Newberry, Santa Fe, Vanguard reach state volleyball finals

The state championship round of high school volleyball will have a North Central Florida flavor as three area schools advanced to the finals in their respective classifications on Saturday.

In Class 1A, Newberry overcame a slow to start to knock off Branford in four sets of their state semifinal. The Buccaneers scored the first seven points of the match before the Panthers rallied for the opening set win, 25-19. Newberry dropped set two, 25-23 but then claimed the final two 25-10, 25-13. The Panthers will face Sneads in the state title match.

In Class 4A, Santa Fe made it back to back years reaching the state finals with a three-set sweep of the Academy of Holy Names. The Raiders edged the Jaguars in set one, 26-24 before pulling away in the next two sets, 25-17, 25-14. Lake Highland Prep awaits Santa Fe in the title match.

In Class 5A, Vanguard overcame a two sets to none deficit to knock off Barron Collier in five sets. The Knights, who won it all in Class 7A a year ago, will have a chance to claim back to back state titles. Ponte Vedra will be the opponent.

In Class 3A, Trinity Catholic had its bid for a championship repeat cut short by Cardinal Mooney in five sets. The Cougars outlasted the Celtics, 21-25, 25-17, 25-23, 24-26, 15-13.