Both matches at 2 p.m.
Rankings according to those released by FHSAA on Oct. 20
WHO: No. 7 Tampa Academy of the Holy Names (20-10) at No. 3 Santa Fe (20-9)
WHAT: Class 4A state semifinals
HOW THEY GOT HERE: Santa Fe def. Jacksonville Bishop Kenny 3-1 (25-19, 19-25, 25-16, 25-14) in Region 1 final, def. Panama City North Bay Haven 3-0 (25-17, 25-11, 25-21) in regional semifinals, def. Jacksonville Bolles 3-0 (25-18, 25-11, 25-15) in regional quarterfinals; Academy of the Holy Names def. Brooksville Nature Coast 3-1 (25-18, 25-17, 17-25, 25-14) in the Region 2 final, def. Tampa Catholic 3-2 (20-25, 29-27, 25-18, 23-25, 15-13) in the regional semifinals, def. Hudson 3-0 (25-14, 25-11, 25-19) in the regional quarterfinals.
WHAT’S NEXT: Winner will face the winner of other 4A state semifinal, No. 1 Lake Highland Prep (24-2) or No. 2 Miami St. Brendan (25-4), in the championship match at 11 a.m. at the Suncoast Credit Union Arena in Fort Myers on Nov. 16.
SERVICE POINTS: This is the first meeting between the host Raiders and Jaguars since 2017, at the Bishop Moore Swing for A Cure Tournament, won by AHN 2-0. Santa Fe won two prior meetings, both at Bishop Moore, in 2014 and 2013. Santa Fe is looking to advance to its second straight state final, doing it a year ago in 6A. Freshman Jalyn Stout had a great overall game in Tuesday’s regional final win over Bishop Kenny, with 20 kills, 12 digs, 21 assists, 2 blocks, 2 aces. Sophomore Rylie Tam had a team-high 21 kills with 3 aces and 1 block. Senior libero Ramey Marshall (14 digs) and senior setter Amelia MacCullum had 22 assists. The Jaguars, winners of six straight matches, nearly didn’t get out of the regional semifinals, winning a fifth set 15-13 in beating district rival Tampa Catholic. Junior Camryn McClendon has 207 kills and 66 blocks on the season, with eight of those blocks coming against Nature Coast. Freshman sister Camille McClendon has 192 kills. Junior setter Jenessa Bailey has 201 assists for season with 34 ace serves, and libero Olivia Mortellaro has 185 digs and 27 ace serves. AHN, which won state 2A titles in 1976 and 1977, before this season hadn’t advanced past the regional quarterfinals since 2014, in which it lost in 4A state semifinals to Pine Crest. P.K. Yonge, in which Eric Marshall was an assistant coach, swept Pine Crest in state final.
WHO: No. 4 Newberry (17-12) at No. 6 Branford (22-5)
WHAT: Class 1A state semifinals
HOW THEY GOT HERE: Newberry def. No. 8 Williston 3-0 (25-13, 25-10, 25-21) in Region 4 final, def. Crescent City 3-0 (25-9, 25-8, 25-7) in regional semifinals; Branford def. No. 1 Bell 3-1 (22-25, 27-25, 25-23, 25-20), def. Hilliard 3-0 (25-11, 25-17, 25-19).
WHAT’S NEXT: Winner will face the winner of other state semifinal, No. 2 Sneads or No. 5 Baker, in the championship match at 2:30 p.m. at the Suncoast Credit Union Arena in Fort Myers on Nov. 15.
SERVICE POINTS: The visiting Panthers, who had played in 5A the previous two seasons, returned to 1A this season and can match 2016 with a victory to reach the championship game. The host Buccaneers are making their first state appearance and a win would put them in the state final for the first time in school history as well. Branford pulled off the biggest upset of the tournament, knocking off No. 1 Bell. Branford has a pair of 290-kill front line hitters in senior Lachelle Sikes and junior Cera McElreath. Sikes also leads team in service aces (73) and blocks (21). McElreath has team-leading 277 digs, and junior setter Cara Cannon has team-high 320 assists. Junior Grace Oelrich leds Newberry with 237 kills and 48 blocks. The Panthers have three players - Lily Haugh, Sara Miller and Abby Pace - who have more than 50 ace serves. Pace, at libero, has 497 digs, and senior setter Rylee Coleman, a freshman on that 2016 team, has 508 assists. Since 2015, Newberry is 4-0 against Branford, with three by sweeps.