Did you know that Spruce Creek High School has a Boys Volleyball team? Probably not! Last night, the Spruce Creek Boys Volleyball team played a non-conference match last night against Lake Howell and won 3-1 (25-12, 23-25, 25-22, 25-12).
Spruce Creek also plays tonight (7pm) at home against Lake Mary.
Spruce Creek is the only high school in Volusia County that participates in Boys Varsity Volleyball, and their season lasts until the beginning of April.
Although college and high school volleyball seasons are over, Spring Club Volleyball Season is just beginning! This weekend, the Florida Winter Volleyball Festival will be played at the Daytona Beach Ocean Center. Most of the local volleyball clubs will be competing in various age groups: Power Volleyball (Lake Helen), Port Orange Volleyball, and DME (Daytona Beach).
Ages 12-18 will be playing Saturday, 1/12/2019 and Sunday, 1/13/2019. Plus, this is one of the few tournaments when you can watch both girls and boys teams play at the same venue.
The bracket is out! Florida State and Florida will play each other in the first round of the NCAA Division I Volleyball tournament in Orlando, FL. I’m guessing that UCF will host the first and second rounds of the NCAA tournament taking place on November 29-30 since they ended up in the top 16. If you want tickets, you may have to wait a day or two. When I checked the website at on Sunday evening, not all the venues were set up for purchasing tickets. Another game to watch is #13 UCF taking on FGCU in the first round (FGCU won their bid by winning the ASUN conference championship).
Last Saturday, the New Smyrna Barracudas lost a tough match against Vanguard in the FHSAA 7A State Semifinals. Both teams played excellent volleyball, but Vanguard clawed its way to a win and a chance to play in the State Finals. This was a 5-set nail-biter: 22-25, 25-23, 12-25, 25-20, 21-19. New Smyrna had a great season, and should be proud of what they accomplished this Fall!
This weekend, FHSAA volleyball state finals are being played in Fort Myers (1A through 9A divisions). To see the brackets and results, click here.
It was a great night for New Smyrna Beach Varsity Volleyball! The Barracudas took down Sunlake in 3 sets: 25-13, 26-24, 25-15. In the first set, NSB came out hot and raced to a 9-0 lead before Sunlake was able to get some points on the board. The second set was a back-and-forth match, but ultimately, New Smyrna came out on top. After that battle, Sunlake lost its momentum, and the Lady Barracudas never gave up the lead in the final set.
New Smyrna Beach is headed to the 7A FHSAA State Semifinals this Saturday (11/10 at 2pm), and this is another home match for New Smyrna Beach. Their opponent is Vanguard from Ocala. Vanguard has 25-4 overall record, and is ranked 24th in the state. New Smryna is ranked #39 in the state, but in the 7A FHSAA division rankings, New Smyrna is ranked #1, and Vanguard is ranked #2.
Saturday is a big game for The Barracudas, and it should be a good one!
New Smyrna Beach High School volleyball has a home match on Tuesday, November 6 at 7pm. They play Sunlake from Land O’Lakes. The Sunlake Seahawks are 24-3 on the season and are 6-1 on Away games. New Smyrna is currently ranked 39th in the state of Florida, and Sunlake is ranked 69th. Both teams have only lost 1 set in the regional playoffs.
Whoever wins will move on to the State Semifinals. This is a home match for the New Smyrna Varsity girls, so be sure to go cheer them on to Florida’s 7A Final Four!
While high school volleyball playoffs are coming to a close, college and university volleyball teams have a couple of weeks of conference play before moving into their playoff season. Here’s an update on all our local colleges and universities:
Bethune-Cookman University volleyball
The Lady Wildcats are 13-15 overall for the season, but they are 5-3 in the MEAC conference. BCU volleyball has two more away games: South Carolina State University on Friday, 11/9, and Savannah State University on Sunday, 11/11. The MEAC conference tournament starts the weekend of November 16th.
Daytona State University volleyball
Daytona State finished the season with an overall record of 20-8. Although they had a strong overall record, they did not make it through the NJCAA tournament.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University volleyball
ERAU has two more scheduled conference games: Lynn University on Friday, 11/9, and #23 Barry University on Saturday, 11/10. The Eagles are 18-10 for the season, and have a 9-9 conference record. Sunshine State Conference tournament starts the weekend of November 15th.
Stetson University volleyball
Stetson volleyball is currently on a 3-game winning streak. They are 15-10 overall, and 7-6 in the ASUN conference. Stetson has 3 more games before the regular season ends: New Jersey Institute of Technology (Away game) on Sunday (11/4), Florida Gulf Coast (Home game) on Tuesday (11/6 at 6pm), and Liberty (Home game) on Thursday (11/6 at 6pm). The ASUN conference championship starts on Thursday, 11/15.
Florida State University volleyball
The FSU volleyball team is clawing its way to the top of the ACC standings. Currently tied for second with Louisville, the Lady Noles have five games left for the regular season. Two key games for the Noles are Louisville and Pitt. Tomorrow, FSU will take on the Cardinals on Sunday (11/4) in Louisville. Then, in a couple of weeks, FSU will host Pitt (currently first in the ACC and ranked #10 in the AVCA coaches poll) on Friday (11/16).
University of Florida volleyball
The Gators have been struggling of late due to their key player, Thayer Hall being injured and out of the starting line up. They recently lost to the #12-ranked Kentucky Wildcats. But despite these losses, they are still second in the SEC with a 10-2 record. Tomorrow, Florida takes on Arkansas at home on Sunday (11/4). A key game for the Gators is an away game against Tennessee who is currently sitting in third in the SEC. This match-up will take place on Wednesday, November 21st.
7A Regional Semifinals
New Smyrna Beach advances to the Regional Finals! They won in 4 sets: 25-15, 14-25, 25-21, 25-11. New Smyrna Beach will play their next match on Tuesday, 11/6.
9A Regional Semifinals
Spruce Creek battled against the #1-ranked team in the state and #17-ranked team in the nation: Oviedo. Ultimately, Oviedo came out on top in 4 sets: 25-18, 25-17, 23-25, 25-14. It was an incredible season for the Lady Hawks who ended up with 25 wins and 4 losses for 2018.
On Tuesday, 10/30, Volusia County has two high school teams playing away games in the Florida Regional Semifinals. Both teams have a chance to move forward in the playoffs and make it to their state class Regional Finals.
New Smyrna versus Lake Gibson (Lakeland) – 7A FHSAA Girls Volleyball
Tonight, the New Smyrna ladies travel to Lakeland to take on Lake Gibson. Lake Gibson finished first in District 6 and are ranked 91st in the state. New Smyrna is ranked 51st in the state and has an impressive 26 wins and 3 losses for the season. Winner of this match goes on to 7A Regional Finals.
Spruce Creek versus Oviedo (Longwood) – 9A FHSAA Girls Volleyball
The second match takes place in Oviedo. This match could easily be the 9A State Finals. #7-ranked Spruce Creek travels to Longwood to take on #1-ranked Oviedo. Spruce Creek has 25 wins and 3 losses, and Oviedo has a similar record with 24 wins and 4 losses. Winner will move on to the 9A Regional Finals.
7A FHSAA Girls Volleyball
New Smyrna Beach High School won their Regional Quarterfinal match against South Lake. The Barracudas won in 3 sets: 25-18, 25-15, 25-10. Their next match is on Tuesday, 10/30 against Lake Gibson.
Father Lopez lost a close 5-set match against Lake Gibson: 25-13, 25-22, 20-25, 21-25, 9-15.
9A FHSAA Girls Volleyball
DeLand lost their match against the #1 ranked team in the state: Oveido: 9-25, 15-25, 17-25.
Spruce Creek will get their opportunity to play Oveido next. The Lady Hawks won their match against a tough Lyman team: 22-25, 25-17, 25-21, 25-19. The Regional Semifinal match will take place on Tuesday, 10/30.