Melbourne Central Catholic’s volleyball team earned a hard-fought five-set win over Benjamin School to advance to the Class 3A regional finals on Tuesday night.
The Hustlers, 24-5 on the season, won the match 18-25, 25-18, 25-19, 18-25, 15-11.
“I thought, all season, we’ve struggled to start off quickly, and that really wasn’t much different,” coach Patrick Barrett said. “We did a really good job of maintaining our focus, I thought, and basically getting our middles into rhythm.”
Kiara Barrett led the attack with 39 assists and 19 digs while teammates Raquel Kulak and Alana Shoff each had 20 kills.
Holy Trinity’s season ended at the hands of last year’s Class 5A state champion Bishop Moore, falling 25-22, 25-17, 25-21.
“We had a really good year. We accomplished a lot getting to the second round of the state playoffs,” head coach Pete Klonowski said.
“Winning the district championship is always our goal.”
The Tigers finished 16-8. Claudia Poulos led the team with seven kills.
Merritt Island Christian’s season ended with a straight-sets loss to Pine School.
The Cougars fell 25-22, 25-23, 25-22.