Volleyball: Jupiter upsets Boca Raton in Class 6A girls regional quarterfinal
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
by Marcus Nelson
Jupiter didn't spoil Boca Raton's senior night last month, but the Warriors did ruin the Bobcats' home regional Tuesday.
Seventh-ranked Jupiter jumped in front early and upset No. 5 Boca Raton 25-19, 25-18, 16-25, 25-16 in a Class 6A regional quarterfinal.
"The fast start was really important," said Jupiter senior middle blocker Lauren Lindley, who had 15 kills. "We started strong and got the momentum early. We had no doubts coming into the match, and early in the match it felt like it would be our match."
Boca Raton defeated Jupiter late last month, but the Warriors got revenge Tuesday and advanced to Tuesday's regional semifinals. Jupiter will face the winner of tonight's match between Royal Palm Beach and Spanish River.
"Last time we played Boca, we weren't really on our game," Jupiter coach Blane Betz said. "We knew if we came here and could mesh as a team, we could play with them."
The Warriors (19-9) won the first two games easily before Boca Raton - the District 10-6A champion - rallied to win the third game and appeared to have stolen the momentum away from Jupiter, the District 9-6A runner-up.
"I was concerned when I saw our intensity," Boca Raton coach Amanda Angermeir said. "I thought we had a chance because we finally started playing our game, and I thought we could take that into the fourth game."
However, Jupiter jumped out to a 12-5 lead in the fourth game to end the Bobcats' threat.
"I told my girls, Boca was not going to just lay down on die and that we had to stop them," Betz said.
Jupiter sophomore middle blocker Jordan Fiser had nine blocks and junior setter Brittany Lear contributed 26 assists.
Boca Raton (29-7) was led by outside hitter Katie Chmielewski's 14 kills and eight digs and Kiara Colson, who had 12 kills.