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Ransom Everglades girls advance to volleyball finals

It wasn’t long ago that Miami-Dade County teams left the state tournament in awe of the opponents it had just faced.

The reverse was true Tuesday at Silver Spurs Arena.

With precise setting and powerful hitting at the net, senior Nikki Colonna and junior Caroline Sklaver helped Ransom Everglades’ girls’ volleyball team overpower Tallahassee Florida State High for a relatively comfortable 25-16, 25-13, 26-24 victory in a Class 4A state semifinal.

Ransom Everglades’ victory, coupled with Westminster Christian’s win earlier in the day, were the first two victories for Dade County teams at the state tournament since 2008.

Before Tuesday, Dade teams had only won three matches overall since the 1995 season when Sunset won the county’s last state championship in the sport. It was also the first time more than one Dade team reached the state finals in the same season since 1994 — also the last time Ransom played in a state final.

Ransom (29-3) will try to win its first state championship since 1990 when it takes on Orlando Lake Highland Prep on Wednesday at 5 p.m. Westminster Christian will play for the Class 3A title at 3 p.m. Dade also has Ferguson competing in the Class 8A bracket starting Thursday.

“Our girls are happy, but I want them to realize how special what they accomplished today really is,” said Ransom coach Roger Peluso, who guided his team to the state tournament for the second consecutive season. “For Miami to have not just one team in the final, but two is a rarity. For many years, our teams have been swept in three and sent home. So it’s big for us and Westminster, and hopefully Ferguson can do the same when they play.”

Sklaver finished with 12 kills and 26 assists, while Colonna, a Lynn University commitment, totaled 13 kills and 19 digs to pace Ransom’s attack.

Their setting allowed Ransom to show off its depth as Lisette Tellez and Sophie Bullard each had eight kills. Tellez, an MIT recruit, also had 13 digs. Libero Tere Bernace had a match-high 16 digs.

“That was a great team and we hadn’t faced a team with that many hitters,” FSU coach Larry Sparkman said. “That height and variety of shots they hit was a lot of stuff we haven’t faced before. We have nothing to be ashamed of because we lost to a great team.”

Both Colonna and Sklaver credited the team’s precision for allowing their attack to open up so well allowing the Raiders to dominate early and often. Even the third game was close, largely because of unforced errors, which Ransom eventually limited to sweep the match.

“We executed the middle real well and it opened up the outsides well,” Colonna said.

Added Sklaver: “When we have both those components working, it’s real easy to get kills.”

Ransom also had a big contribution from Sydney Bent, a 5-10 lefty eighth-grader and outside hitter, who finished with seven kills and two digs.

The Raiders took an early 8-1 lead and cruised in the first game. At 13-8, Ransom pulled away in the second on a 7-1 surge.

“We have to make sure we keep telling ourselves it’s not over until we get to 25 points,” Bent said. “We need to keep our energy up and play through every point.”


Krop senior Alex Knight will sign Wednesday with the University of Michigan. Knight, a three-time All-Dade first-team selection, is graduating early and is a team state champion at No. 1 singles and individual No. 1 singles. Knight was also a high school All-American last season.


MAST Academy shut out Norland en route to its second victory of the young season.

Michael Morejon played multiple roles for MAST (2-1) as he scored a goal and was a relentless presence in goal as he recorded the shutout.

Gabriel Ventoso, Andres Garcia and Luis Garcia each added goals in the game.

•  MAST 5, Norland 0:

•  St. Brendan 5, Archbishop Carroll 0: Badih Merheg 2 goals. Gaby Vazquez 2 goals, assist. Octavio Gonzalez goal. SB 1-2.

•  Ransom Everglades 9, Pace 1: Jackson Mihm 3 goals. Jack Houston 1 goal. Isidro Romero 2 assists. RE 4-0.

Dade Christian 6, Hero Academy 2: Ivan Arenas 6 goals. DC 1-0-1.

•  Archimedean 8, Colonial Christian 0: Andres Hernandez 4 goals. Bijan Zojaji goal, assist. Stavros Kalemakis goal. Christopher Jordan goal. Kevin Alzate goal, assist. Michael Villegas 3 assists. Juan Lopez 2 assists. David Cuitiva assist.

•  Palmer Trinity 10, Westwood Christian 0: Henry Fernandez goal. Jeronimo Fernandez 2 assists. Devin Aragon-Duenas assist. PT 2-1-1.

•  LaSalle 4, Miami Country Day 0: Francesco Campoy goal. Bryan DeFreitas goal, assist. Tomas Victoria goal, assist. Marco Brugo assist.

•  St. Brendan 5, Archbishop Carroll 0: Gabriel Vazquez 2 goals, assist. Badih Merheg 2 goals. Octavio Gonzalez goal. Julian Quinones shutout. SB 1-2.

•  Gulliver 6, Florida Christian 0: Christian Arajo 3 goals. Augusto Acosta goal. Alan Harmony goal. GUL 4-0.

Gulliver 3, Pine Crest 0.


•  South Dade 9, South Ridge 0: Dana Birchall 2 goals, assist. Andy Bueno goal, assist. Christy Smith goal. Allyssa Cili shutout.

•  Homestead 8, Central 0: Camasha Alexander 3 goals. Alait Baptist goal, assist. Kaydee Bailey 2 goals. 2 assists. Neli Olvera goal. Juana Canastasju goal. Jude Maelle Bien Aime assist. HOM 2-3.

•  Ransom Everglades 8, Pace 0: Celine Ferraro 3 goals, assist. Jillian Awner goal. Victoria Sotolongo shutout.

•  Coral Reef 3, Killian 0: Raykeya Berry 2 goals. Sophia Larsen goal. Safiya Baxter shutout.

•  Miami Springs 8, Westland 0: Ale Salazar 3 goals, assist. Sofia De La Puneta 2 goals, assist. Katherine Inhoof goal. Debbie Yance goal. MS 5-1.

•  Palmer Trinity 9, Westwood Christian 0: Sarah Medina 6 goals (school record). Sofia Guerra goal. Hana Bornani goal. Carolina Casariego goal. Victoria Rosales 2 assists. Mikela Garcia 2 assists. Anabel Danon 2 assists. Sofia Rivas assist. PT 4-1.

•  Mater Academy 3, TERRA 2: Karly Villar goal. Alexis Rodriguez goal. Sara Leon goal. MA 4-2.

•  Lourdes Academy 8, South Miami 0: Sophia Serrano 2 goals, assist. Christine Hoynack goal, assist. Diana Castrillon goal, assist. Michelle Figarola goal, assist. Natalie Silberman goal. Alexa Jauregui goal.

•  Palmetto 2, Varela 1: Shelby Denkert goal. Ava Gruener goal.

•  Carrollton 7, Marathon 1: Sarah Berenguer 2 goals. Drew Wells goal. Alexandra Cimo goal. Alexa Garcia goal. Michelle Diaz-Silviera goal. Isabella Kang goal.

•  St. Brendan 8, Braddock 0: Nicole Dennis 2 goals. Kate Alvarez goal, 4 assists. Alexa Dussaq goal. Alex Cinney goal. Katie Menendez goal. Kristen Maestu goal. Ashley Campis goal. Mallory Ryan shutout. SB 6-0.

•  La Salle 5, Miami Country Day 3: Daniella Vidaurreta 3 goals. Dani Peña 2 goals, 3 assists.

•  Archimedean 8, Island Christian 3: Nina Victoria Torres 4 goals, 2 assists. Nikki Sismanidis 2 goals, 3 assists. Sacha Arthurs goal, assist. Allison Guevara-Franco goal. Diana Revilla 2 assists.

•  Ferguson 8, Sunset 0: Jessica Suarez 3 goals. Brianna Austin 2 goals, assist. Isa Jara goal, 3 assists. Natalie Valderruten goal. Jasmine Suarez assist.


•  Edison 46, Pace 36: EDI: Sherlene Hyppolite 23. Jaquala Brown 7. Moslene Lamour 2. Paula Destin 2. Ruth Raymond 12. PA: Wilson 12. Rodrique 9. Brown 5. Lewis 3. Ettiene 2. EDI 1-0.

•  La Salle 46, Mater Lakes 6: LS: Moya 7, 2 blocks. Alfaro 4. Cabezut 2. Tato 2. Echevarria 2, rebound. Lorenzo 13, 4 assists. Montoto 8. Cruz 4, 6 rebounds. Perez 4. ML: Del Rey 2. Aparicio 2. Barrios 2.

•  Carol City 48, Hialeah-Miami Lakes 13: CC: Gonzalez 3, 9 steals. K. Williams 12, 10 rebounds, 8 steals. Rivera 1, 6 steals. Beckham 14. Murphy 13, 6 assists, 7 rebounds. S. Williams 3, 17 rebounds, 6 blocks. Johnson 1, 5 rebounds. HML: Holmes 4. Hughes 2. Matamorus 4. Pinckney 2. Haynes 1.

•  Lourdes 88, North Miami Beach 21: LA: Jordan 20, 7 rebounds. Kunkel 15, 4 assists. Vidal 12. De Armas 12. Couto 7. Moralejo 7. Minervino 6, 4 steals. Sosa 5. Midolo 2. Cambronne 2. NMB: Lovius 6. La Fortune 5. St. German 4. Hodges 4. Grant 2.

•  Reagan 34, Springs 29: REA: Arroyave 3. Saied 2. Vidal 4. Montoya 8. Guerrero 14. Velez 3. SPR: Zapata 16. Jones 6. Padrino 1. Flowers 3. Harrell 3. REA 1-0. SPR 0-1.

•  Palmetto 62, Sunset 41: PAL: Penate 2. Martin 8. Miyazaki 9. Quartin 4. Pivik 8. Bistrong 12, 5 rebounds. Alonzo 3. Alford 6. Gross 7, assist. Barrial 3, 4 steals. SUN: Espinosa 26. Bennett 5. Perez 2. Gatewood 8.

•  Palmer Trinity 57, St. Brendan 38: SB: Martinez 15. Dominguez 2. Rodriguez 9. Falla 3. Bonet 4. Sabatier 2. PT: Gonzalez 2. Iglesias 2. James 17, 3 assists, 2 steals. Esco 3. Baiamonte 6. Hebb 14, 6 rebounds, assist. Solar 3. Waldman 11. PT 1-0. SB 0-1.

•  Booker T. Washington 44, Central 37: BTW: Miller 9. Leite 14, 6 assists. Bello 21, 6 steals. CEN: Walker 14. Chambers 1. Britt 9. Knowles 6. Jones 2. McNiel 1. Rose 4.

•  Ferguson 60, Coral Park 22: FER: Osceola 19, 8 rebounds. Gonzalez 19, 8 rebounds. Cham 2. Buitrago 2. Justiniano 2. Mendez 6. Reyes 3. Molina 3. Johnson 4, 4 rebounds. Lopez 6 rebounds. CP: Torres 2. Tapia 4. Rodriguez 3. Varela 5. Morales 2. Fernandez 6.

•  Coral Reef 69, Killian 27: CR: Alespeiti 12. Arabitg 9, 8 rebounds. CR 1-0. KIL 0-1.

Mater 42, Hialeah Gardens 40: MAT: Acosta 14. Angulo 11, 6 assists, 10 rebounds. Peña 5. Diaz 5. Dalmau 4. Sandoval 2, 3 steals. Hernandez 1. HG: Mosqueta 14. Hernandez 9. Herba 8. Fanuz 7. Cruz 2.

•  American 56, Jackson 17: AME: Mccloud 19. Jones 12, 3 assists. Griffin 10, 13 rebounds. Smith 5, 6 steals. David 5. Johnson 3. Jackson 2. JAC: Holt 5. Avant 4. Delarosa 4. Pasachal 2. Mitchell 2.

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