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Seminoles conclude volleyball seasons

Florida’s girls high school volleyball season wrapped up in Orlando Nov. 13-14 as eight teams were crowned state champions. Here’s a recap on Seminole players’ seasons.

Shae Pierce, Burgundy Pierce

Hollywood Christian

For the second consecutive year, the Hollywood Christian School volleyball team reached the state playoffs. Hollywood Reservation sisters Shae and Burgundy Pierce helped the squad to a 16-10 record.

Shae, a junior, was the team’s leader in digs and kills throughout the season. Burgundy, an eighth-grader, notched more than 50 service aces.

Early in the season, Shae and Burgundy combined to lead Hollywood Christian past Dade Christian in four sets. Shae had 15 kills, 10 digs and 6 assists, while Burgundy contributed 7 digs, 5 kills, 5 assists, 2 blocks and 5 aces.

Hollywood Christian finished runner-up in Class 2A-District 14 before being eliminated in the state regional quarterfinals Oct. 28 by Boca Raton Christian.

Ahnie Jumper

American Heritage

American Heritage School’s volleyball season ended during its district tournament in October, but coach Lori Rembe was already thinking about next year. Heritage’s 12-6 mark, one of their best records, came from a roster loaded with juniors, including the Tribe’s Ahnie Jumper.

“As far as the record … this was the best season we have had in several years,” Rembe wrote in an email response to The Tribune. “Each season we get a little bit stronger and lot more competitive as we go. It will be exciting to see what they can accomplish as seniors.”

Ahnie, of Big Cypress, was one of the team’s two primary setters. Rembe said Ahnie finished second on the team in assists with 166 and delivered 14 kills, 18 aces, 58 service points and 59 digs.

Ahnie registered a season-high 31 assists in a five-set win against Somerset Academy in September.

Heritage’s season ended with a 3-0 loss to Pompano Beach in the Class 5A-District 16 semifinals.

Odessa King, Cheyenne Nunez

Okeechobee

The Okeechobee High School volleyball season ended Oct. 21 with a 3-0 loss to South Fork in the Class 6A-District 13 playoffs.

Okeechobee, which includes Brighton’s Cheyenne Nunez and Odessa King, and former Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School standout Raeley Matthews, ended its regular season on a high note by winning the Bulldog Dig Pink Tournament in Stuart.

The Brahmans captured the crown thanks to victories against Port St. Lucie, Key West, Fort Pierce Central and South Fork.

In the district playoffs, second-seeded Okeechobee cruised past Bayside in the quarterfinals, but the Brahmans were upset by South Fork in the semifinals.

Okeechobee finished with an 18-3 record.

 

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Kevin Johnson
Kevin Johnson is senior editor. He has worked for The Seminole Tribune since 2014. He was previously an editor, photographer and reporter for newspapers in Southwest Florida and Connecticut. Contact Kevin at kevinjohnson@semtribe.com.
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