The Lely volleyball team is traveling a course where they have been before.
This time though their goal is to get past the roadblock that has hit them for two years; Not winning a regional title to move onto the state semifinals.
The Lady Trojans have won two district championships the past two years, yet have lost in the regional finals.
On Tuesday, October 27, Lely downed Bradenton-Bayshore, 25-22, 25-15, 16-25, 25-21. They travel to Dunedin for a regional semifinal 5A match at 2 PM on Saturday, October 30. Dunedin, 5A-District 11 champ, downed Immokalee in four sets to advance.
Marco’s Katie Moss and Kaitlyn Ziegelmaier dominated. Many of Moss’s 15 kills were set up by Ziegelmaier. Moss added nine digs, seven blocks and an assist. Ziegelmaier recorded 38 assists, 13 digs, four kills, two service aces and two blocks.
Teammate Jessie Ricciardelli stepped up with 14 kills, 12 digs, one ace and one block.
“We are hungry and ready to go,” said first-year coach Chris Haire. She moved up from coaching the freshman squad last season.
She is not dwelling on the play of Dunedin.
“We need to focus on what we are doing,” she said. “We’ll check their stats, but it is more about focusing on our game and playing our best volleyball.”
While she has some standout players, that is not what Haire’s philosophy is about.
“Every person on the team has stepped up and has been fulfilling their role,” she said. “Everyone’s role is to make us better, on or off the court.”
Other team members include Mallory Bell, Aleia Kolodzgczk, Annie Palys, Emmanuelle Meurgue, Kalani Siler, Mishou Charelus, Samantha Baron, McKenna Lampos, Vanessa Torres, Morgan Broxson and Payge Sutton.