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Ferguson volleyball coach Greg Shanower gets 300th win as team wins third GMAC title in row

Ferguson coach Greg Shanower is shown with his team after win No. 300 on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015.
Ferguson coach Greg Shanower is shown with his team after win No. 300 on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015. a1fernandez@miamiherald.com

Greg Shanower doesn’t keep track of his career record as a coach.

But his players and coaching staff apparently do.

Shanower, in his 10th season as the Ferguson girls’ volleyball coach, got a commemorative poster congratulating him on his 300th win Tuesday afternoon after the Falcons beat Palmetto in a GMAC quarterfinal.

“I really haven’t put the record in perspective because I’ve just been enjoying myself all these years,” Shanower said. “My assistant coach [Robyn Hertler] told me this match it would happen and I was like ‘Wow, really?’ When the girls gave me the banner it hit me. I’ve coached great groups of girls over the past 20 years and not a lot of coaches get to that point, so I feel blessed.”

A few hours later, Ferguson made the day a little sweeter for itself by beating Coral Reef 25-10, 25-5 to secure its third consecutive GMAC championship.

“Our girls did well and really wanted this one,” Shanower said. “One of our goals this year was to get this one.”

Shanower coached three seasons at Miami Springs prior to his stint at Ferguson. Before that, he coached at two schools and in college in his native Ohio.

During his time at Ferguson, he has led the Falcons to the state final four twice and to the second round of regionals in two other seasons.

His 2015 squad looked like a team capable of finishing among the state’s best Tuesday.

“We have really good chemistry on this team this year,” junior Michelle Cuervo said. “We’re used to playing several matches in a day. We play together and we’re not selfish on the court.”

Coral Reef (17-3), which beat TERRA and Krop in a couple of tough matches in the earlier rounds, had three starters out for the final due to illness. The Falcons dominated from start to finish going on several long scoring runs to finish the best-2-of-3 match quickly.

Cuervo, who won tournament MVP honors this past weekend after Ferguson won the Florida Christian Invitational, followed it up with three solid matches Tuesday. Against Coral Reef, Cuervo finished with seven kills and three aces.

Her sister, freshman setter Melanie Cuervo, had 16 assists and two aces. Gabriela Beverly totaled eight kills and two blocks and Natalie Hoyos finished with three kills.

Ferguson (23-2), whose only losses came in the Orlando Dr. Phillips/Edgewater Invitational where the Falcons finished third in the tournament’s Premier division, has played Coral Reef in the regional playoffs each of the past three seasons, with the Barracudas winning two of those encounters.

The two teams could meet again in the Class 8A regional semifinals.

“I think last year we had a bad game [against Coral Reef],” Cuervo said. “We’re a better unit on this team this year. I think we’ll show that we’re a stronger team this time around.”

More results – Semifinals: Ferguson d. Mourning; Coral Reef d. Krop; Quarterfinals: Ferguson d. Palmetto; Coral Reef d. TERRA; Mourning d. Carol City; Krop d. Reagan.

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