Jaguars advance to regionals
FLORESVILLE -- There were high expectations for the Floresville Jaguar volleyball team heading into this season. Several key players were returning for Floresville, and the team was getting a new coach with a proven record who knows what it is like to play in the state tournament.
The Jags made a good run through district but stumbled with a couple of matches. As such, the team ended up sharing the district title, but entered the playoffs as the third seed, and had a bit harder fight on its hands.
Floresville started the playoff season with a bi-district matchup against Port Lavaca Calhoun. The Jags hardly skipped a beat, though, and picked up the win in three straight games. Sophomore Kristyn Coldewey continued to lead the way at the net, as she racked up 14 kills in the match. Sarina Thompson was close behind with 13, and Rebecca Jordan tallied 9 kills.
With the first-round win, the Jaguars advanced to the area championship where they took on Corpus Christi Flour Bluff. This match proved much more difficult for the Jaguars, but Floresville fought hard and made a dazzling comeback.
After losing the first game by the score of 25-21, Floresville kept things closer in the second but still came up a bit short and fell by the score of 25-23. Although it certainly wasn’t looking good for the Jaguars at that point, the team thundered back in the third game to a 25-15 victory. Floresville kept it going in the fourth game and pulled out a 25-22 victory, leaving Flour Bluff fans to wonder exactly what was happening. The two moved into a fifth and final game, and the Jags won the race to 15, securing the game and match win by the final of 15-7.
Coldewey was once again the team’s leading scorer with 20 kills, followed by Jordan with 13, and Thompson with 11. Micheala Sifuentes tallied 49 assists, while Thompson and Vanessa Rodriguez held down the defenses with 20 and 19 digs, respectively.
Floresville will now advance to the regional quarterfinals, where they will face Mission Veterans Memorial. As of press time, however, the date, time, and location were not yet determined. Whoever wins that match will advance to the Region IV tournament.
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Floresville def. Port Lavaca Calhoun, 25-17, 25-22, 25-14 (bi-district playoff).
Jaguars: Kills: Kristyn Coldewey-14, Sarina Thompson-13, Rebecca Jordan-9, Micheala Sifuentes-4, Brianna Dugi-3, JoLynn Castro-1. Assists: Sifuentes-37, Jewel Jimenez-1, Thompson-1, Jordan-1. Aces: Alexis Mandigo-3, Vanessa Rodriguez-2, Sifuentes-1, Jewel Jimenez-1, Gabriella Soria-1. Digs: Sifuentes-14, Jewel Jimenez-11, Thompson-11, Soria-10, Mandigo-9, Rodriguez-7, Castro-3, Jordan-3, Coldewey-1. Blocks: Dugi-3, Castro-3, Coldewey-2. Overall Record: 25-16.
Floresville def. Flour Bluff, 21-25, 23-25, 25-15, 25-22, 15-7 (area championship).
Jaguars: Kills: Kristyn Coldewey-20, Rebecca Jordan-13, Sarina Thompson-11, Brianna Dugi-6, Micheala Sifuentes-4, JoLynn Castro-4, Alexis Mandigo-1, Gabriella Soria-1. Assists: Sifuentes-49, Castro-4, Jewel jimenez-2, Dugi-1. Aces: Sifuentes-4. Digs: Thompson-20, Vanessa Rodriguez-19, Jewel jimenez-14, Soria-13, Sifuentes-11, Jordan-9, Mandigo-8, Dugi-5, Castro-2. Blocks: Coldewey-3, Thompson-2, Jordan-2, Dugi-1. Overall Record: 26-16.