2018 Flo50 Girls' High School Volleyball Rankings
Flower Mound Stuns Byron Nelson, Shakes Things Up
Two of the nation’s best girls volleyball teams have gotten it done in their quest to complete historically great seasons in their state, but a third has been upset.
The upset actually has the biggest impact on this week’s Flo50 national rankings. It came on Monday in the Class 6A state playoffs in Texas when season-long state rankings leader Byron Nelson of Trophy Club, Texas, was ousted by Flower Mound. It was a back-and-forth match that came down to several swings in a fifth set but Byron Nelson fell 18-25, 25-20, 25-22, 18-25, 15-13.
In this week’s rankings, Byron Nelson fell from No. 3 to No. 25 while Flower Mound certainly inserted itself as a contender for the state title and went in as this week’s highest newcomer at No. 36. Having six losses on its record is the only reason Flower Mound didn’t go up and in any higher.
Byron Nelson’s loss plus wins in state finals by previous No. 4 Yorktown (Indiana) and previous No. 5 Millennium (Arizona) ensures that three of the final top four spots in this year’s final rankings have been locked up.
Millennium played in its Class 5A state final on Wednesday night against Sunnyslope of Phoenix and won in straight sets 25-18, 25-18 and 25-19. The Tigers, whose only loss was to Marymount of Los Angeles (which now has nine losses on the season) at the Nike TOC, capped their season at 45-1 and won their first state title. Middle blocker Sedona Sherman (heading to the University of Pacific) was a force all night long while the leader in kills was Seattle Pacific-bound Ashley Antoniak with 11 kills. At 45-1, the lowest that Millennium will finish in the final rankings is No. 4.
Yorktown completed its season last Saturday with a 25-16, 25-22, 25-21 victory over previous Flo50 No. 28 Avon and earned the Class 4A state title. The Tigers were in Class 3A last season and became the first team in Indiana to win a state title in 4A in its first season after moving up from 3A. Head coach Stephanie Bloom’s girls also only lost one set during the entire season.
In the final match, Yorktown was led by Kenzie Knuckles with 14 kills, Tegan Seyring with 10 kills and Kate Vinson with 33 assists.
With a season like that, ending No. 1 in the nation could have followed for the Tigers. It’s just that Assumption of Louisville, Ky., already is in the clubhouse at 43-0 with a much stronger national schedule. Yorktown will finish No. 2 in the nation (at least in the Flo50) if California No. 1 Mater Dei of Santa Ana doesn’t win the CIF Open Division state title. If Mater Dei wins out, Yorktown would be No. 3.
Mater Dei won on Wednesday in the CIF Open Division playoffs over Long Beach Poly and meets Flo50 No. 12 Redondo of Redondo Beach in Saturday’s next round. The Monarchs also will need to win twice next week in order to earn a title they were denied in winning last year in the Open Division state final by Archbishop Mitty of San Jose.
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