“I am super proud of my boys,” Coral Reef coach Yasmin Ortiz said. “They are my babies — four years I started out with a team that only had two players that played before on club teams. I have four basketball players that I trained to play volleyball. They are true multisport athletes.”
Those four players are Cedric Hankerson, Trey Holcombe, Malik Audain and Zavier Peart.
Audain had nine blocks, and seven kills, and Peart had 10 kills and three blocks.
While senior setter Anthony Caba led the team with 30 assists and three blocks to help the Barracudas to improve to 20-6.
COREY W. CAMPBELL
• District 12 final — Mourning d. Hialeah Miami-Lakes 25-18, 25-21, 25-19: The Sharks (18-5) swept the Trojans (14-5) in three sets to win the district 12 championship at Alonzo & Tracy Mourning Senior High.
Mourning will host Champinade-Madonna in the regional first round play-in Tuesday at 7 p.m. This is the first boys’ volleyball district championship for the Sharks.
Mourning won the first set on a serving error by the Trojans. The Sharks stayed strong in the second set and got the 25th point on a hitting error.
Hialeah Miami-Lakes led early in the third set, but the Sharks rallied to take the lead. With Mourning leading 13-11 some of the gym lights went out and the game was stopped for 16 minutes.
After the delay, the Sharks dominated. The set, match and district championship was won on a slammed kill by Werner Sabban.
Sabban led the Sharks with nine kills, two aces and two blocks. Matheus Mera had seven kills, two aces and two blocks.
• District 15 final — Sunset d. Varela 25-15, 25-12, 25-21: The Sunset Knights once again defeated the Varela Vipers to claim there district 15 title for the second year in a row.
Sunset Coach Camilo Gaitan on his back to back district titles, “I’m truly humbled, this wasn’t an easy path but our hard work and dedication got us here again.”
Knights easily defeated the Vipers by sweeping all three matches.
The Knights standout player was Juan De la Hoz with 13 kills, 2 aces and 11 digs.
De la Hoz and the Knights played an uptempo, aggressive game and were in constant attack.
Miami Palmetto outside hitter Samantha Marquez signed a National Letter of Intent with Palm Beach State College. Marquez, a 2011 First Team all-county selection, earned a full athletic scholarship to join the Panthers’ volleyball team next fall.
The 5’9 senior finished her high school career with 146 kills, 178 digs and 49 aces. Marquez was also a two time all-county selection in softball.