Holy Trinity volleyball tops West Shore to reach Class 4A regional finals


Holy Trinity's Sadie Girard (No. 3) and Dominique Rousseau (No. 15), shown here during a match against Viera, are a big reason why the Tigers are a win away from reaching the Class 4A state semifinals.


The Holy Trinity volleyball team is a win away from the Final Four.

The Tigers defeated West Shore 3-1 in a thriller over the weekend in the Class 4A, regional semifinals played at Holy Trinity. The scores were 25-10, 25-14, 17-25 and 25-18.

Holy Trinity (21-9) will travel to Ocala on Tuesday to face Trinity Catholic (24-5) with a trip to the state semifinals on the line.

The Tigers have won five matches in a row, including two victories against West Shore.

Holy Trinity lost to West Shore twice during the regular season, but came back to beat the Wildcats when it mattered most – in the district championship game and in the Class 4A regional semifinals.

Kendall Vaught had 11 kills, Emily Vaught had nine kills and two aces, and Sadie Girard added eight kills for the Tigers. Taya Britten led the team with three blocks. Domi Rousseau had a team-high 17 digs, followed by Megan Sweeney (14 digs) and Hailey Vice (10).

Vice also had two aces to go with 35 assists and did a great job of distributing the ball as Holy Trinity got at least four kills from every position.

Sweeney had a great day serving with three aces.

Holy Trinity’s offense was particularly effective in the middle with Britten and Girard both hitting .300 for the match.

The Tigers’ defense was quite effective, too, averaging 14 digs per set.

“The team came out with great energy right from the very first whistle,” Holy Trinity coach Pete Klonowski wrote in an email. “Our ball control was excellent and that allowed us to get into a good sideout rhythm early.

“We served aggressively and that created some issues for their passers.”