Boca Raton sweeps Jupiter in volleyball regional semifinal
Tuesday, November 06, 2012
by Joseph Kairalla
Boca Raton laid claim to the title of the area's best team with a 25-10, 25-20, 25-18 sweep of rival Jupiter in a Class 8A girls volleyball regional semifinal Tuesday night.
With the victory, Boca Raton (28-1) advances to Saturday's regional final against Davie-Western.
"We knew how important this game was," Bobcat coach Amanda Angermeier said. "We couldn't have had a better week of practice. We were extremely focused and we came out and played great tonight."
Boca Raton dominated from the outset against a Jupiter team that had played very well of late. After taking an early 7-5 lead in the first set, the Bobcats won 16 of the next 17 points before easily putting it away.
The next two sets were much more competitive, but the outcome was still the same. Whenever the Warriors (24-4) would make a run, the Bobcats would fight right back and win big point after big point.
"These girls have played in a lot of big matches over the last few years and I think that experience really played in our favor," Angermeier said.
The most experienced of the Bobcats, Ruth Harrington, had another big night. The senior notched 15 kills and 12 digs and eclipsed the 1,000-kill mark for her career.
"It's what I expect from her," Angermeier said. "She's a very special talent."
Libby Vilmar added 40 assists and Cassidy Hughes contributed 13 service points.
Jupiter, coming off dominant wins over Wellington and Park Vista, lost for the third time this season against Boca.
"We picked a bad night to not play well," Jupiter coach Blane Betz said. "I think we struggled with the mental aspect of the game tonight and couldn't get over that hump against a very good team."
Julia Booke led the Warriors with seven kills and Sophia Servideo added 24 assists and five digs.