Tigers overpower McKeel Academy to open regionals

Emily Noe’s 37 assists, Emily Tobkes’ 13 kills pace Holy Trinity offense


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Holy Trinity's Emily Noe (No. 1) and Emily Vaught put up the block against Lakeland's McKeel Academy during Tuesday nights Class 5A regional quarterfinals. The Tigers won 3-0.

VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala

If you brought popcorn to this one, you better have eaten it fast.

The Holy Trinity volleyball team made quick work of Lakeland’s McKeel Academy in the Class 5A regional quarterfinals Tuesday night in Melbourne, winning by scores of 25-10, 25-13 and 25-16.

The Tigers (15-4) will hit the road for Friday’s regional semifinal against Lake Placid, which defeated Astronaut in straight sets in their opening-round playoff match.

Junior Emily Tobkes had a big night for the Tigers, collecting a team-high 13 kills to go with 11 digs and two aces.

Emily Vaught had eight kills and Lara Boos had two blocks and a team-high three aces.

Sadie Girard’s 13 digs led the team while Kayla Burge had two aces and Kendall Vaught added one block.

Holy Trinity coach Pete Klonowski said there are some things the Tigers need to clean up before Friday’s match, but overall he believes his team is playing its best volleyball at the right time of year.

“I like a lot of the things we’re doing,” Klonowski said. “Our ball control is getting better (as is) our defense. We’re generating a lot of swings offensively. I’m happy with that. I think we’re in a good place right now.”

Klonowski was also pleased with the way the Tigers served Tuesday night, creating a number of problems on the McKeel side of the net and leading to easy opportunities for the Holy Trinity offense.

Of course, it also helps when you have a setter like Emily Noe, who had a huge night for the Tigers with 37 assists, nine digs, a block and two aces.

“I think Emily Noe is running a really effective offense for us,” Klonowski said. “It’s easy to forget she’s only a freshman. She does such a good job running a complex offensive system.

“I was really happy. I thought she had a really good game.”