro. Technical foul: Mckenney.

•  Hialeah Gardens 44, North Miami 24 – HG (1-1): Fernandez 6, Herba 18, Hernandez 2, Fanuz 12, Dieguez 6. NM: Gassant 2, Smith 10, Danger 1, Eady 3, Seide 8. Rebounds: Fernandez 7, Rodriguez 7.

•  American 57, Carol City 35 – AM (1-0): Bradshaw 17, Jones 15, Smith 15, David 4, D.Williams 3, Vargas 3. CC (0-2): Warren 10, Y.Williams 8, Gaines 6, Milton 4, S.Williams 2, Murphy 2, K.Williams 2, Butler 1. Halftime: AM.29-13. Rebounds: Smith 11. Assists: Jones 3. Steals: Smith 8.


Preseason – Hialeah Gardens 51, Southwest 40: Adrian Gonzalez 16 points. Alvaro Simoza 14 points. Henry Leonardo 8 points.

•  Late Thursday – Preseason – Miami Beach 57, Mourning 45 - MB: Jayquan Williams 15 points, 11 rebounds. Jahmir Tolliver 16 points, 5 assists. Leon Lasouba 12 points, 10 rebounds, 5 steals.

•  Late Thursday – PreseasonTERRA 62, Pinecrest Prep Academy 28 – TER: Zack Munoz 12 points. A.J. Morrales 6 points, 6 assists. Matthew Barrios 6 points, 5 rebounds. PPA: Erik Fernandez 10 points. TER 2-0.

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