Having traveled to West Broward High School two years ago for a regional final and clinching their first trip to the state final four, the Ferguson volleyball team was hoping history would repeat itself Tuesday night.
And that’s exactly what happened as the Falcons rolled to a 25-17, 25-22, 25-19 straight set victory over the host Bobcats in a Region 4-8A final.
With the state having altered this year’s format with only championship games being played at a neutral site, Ferguson (28-2) is in the state semifinals but will travel north to play Jupiter in its gym on Saturday at 2 p.m. Jupiter rolled to a straight set win over Cypress Bay in its regional final.
“We had one word emblazoned across our T-shirts this year — FINISH,” said Ferguson coach Greg Shanower. “We needed to finish what we started and didn’t finish it last year. We made it to state two years ago and then got upset by Coral Reef on our way to getting back. We set six goals at the beginning of the year and now we’ve gotten five of them.”
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The last, of course, is a state title that eluded them in 2013.
If there was a turning point, it came in the second set when the Falcons, after cruising to an easy win in the first set, squandered a 16-12 lead and trailed 20-17. But they recovered and went on an 8-2 run to close out the set. They then went on a 10-0 run to break away from a 5-5 tie in the third and cruised home for the win.
“We’re all super excited and came out with a lot of energy and playing together tonight,” said senior captain Natalie Hoyos, who led the way for her team with six kills, 10 assists and one service ace. “Last year we lost to Coral Reef, so we didn’t want something like that to happen to us again. It was all about coming together for the seniors and for the whole team to get this.”
Said Shanower, “It’s kind of disheartening not going to a true final four. It’s something the girls look forward to, walking into a big arena for a big venue event and I actually haven’t even told them all year about the venue change. I didn’t want them to know because it was like, why tell them because it’s like finding out from your parents there’s no Santa Claus. I’ll tell them [Wednesday] morning.”
It was the third consecutive regional final loss for West Broward which finished 17-7. Samanta Arenas led the way for the Bobcats with 12 kills, 11 digs and five service points.
▪ Westland Hialeah 2, Booker T. Washington 1: Dayansy Hernandez 2 goals.
▪ Goleman 6, Jackson 0: Gaby Roldos 3 goals. Natalia Bentacourt 2 goals. Kallista Catdevila goal.
▪ Taravella 9, Plantation 0: Morgan Newman 4 goals. Alexis Boutchie goal. Brooke Boutchie goal. Alexa Flores goal. Jhanay Moore goal. Adrienne Lampley goal. TAR 3-1.
▪ Archbishop McCarthy 8, Somerset 0: Adrianna Cabeza 2 goals. Izzy d’Ayral 2 goals. Sofia Mallardi goal, assist. Gabby Webb goal, assist. Abby Ribas goal. Lauren McDonald goal. Devyn Encalada 3 assists. Celeste Talbot assist. Jaden Roberts assist. AM 3-0.
▪ University School 7, FAU 1: Aly Perez goal. Melissa Rabinowitz 3 goals. Dani Hahn goal. Camila Cardenas goal. Jessica Roman goal.
▪ North Broward Prep 8, Calvary Christian 0: Rachel Blow 4 goals, 3 assists. Morgan Sherman 4 goals, 3 assists. NBP 3-1-1.
▪ American Heritage Delray 2, Douglas 1: AHD: Tara Pak goal. Emily Perret goal. DOU: Brittany Berins goal. DOU 3-1.
▪ Late Monday — Posnack 6, Hebrew Academy 0:Sekoff 3 goals. Chussid 2 goals.Goetz goal. DP 2-1.
▪ Late Monday — Lourdes 6, Coral Gables 0: Silberman 2 goals, assist. Molina goal, 2 assists. Kuylenstrierna 2 assists. Puig shutout. LOU 1-0-0.
▪ Late Monday — South Dade 7, Varela 2:Jackson 2 goals. Tam goal, 2 assists. Rosas goal.
▪ Coral Glades 2, South Plantation 1: Andres Roldan (CG) goal. Mark Mesidod (CG) goal. Evan Joseph (SP) goal. CG 1-0. SP 0-1.
▪ Palmetto 2, Varela 0: Chris Correa goal. Anthony Saenz goal. Alex Salmon PK. PAL 1-0.
▪ Westminster Christian 2, Riviera 1: Jeremy Hewett (WC) goal. Renzo Brambilla (WC) goal. Tyler Persaud (WC) 2 assists. WC 1-0.
▪ Ferguson 3, South Dade 0: Robert Ore 2 goals. Holman Rios goal. David Grajales shutout. FER 2-0-0.
▪ Sunset 6, Central 2: SUN: Christian “Puti” Gutierrez 3 goals. Oscar Alva goal. Ruben Tuiran goal. Abniel Mas goal.
▪ University School 7, Hialeah Ed 1: Cory Roberts 2 goals. Gabriel Frydman 2 goals. Jaden Bullock goal, assist.
▪ Gulliver 8, St. Brendan 0: Lucas Masolo 3 goals. Roberto Itinerao 2 assists. Gabriel Mellor shutout. GP 1-0.
▪ Monarch 0, Douglas 0: Ryan Irwin (DOU) 2 saves, shutout. Lucas Neves (MON) 10 saves, shutout. MON 1-0-1. DOU 1-0-1.
▪ Westland Hialeah 8, Booker T. Washington 0: Gabriel Rezende DaSilva 2 goals. Cris Chirinos goal. Reibys Chinea shutout.
▪ Belen 9, TERRA 1: BEL (1-0-0): Frankie de la Camara 3 goals. Juan Pereira goal, assist. Anthony Castro goal. Javan Rice goal. Alex Parehk goal. Harrison stoker goal. Frank Castaño assist. Tavish Rice 3 assists. Rodrigo Madiedo 2 assists. Adrian Hernandez assist. TER (0-1-0): Matias Luna goal. Karim Debk assist.
▪ Pembroke Pines Charter 3, Pompano Beach 0: Chris Sanchez goal, assist. Michael Angel goal. Rodrigo Souberville goal. PPC 1-1.
▪ American Heritage Plantation 5, Coconut Creek 0: Justin Fray goal. Daniel Lombo goal. Benji Grossi goal. Khalil Winder goal. Nikita Maximov goal. Jonathan Goms shutout. AHP 1-0.
▪ Mater Academy 1, North Miami Beach 0: Ernesto De La Rosa goal. Javier Ventura shutout. MA 1-0.
▪ Killian 1, Coral Reef 0: Garvey Larrieux goal. Matthew Vega shutout. KIL 1-0.
▪ Homestead 5, Southridge 2: Daniel Cantu goal, assist. Ruben Dimas goal, assist. Luis Trejo goal. Jonathan Reyes goal. David-Georges Menzie goal. HOM 1-0-0.
▪ Jackson 6, Goleman 1: Pablo Medina 3 goals. Ernesto Castillo goal, assist. JAX 3-0.
▪ Doral Academy 3, Reagan 1.
▪ Late Monday — Palmer Trinity 5, Miami Community Charter 0: Mejias goal, assist. Jimenez goal. Montana goal, assist. Jonathan Ludwig goal, 2 assists. Robert Bistry goal, assist. PT 1-0.
▪ McKinney Preseason Tournament — Coral Gables 64, Coral Park 25: CG: Landsberg 18 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals. Grant 16 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists, 5 steals. Grant 6 points, 4 steals. Fay 4 points, 3 steals.Thurston 4 points. Hippolyte Wade 4 points, 5 rebounds. Luis 2 points, 5 steals. Luis 2 points, 4 rebounds. Curran 2 points, 4 blocks.Walton 2 points, 3 steals. Lamadriz 2 points, 7 rebounds. Landberg 3 three-pointers. CP: Torres 16 points.
▪ JDSF Pre Season Classic — Yeshiva 59, Chaminade Madonna 32: M Citron 19 points, M Citron 9 points, Harris 4 points, Fientuch point, Frank 9 points. Englander 8 points. Berkeley 9 points. CM: Evans 15 points. Franvisu 15 points. Weiss 2 points. HT: 30-12
Ferguson vs. Palmetto (Tropical), 4
Class 3A state championships at Howey-in-the-Hills
Region 4-7A final: Mourning at St. Thomas Aquinas, 5
Region 4-2A final: Divine Savior at Boca Raton Christian, 7
SWIMMING AND DIVING
Region 4-3A at Coral Springs Aquatic Center, 9 a.m.
State championship at Boardwalk Bowl in Orlando
Coral Gables at Braddock, 2
Miami Beach at Coral Park, 2
Booker T. Washington at Edison, 2
Lourdes Academy at Miami Senior, 2
Southwest at South Miami, 2
Hialeah at Hialeah Gardens, 2
I.S. Charter at SLAM, 3
Olympic Heights at Hebrew Academy, 3:30
Goleman at Miami Springs, 3:30
Mater Lakes at Mast Academy
American at Dr. Michael Krop, 4
Pace at Ransom-Everglades, 4
S. Florida HEAT at Hillel, 4:30
Mater Lakes at Mast Academy, 2
TERRA at Westland, 3
M. Community at Archbishop Coleman, 3:30
Ronald Reagan High at Belen, 3:30
Sunset at Mater Academy, 3:30
Hialeah at Hialeah Gardens, 4
Booker T. Washington at Miami Edison, 4
Miami Beach at Miami Coral Park, 4
Columbus at Miami High, 4
Coral Gables at G Holmes Braddock, 4
Southwest Miami at South Miami, 4
I.S. Charter at SLAM Charter, 4:30
North Miami Beach at Doral Academy, 6
American at Dr. Michael Krop, 6
Pace at Ransom-Everglades, 6