Girls volleyball three-peat district champions


photo by Michael Gibson

The girls volleyball team holds the district championship trophy. The team defeated Harmony 3-0 to earn it.

Michael Gibson, Sports editor

The girl’s volleyball team added another win to their 14-2 record with a 3-0 victory over Harmony on Friday, Oct. 20 to capture their third consecutive district title. The team finished the regular season 9-0 in district play and has yet to lose a game since Oviedo on Thursday, Sept. 21.

“It feels amazing,” head coach Juanita Hitt said. “Especially since I was out for a major part of the year, these girls have worked really hard to get here.”

The first match started out with the team up 9-7, until hitters Morgan Romano and Leandra Mangual sent a barrage of kills to the other team and extended the lead to 21-12. From there on the team was led by hitter Sydney Conley who scored the match winning kill. The team won the first match 25-13.

Then,the team looked to gain a huge second match win to put pressure on Harmony. The team accomplished that as Mangual had four of her 10 kills and led the team to a 25-17 win. The match score was now 2-0 and the they were one match away from winning their third straight district title.

“We have the talent but we need to work on keeping our composure as a team,” Hitt said. “When it comes down to the last five points we need to stay together.”

The team started out strong to begin the third match, gaining an early 12-5 lead off of a block from middle Audrey Douglas and a kill from hitter Cierra Gibson. Harmony then went on a late 15-10 run and narrowed the lead to 22-20. As the end of the match neared, Mangual had another two kills and the team was able to come together and win the third and final match 25-21.

Douglas and Mangual led the team in kills, each had 10, while setter Corina Dos Santos had 21 assists and 11 digs. The team will continue their season in the regional quarterfinals on Tuesday, Oct. 24 in the competition gym.

“It is definitely a dream come true,” Mangual said. “[Dos Santos], [Romano] and I were all freshman when we won the first title, so the fact that I can do it all again with my best friends is amazing.”