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.
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.
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:
Class 5A-7A on Wednesday
Class 2A–4A on Thursday
All matches at 7 unless noted. There are quite a few district rematches.
No. 7 Academy at the Lakes at No. 2 Keswick Christian
No. 5 Naples Seacrest Country Day at No. 4 Tampa Bay HEAT
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
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
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
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
No. 7 Wharton at No. 2 Plant
No. 5 Steinbrenner at No. 4 Kissimmee Osceola