SIDELINES: Freshman Keri Petro killing it for Matanzas volleyball team

Seabreeze and Mainland each won their first match of the season.

Matanzas freshman volleyball player Keri Petro serves in a preseason tournament on Aug. 17. Photo by Brent Woronoff
Matanzas freshman volleyball player Keri Petro serves in a preseason tournament on Aug. 17. Photo by Brent Woronoff
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Freshman Keri Petro led the Matanzas volleyball team in kills in both of the Pirates' victories last week. Petro had eight kills in the Pirates' 2-1 win over Seabreeze on Aug. 29 and 14 in their 3-1 win against Atlantic on Aug. 31.

Matanzas improved to 4-1 on the season heading into its home match against Spruce Creek on Tuesday, Sept. 5. Petro leads the team with 41 kills and 12 serving aces.

Seabreeze's Mollie Martin had 14 kills against the Pirates. The Sandcrabs (1-2) bounced back from the loss with a 3-0 win at St. Augustine Menendez on Aug. 31. The Sandcrabs won the third set 26-24 to sweep the Falcons. Six Seabreeze players combined for 17 kills in the match. The Sandcrabs are scheduled to host University on Sept. 5.

Mainland (1-2) also won its first match of the season on Aug. 31. The Bucs defeated Deltona 3-1. Janiyah Giddens had eight kills, Jaelynn Brown had eight digs and five aces and Sophia Martindale had 23 assists and four aces for the Bucs.

Gazzoli 9th at DeLand Invitational

Matanzas placed third in the varsity girls division at the DeLand Invitational cross country meet on Sept. 2 at the Sperling Sports Complex. The Pirates placed sixth in the boys race. Father Lopez finished 10th in both races.

Lopez's Matthew Gazzoli of Ormond Beach finished ninth overall in the boys race with a 5-kilometer time of 17:09.9. Matanzas' Blaine Vogel was 17th in 17:43.3.

Sierra Howard led the Matanzas girls with a time of 21:11.7 for 12th place. Lopez's Anna Nugent (21:23.3) was 14th. Matanzas' Nina Rodriguez (21:37.3) was 17th.

Former Seabreeze runner Mackenzie Roy won the girls race in 18:36.5. Arianna Roy (19:00.5) was third. The twin sisters transferred to Spruce Creek.

Seabreeze competed in the Horse Park Invitational in Ocala. Hunter Shuler led the Sandcrabs with a time of 16:58.5 to place 50th in the boys varsity race. 

Email Associate Editor Brent Woronoff at [email protected]


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