The West Broward girls’ volleyball team came into the Region 4-8A quarterfinals looking to take care of business against visiting Hialeah Gardens.
“We work every day to take care of what we do on our side of the net, we don’t look too much at the others, and when we do that we usually find ourselves in a pretty good position to win,” said coach Corey Sarubbi after the host Bobcats defeated Hialeah Gardens 25-13, 25-22, 25-10 on Tuesday.
That attitude was reflected in the way the team played throughout the first set as West Broward dominated, led by Samantha Arenas, who came up with three of her 12 kills.
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Cyrani Butler was also instrumental in that first set as she ended up with four kills and three blocks.
The second set saw West Broward allow Hialeah Gardens to stay in the match. Despite the adversity, Julia Friedrich stepped up with four kills, three blocks, an assist and an ace.
Kasey Strauss orchestrated the Bobcats’ attack with 17 assists. Hialeah Gardens was led by sophomore Enaili Delgado, who had three digs, four kills and 13 assists.
The Bobcats advance to face Flanagan in the regional semifinals on Nov.4.
▪ Class 8A quarterfinal — Cypress Bay d. Coral Springs 25-7, 25-15, 25-10: Cassidy Fisher had 12 kills and Priscila Ertty had 21 assists as host Cypress Bay breezed by Coral Springs in straight sets.
The Lightning (24-3) never trailed in the match in defeating the Colts for the second time this season. Coral Springs closed its season at 13-10.
Cypress Bay advances to face the Douglas-Western winner in the round of 16.
“We haven’t peaked yet, but we’re getting there,” Lightning coach Jennifer Meyer said. “We still need to work on our coverage when our opponents block us.”
Ertty, who ended the match with a tip winner, and Antonia Baños (nine digs) provided solid play from the backcourt, while Fisher and Rachael Tomasiello (six kills) manned the front line.
▪ Class 4A quarterfinal — Pine Crest d. Boca St. Andrews 25-18, 25-13, 25-11: Kylie Bruder had 33 assists, five digs and three aces to lead Pine Crest over visiting Boca St. Andrews.
Pine Crest coach Albert Sturgeon heaped praise on Bruder, a sophomore setter, who was a ball hawk on the front line and appropriately had the ball come off of her hands for the winning point.
“She is the heart and soul of this team. She is our quarterback,” Sturgeon said as his team advances to the next round. “As our setter, she sets the tone for us on the court and she knows that she has to get to every ball.”
Bruder was happy with her team's performance, but she is not prepared to take winning for granted as she acknowledges that it gets tougher as you move on in regional play.
"I think that we can beat any team in the region, but we have to keep working hard and practice as hard as we play," Bruder said. "We showed tonight that we are a good team, but we are not really where we want to be as of yet."
Outside hitter Ariana Altieri led the Panthers with 10 kills and 11 digs. Middle blocker Briana Bruny added six kills and nine digs in the victory.
The Panthers (20-7) face the Pope John Paul II-Calvary Christian winner on Nov. 4 in the regional semifinals.