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Floresville Jaguars advance to regional quarterfinals

Floresville Jaguars advance to regional quarterfinals
Michaela Sinfuentes (5), Melanie Reed (9), and Kyndal Bippert (12) celebrate a point during their bi-district win over Brackenridge.

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November 9, 2011
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FLORESVILLE -- After finishing fourth in the district standings, the Floresville Jaguar volleyball team earned a trip to the playoffs and has taken full advantage of the opportunity. Last week, the Jags beat Brackenridge in the bi-district championship, and then went on to knock off Corpus Christi Tuloso-Midway in the area championship.

Floresville met Brackenridge Nov. 1 in San Antonio, and beat the Lady Eagles 25-19, 25-11, 23-25, and 25-21. Jamie Crowder led Floresville’s attack with a whopping 26 kills, followed by Melanie Reed with 7 kills, Jessica Castro with 6, Kyndal Bippert with 5, Brooke DeLeon with 4, and Michaela Sinfuentes with 3 kills. Sinfuentes led the team in assists with 40, and Castro, Reed, and Sonja Tweeten also pitched in. Floresville also had 3 aces.

Sam Flores tallied 25 digs during the match, followed by Castro with 19, and Bippert with another 16. Tweeten, Sinfuentes, and Samantha Sauceda combined for another 24. Melanie Reed and Crowder led the team in blocks.

With the win, the Jags advanced to the area championship, where they met up with the Tuloso-Midway Warriors. The match was closer, but the Jaguars once again came out on top, winning by the score of 25-21, 25-17, 24-26, and 25-21.

Crowder turned in another great performance with 24 kills, followed by Bippert with 20. Castro, Reed, DeLeon, Sinfuentes, and Sauceda added kills as well. Sinfuentes kept the ball moving well for Floresville and racked up an impressive 53 assists during the contest. She, Castro, Flores, and Tweeten also combined for 12 service aces.

Flores pulled up 28 digs on the night, Castro was close behind with 21, and Tweeten added another 13. Bippert, Sinfuentes, Sauceda, Reed, and Crowder also pitched in to the team total. Crowder made 3 blocks at the net, and Reed added another 2.

The win put Floresville at 25-15 on the year, and kept the Jags’ playoff run alive. Floresville was scheduled to play Corpus Christi Calallen in the regional quarterfinals Nov. 8, though results were not available as of press time. Should the Jags get past Calallen, it would mean a trip to the Region IV tournament, leaving them among the top four teams in the area, and the top 16 teams in the state.

For results and playoff information, visit www.wilsoncountynews.com.

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