The Southwest Florida Christian Academy volleyball team ran into a Community School of Naples squad that had too many weapons Tuesday night.
And so the District 3A-10 champion Seahawks were able to easily dispatch the Kings in three sets, 26-24, 25-13, and 25-20 in a 3A region quarterfinal victory at Community School.
The Seahawks (17-7) will now play in the region semifinal against either First Baptist Academy or Evangelical Christian School at 2 p.m. Saturday.
SFCA coach J.D. Malone was impressed by Community afterward.
“They play well in almost every area,” Malone said of Community School. “Their twins (Gabrielle and Camberly Moriconi) are really big hitters. They also have great setters. They can beat you in so many ways.”
The Kings threatened in the first and third sets. The second was a lopsided Seahawk victory. Despite losing all three sets, SFCA remained focused on winning, according to Malone.
“These girls are not only talented physically, but they are tough mentally,” Malone said. “They know how to stay in a fight. And they fought tonight. We have four freshman that start, so we’re pretty young, though.”
Senior Ally Frith led the Kings (19-8) with 11 kills and two aces. Kortney Curtis had 18 assists and Jenna Griffin had six. Olivia Jensen had 16 serve receptions and Lauren Long had 15.
The Seahawks got off to a 4-1 lead in the first set before the Kings got back in it. It was tied late at 24-24 before CSN won with Shannon Vroman delivering the last two points from the service line.
The second set was a blowout as Community scored 10 of the first 13 points.
The last set was a little closer, as the Kings trailed 4-3 early on. But then CSN regrouped with a run, and after smashing kills by Gabrielle Moriconi and Vroman, the Seahawks led 10-4.
SFCA then got two service points each by Abby Ferrell and Long to cut it to 11-8. The Kings kept it as close as 17-13 later on, but then the Seahawk service and front line play put it away.
Tuesday’s game concluded a hectic season for Malone, who was thrown into the deep end right away, having started the job as coach in August.
“It was hard, going right into coaching the team late,” Malone said. “We think our young players will only improve, once we get in a full off-season and a full season of club volleyball. We are looking forward to having players that make a difference.”