FAMU volleyball rally falls short

FAMU volleyball rally falls short

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FAMU volleyball rally falls short

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The FAMU DRS volleyball team rallied but fell short Wednesday night to Peniel Baptist Academy in five sets (27-25, 25-23, 23-25, 14-25, 15-10), eliminating the Rattlers from the Class 2A state volleyball tournament and ending their season.

“They gave me 100 percent,” FAMU coach Chervon Screen said. “I asked them just to give me 100 percent, leave it on the court, and that’s exactly what they did.”

Facing elimination after dropping the first two sets, the Rattlers rallied from a 22-19 deficit in the third. FAMU went on a 6-1 run and junior outside hitter RayGene Garner recorded the set-winning kill to force a fourth set.

Garner would finish the match with 29 assists and 15 kills.

The Rattlers dominated the fourth set, opening with a 6-1 run before cruising to a 25-14 win.

“I thought we were gonna get out of here in three,” Peniel Baptist coach Terry Goodwin said. “But the FAMU girls just would not quit.”

The Warriors, whose school is located in Palatka, opened the fifth set with a 6-0 run. FAMU responded with a streak of its own, working the score to 6-5.

The two teams traded points until Peniel pulled away, scoring the final three points for a 15-10 win that ensured the Rattlers would not advance past the regional quarterfinals.

“The match tonight, it was hard,” FAMU senior outside hitter Adrienne Harmon said. “We could have played a lot better. I’m happy that we made it this far and we made district champs. I was really proud of that.”

“I’m so proud of them,” added Screen. “I’m looking forward to next year.”

FHSAA Golf Finals

Florida High senior golfer Henry Westmoreland shot a 3-over-par 74 in the second round of the Class 1A FHSAA Finals on Wednesday and finished tied for 12th.

Westmoreland shot a 71-74 – 145 in the two-day tourney in Tavares, nine strokes behind medalist Kerry Sweeney of Melbourne Holy Trinity.

Florida High, making its first team appearance in the FHSAA Finals, placed 15th out of 16 teams.

Brian Bowman shot a 82-85-167 for the Seminoles.

In the girls competition, Teresa Conroy of John Paul II shot consecutive rounds of 75 to place 17th. Kolby McWilliams of Maclay shot consecutive rounds of 82.

John Paul II placed 13th out of 16 teams.

Grace Murray shot a 90-92-182 for the Panthers.

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