Prep roundup: Raiders improve, but Rams still better
Once again, Interlachen High School’s volleyball team prevailed. This time, though, Crescent City High School volleyball coach Ashley Jones saw improvement in her young Raiders.
The Rams received 14 kills, 14 service points, 10 being aces, 10 digs and a block from Kirby Mason to guide the host Rams to an 18-25, 25-19, 25-9, 26-24 victory over the Raiders to improve to 6-4 for the season.
Alyssa Livingstone added seven kills, nine digs and five points, two for aces, while Savannah Walker handed out 25 assists and put up 11 service points, two being aces, and Sierra Loder had 14 digs and eight points, four for aces. The Rams delivered 25 service aces in the win.
For the Raiders (1-8), Savannah Lepanto put up 10 assists and four aces, while delivering five kills and a block. Jordan Williams had two kills and two aces, Aniya Hardy added five kills, a block and three aces, Jordan Brady put down four kills, Cora Jones had four kills and two blocks and Lizbeth Espinoza scrapped for 26 digs and added five kills.
And the performance of her team gave Jones hope going forward.
“They played really well as a team,” the first-year mentor said. “They’re beginning to trust one another more as a team. They accomplished a lot in this match. They had more confidence.”
The Raiders will participate in a four-game invitational at Bell High School tonight and Saturday. They will face Williston High and the host Bell Bulldogs tonight, then Trenton High at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, then a team to be determined at either 2 p.m. or 4 p.m.
n While Interlachen put up 25 aces in its match with Crescent City, host Peniel Baptist Academy delivered 37 aces in a 25-11, 25-9, 25-5 District 2-2A thrashing of Jacksonville Seacoast Christian at Jenkins Middle School.
Dylana Lynn had 15 service points, nine for aces, and four assists, while Lexi White added 14 points, six for aces and Kristen Flateau added 11 points, 10 for aces. Rylee Romay, Alexis Wallace and Summer Langston each put up six points, four for aces with Romay and Langston adding two kills each for the Warriors (4-5 overall, 4-3 in district).
n Palatka reached 19 personal records on Thursday but fell way short of victory against visiting St. Augustine. The scores were 93-66 for the boys and 112-52 for the girls.
“Again, we really need more bodies in the water. More speed would help, also,” said PHS coach Josh White. “But we did achieve 19 PR’s in this meet. I wanted 30.”
The boys team got first-place points from Robert Grace (100-yard freestyle, 56.56 seconds), Josh Batteiger (100 backstroke, 1:06.03) and the 200 free relay team of Grace, Josh Bradley, Riley Parsons and Brady Echols (1:46.33).
Batteiger (200 free, 2:14.44, Parsons (100 back, 1:06.09), Bradley Lafferty (50 free, 27.52 and 500 free, 6:19.33) and David Hund (100 butterfly, 1:14.78) all finished second. Two relays teams were second as well – Parsons, Grace, Batteiger and Thomas Trembly in the 200 medley (1:55.37) and Parsons, Hund, Lafferty and Grace in the 400 free (4:17.34).
The only winner for the girls’ team was Mackenzie Tillis, who edged teammate Addison Kirby in the 50 free, 28.88 seconds to 29.06. Lily Tallerico was second in the 500 free at 6:44.75.
The Panthers had three second-place relays. Tillis, Kirby, Tallerico and Alexis Lee swam the 200 medley in 2:17.34. Tillis, Tallerico, Kirby and Logan Gill completed the 200 free in 2:04.54. Tillis, Kirby, Kaitlyn Grace and Gracie Prince finished the 400 free in 4:42.06.