Last season, host Keswick Christian rallied from a game down to defeat Canterbury 23-25, 25-15, 15-12 in the final of the Keswick Christian Invitational volleyball tournament. It was the first time this millennium the Crusaders won their own tournament. They'll try to defend their title against Canterbury and 14 other teams during this year's three-day tournament, which begins Thursday.
At a glance
28th annual Keswick Invitational Volleyball Tournament
Where: Keswick Christian High School
When: Thurs.-Fri.: Round-robin pool play; Sat.: Bracket playoffs
Championship match: Sat., 5:30 p.m.
Defending champion: Keswick Christian
Teams: Pool 1 – Keswick Christian, Dixie Hollins, Lakeside Christian, Shorecrest; Pool 2 – Admiral Farragut, Bayshore Christian, Boca Raton Christian, Largo; Pool 3 – Canterbury, Carrollwood Day School, Hernando Christian, St. Petersburg Catholic; Pool 4 – Calvary Christian, Lakeside Christian, St. Petersburg, Tarpon Springs
Format: Each team plays three round robin matches against teams from their pool. First-place teams in each pool advance to the Gold division bracket. Second-place teams play in the Silver division bracket. Third-place teams go the Bronze division bracket, and fourth-place teams play in the Green division bracket. All bracket playoff matches are played on Saturday.
Thursday: 3 – Bayshore vs. Admiral Farragut, Calvary Christian vs. Lakeside Christian; 4 – Dixie Hollins vs. Shorecrest, CDS vs. Canterbury; 5 – Admiral Farragut vs. Largo, St. Petersburg vs. Lakeside Christian; 6 – Keswick Christian vs. Dixie Hollins, SPC vs. Canterbury; 7 – Bayshore vs. Largo, Calvary Christian vs. St. Petersburg; 8 – Keswick Christian vs. Shorecrest, SPC vs. CDS.
Friday: 3 – Admiral Farragut vs. Boca Raton Christian, St. Petersburg vs. Tarpon Springs; 4 – Dixie Hollins vs. Lakeland Christian, Calvary Christian vs. Tarpon Springs; 5 – Largo vs. Boca Raton Christian, Canterbury vs. Hernando Christian; 6 – Shorecrest vs. Lakeland Christian, Lakeside Christian vs. Tarpon Springs; 7 – Bayshore vs. Boca Raton Christian, SPC vs. Hernando Christian; 8 – Keswick Christian vs. Lakeland Christian, CDS vs. Hernando Christian.
Saturday: Gold division – semifinals 3:15, finals 5:45; Silver division – semifinals 2, finals 4:30; Bronze division – semifinals 10:15 a.m., finals 12:45; Green division – semifinals 9 a.m., finals 11:30 a.m.