OCALA — Newsome can thank senior Lauren Zellmer for making the plays when they counted in Tuesday's 25-21, 14-25, 25-22, 25-21 win over Ocala Forest in the Class 5A quarterfinals.
Zellmer had four kills during a match-closing 7-2 run in Game 4 and also had the game-closing kill in the previous game, as the Wolves earned their first region playoff win in three tries.
"She's been doing that all season," said Newsome first-year coach Kate Correa. "When she's on, she's on."
Zellmer led Newsome (15-7) with 12 kills, while Brooke Allen and Hillary Byrd had 10 each.
"They were tall in the middle and that was tough for us to handle," Forest coach Paula Batsel said. "We made some adjustments (with team kills leader Claire Kent out) and had some players in spots they hadn't played before and the girls played as hard as they could and never quit."
Zellmer's kill late in the opener started a game-closing 6-2 run, which helped give her team the early edge.
After Forest (16-11) rallied thanks to a 13-1 run to close Game 2, the Wolves jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the next game and led by as many as 10 points.
From there the Wildcats got as close as 24-22, but Zellmer drilled another kill then made the plays down the stretch in the finale for her team.
"I'm really proud of the girls," Correa said. "We've got a tenacious team and they never gave up."