Bartram Trail, Mandarin goes up after a big week
JACKSONVILLE, Florida – The News4Jax Super 6 high school volleyball poll will be released every Thursday during the regular season. The records are until the matches of September 22.
4Jax Super 6
Rank, School, Record, Classification
1. (1) Ponte Vedra (11-0, class 6A)
Notable victories: Bartram Trail, Episcopal, Florida High, Middleburg, Ridgeview, St. Pius X Catholic, Santa Fe, Steinbrenner, Tampa Plant.
Why they are here: The Sharks haven’t played since defeating Ridgeview on September 14. Their next clash is on Saturday in a pair of heavyweight showdowns. First, Ponte Vedra faces Santa Fe, a team they beat 2-1 in the Nike tournament earlier this month. Next is a 10-2 team from Merritt Island. The Sharks are ranked third in the country by MaxPreps and first in Florida. Santa Fe is fourth in the state; Merritt Island is 77th.
2. (3) Mandarin (15-1, class 7A)
Notable victories: Bartram Trail, Creekside, Fernandina Beach, Fletcher (twice), Master’s Academy, Ridgeview, Yulee.
Why they are here: The JJVA River City Classic was good for Mustangs. Mandarin went 3-1 from the field, beating Fernandina Beach, Master’s Academy and Tallahassee Lincoln. He dropped his first game of the season against a strong side from Tallahassee Chiles. They returned to the regular season this week and swept aside Creekside. Ellie Jackson (168 killed) and Alani Salas Garcia (106 kills) leads to the net. Taylor boyd (211 assists) and Grace Hollis (201 assists) lead the attack very well. Libero Mia Watson, Boyd and Jackson all reached milestones in the victory over Creekside, with Boyd hitting 500 career digs, Watson surpassing 600 career assists and Jackson eclipsing 600 career wins.
3. (6) Bartram trail (8-4, class 7A)
Notable victories: Bishop Kenny, Creekside, Episcopal, Fletcher, Northside, Georgia, Sneads, Thomasville, Georgia.
Why they are here: Excellent work week for the Bears. They beat a 17-4 Thomasville and a 19-8 Northside (both from Georgia) and a 9-7 Sneads all in sweeps. They lost a 2-0 game to a strong Gulf Breeze team, but came back strong this week to sweep former No.2 Bishop Kenny. They’ll try to sweep Creekside in the regular season on Tuesday. The Bears now have two players with triple-digit wins this season, Jenna otts (149 killed) and Lauren Marien (128 killed). Lainie Stapleton dominates the block team (25). Sydney Lewis (140 excavations) and Morgan langley (124 recoveries) punctuate the defense. Annie dill (320 assists) added nearly 100 assists to his total over the past week.
4. (2) Bishop Kenny (9-5, Class 4A)
Notable victories: Bolles, Fernandina Beach, Providence, Yulee.
Why they are here: The Crusaders have gone 1-1 since our last Super 6, a 3-0 from Middleburg and a sweep to the hands of Bartram Trail, a somewhat surprising result. But not a lot of reason to drop the Crusaders too far in the Super 6. Allison cavanaugh (153 killed) and Bailey chin (138 kills, 104 digs) continue to propel Kenny to the net. Tina Nika (245 excavations) and Alexis menton (425 assists) lead in these categories.
5. (4) Providence (14-4, Class 3A)
Notable victories: Aiken (SC), Christ’s Church, Episcopal, Fernandina Beach, Gray Collegiate (SC), Satellite, Trinity Christian, Yulee.
Why they are here: A 4-2 week for the Stallions. They swept through Fernandina Beach, Fleming Island, Satellite and Covenant. They lost to Keystone Heights and Tallahassee Lincoln. Robinson repass (186 eliminations, 35 blocks) is approaching the 200 elimination mark. Kayla burmeister leads the team in the service of aces (38) and approaches 200 assists. Josie brooks (137) and Kamryn croft (110) gives the Stallions three players with triple-digit wins this season. Lexi patania (137 excavations) and Emilie Colling (268 assists) add to the strength of this team.
6. (NR) Creekside (10-3, class 7A)
Notable victories: Bishop Snyder, East River, Gainesville, Mainland, Providence, Ridgeview.
Why they are here: It was a tough decision this week, with obvious flaws for every serious contender for last Super 6 spot. I went for the Knights, who had won eight in a row until a loss to Mandarin No.1 2 Tuesday evening. They had solid Ws on East River, Gainesville and Mandarin to wrap up the JJVA tournament. Izzy Necklace leads a balanced Creekside team at the net (95 kills, 35 blocks). Tyler Patterson (256 assists, 31 aces) and Vivi Vasquez (198 excavations) lead the way in these three categories. The Knights take the lead this week over – in that order – Trinity Christian, Episcopal, Ridgeview and a pair of hot Nassau County teams (Fernandina Beach and Yulee).
Christian trinity (9-4, Class 3A).
On the bubble
Bolles (7-3, class 4A); The Church of Christ (8-4, class 2A); Creekside (10-3, class 7A); Episcopal (9-4, class 3A); Fernandina Beach (7-6, class 4A); Fletcher (6-5, class 6A); Keystone heights (9-6, class 3A); Middleburg (8-5, class 5A); Nease (10-4, class 6A); Ridgeview (9-5, class 5A); St. Johns Campaign Day (8-2, class 2A); Academic Christian (9-4, class 2A); Yulee (9-7, class 4A).
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