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REGIONAL VOLLEYBALL

Class 6A, Region 2

LOCAL QUARTERFINAL: Orlando Cypress Creek (12-7) at Durant (16-10).

OTHER REGIONAL OPPONENTS: Orlando Timber Creek, Sarasota Riverview, Royal Palm Beach, Boca Raton Olympic Heights, Boca Raton Spanish River, Stuart Martin County.

SETTING IT UP: This is a tough one. The Cougars have a pretty good shot against Cypress Creek, but their next opponent (probably Spanish River) could be a real doozy. And it only gets harder from there. Durant does have at least one thing going in its favor: home-court advantage if it wins the first round.

Class 5A, Region 2

LOCAL QUARTERFINALS: Brandon (15-10) at Gaither (14-1), Wharton (11-8) at Plant (22-5).

OTHER REGIONAL OPPONENTS: River Ridge, Lake Gibson, Lakeland, Mitchell.

SETTING IT UP: Coming out of a district final against Plant, Gaither might seem like a piece of cake to Brandon. That doesn't mean the Eagles will win _ Gaither is probably the best public school team behind Plant and Durant. Plant won't face too much trouble on the way to defending its past two state titles.

Class 4A, Region 3

LOCAL QUARTERFINALS: Winter Haven (7-12) at Armwood (13-2), Tampa Bay Tech (9-6) at Auburndale (18-8).

OTHER REGIONAL OPPONENTS: Clermont East Ridge, Wesley Chapel, Hudson, Central.

Setting it up: Armwood looked sharp against Tampa Bay Tech last Thursday and will likely come out strong against Winter Haven. The Titans will have their hands full with Auburndale, though. Bad news for the Hawks: If they win, their most probable opponent will be East Ridge.

Class 3A, Region 3

LOCAL QUARTERFINALS: Academy of the Holy Names (22-4) vs. Frostproof (15-4).

OTHER REGIONAL OPPONENTS: Fort Myers Bishop Verot, West Palm Beach Cardinal Newman, Arcadia DeSoto County, Sarasota Cardinal Mooney, Boca Raton Pope John Paul, Immokalee.

SETTING IT UP: After a thrilling district final victory against Cardinal Mooney, Academy has no qualms about returning there again, which it might. Then again, DeSoto County could beat Cardinal Mooney in the first round, sending the Jaguars to Arcadia (if, of course, Academy beats Frostproof). The Jaguars had better cross their fingers for the former.

Class 2A, Region 3

LOCAL QUARTERFINALS: Fort Myers Evangelical Christian (22-5) at Tampa Prep (18-8), Orlando First Academy (19-8) at Berkeley Prep (25-2).

OTHER REGIONAL OPPONENTS: Winter Park Trinity Prep, Lakeland Christian, Fort Myers Canterbury, Northside Christian.

SETTING IT UP: Locally, this region is as interesting as it gets, as is always the case when Tampa Prep and Berkeley Prep are in the same classification. Tampa Prep and Berkeley Prep don't want to get ahead of themselves, but they would very much like a fourth showdown of the season in the region final. The Bucs will host if they advance.

Class A, Region 2

LOCAL QUARTERFINALS: Cambridge (8-13) at Lakeland Sonrise Christian (21-1), Lakeland Evangel Christian at Bayshore Christian (25-2).

SETTING IT UP: Bayshore Christian has its eye on the state final four, though this will be a tough region to battle through. Still, the Faith Warriors will likely get past the first round and hosting the semifinals and/or the final will be a big help. Cambridge, meanwhile, will need lots of luck to stay alive.

_ Compiled by Emily Nipps.

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