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Calvary Christian, Holy Names nab top seeds in region volleyball tournament

The Tampa Bay area will be well represented, although a few teams are left out under the new rankings system.

Volleyball region brackets were released Sunday afternoon. District tournament champions were already assured one of the top four seeds in their eight-team region. But unlike seasons past, a district runnerup was not guaranteed a spot under the Florida High School Athletic Association’s new rankings system.

Largo and Palm Harbor University were victims of the new system. The Packers (13-11) lost to St. Petersburg in the Class 6A, District 6 tournament final but did not get a region bid. PHU (13-13) beat district top seed Steinbrenner in the Class 7A, District 7 semifinals but did not advance while Steinbrenner and Wharton, which also lost in the semis, did. There were several other area teams that did not make a district final but still earned region berths.

Related: RELATED: Palm Harbor University upsets top-seeded Steinbrenner

East Lake lost to Wiregrass Ranch in the Class 6A, District 5 semifinals but is a No. 7 seed and will play at No. 2 Fort Myers. Northside Christian lost a five-setter to Clearwater Central Catholic in the Class 3A, District 6 semifinals but is a No. 8 seed in the regional and will play at No. 1 Calvary Christian.

Related: RELATED: St. Petersburg makes it four straight over Largo

Carrollwood Day lost in the Class 3A, District 5 semifinals but is a No. 7 seed at will play at No. 2 Sarasota Cardinal Mooney. Weeki Wachee lost to Hudson in the Class 4A, District 6 semifinals, but the Hornets are still a No. 7 seed and will play at No. 2 Nature Coast. Tarpon Springs was also a semifinal loser but got a No. 6 seed and will play at No. 3 LaBelle.

In Class 5A, Springstead and Clearwater both lost in the semifinals but advanced.

Only Calvary Christian in 3A and Academy of the Holy Names in Class 4A are No. 1 seeds in their regions.

Here is a look at this week’s opening-round matches:

Region brackets

Class 5A-7A on Wednesday

Class 2A–4A on Thursday

All matches at 7 unless noted. There are quite a few district rematches.

Class 2A

No. 7 Academy at the Lakes at No. 2 Keswick Christian

No. 5 Naples Seacrest Country Day at No. 4 Tampa Bay HEAT

Class 3A

No. 8 Northside Christian at No. 1 Calvary Christian

No. 6 Berkeley Prep at No. 3 Bishop McLaughlin

No. 5 Clearwater Central Catholic at No. 4 Community School of Naples

No. 7 Carrollwood Day at No. 2 Sarasota Cardinal Mooney

Class 4A

No. 8 Hudson at No. 1 Academy of the Holy Names

No. 5 Tampa Catholic at No. 4 Citrus

No. 6 Tarpon Springs at No. 3 LaBelle

No. 7 Weeki Wachee at No. 2 Nature Coast

Class 5A

No. 5 Land O’Lakes at No. 4 Robinson

No. 8 Clearwater at No. 1 Port Charlotte

No. 6 Fivay at No. 3 Lecanto

No. 7 Springstead at No. 2 Osceola

Class 6A

No. 6 Lakeland George Jenkins at No. 3 Bloomingdale

No. 5 Viera at No. 4 Strawberry Crest

No. 6 Sunlake at No. 3 St. Petersburg

No. 5 Manatee at No. 4 Wiregrass Ranch

No. 7 East Lake at No. 2 Fort Myers

Class 7A

No. 7 Wharton at No. 2 Plant

No. 5 Steinbrenner at No. 4 Kissimmee Osceola