Volleyball: Fivay Falcon Classic

WHERE: Fivay and Hudson (Friday); Fivay (Saturday)

WHEN: Friday and Saturday

TEAMS: Pool A: Steinbrenner, Fivay, Wesley Chapel, Lecanto; Pool B: Mitchell, River Ridge, Wiregrass Ranch, Brooksville Hernando; Pool C: Hudson, Ridgewood, Land O’ Lakes, Brooksville Central; Pool D: Brooksville Nature Coast, Sunlake, Zephyrhills, Pasco.

SCHEDULE: Pools will play two matches Friday starting at 4:30 and a match Saturday morning at 9. Pools A and B will be played at Fivay and Pools C and D at Hudson. After Pool Play teams advance to bracket play Saturday. Teams will be ranked by their finish in pool play. First-place teams move on to the Gold Bracket, second-place teams to the Silver Bracket, third-place teams to the Bronze Bracket and fourth-place teams to the Copper Bracket.

NEED TO KNOW: Undefeated Nature Coast comes in as the top team and the Sharks have already topped Central, Hernando, Lecanto and Land O’ Lakes. … Mitchell was rolling early in the season, but hit a hiccup with injuries and dropped back-to-back matches to River Ridge and Hudson. … Hudson has lost two matches in Pasco County (Zephyrhills and Fivay), but also got a wealth of experience, and two more losses, during an Orlando Showcase earlier this month. … Host Fivay has already almost doubled its number of wins last season (3), with victories against Pasco, Hudson, Sunlake, Wesley Chapel and Weeki Wachee. … Zephyrhills is sitting pretty with one loss this season, that coming during a five-game match with Mitchell on Monday. … Ridgewood sits at 3-4 this season, but has also struggled to find depth. … River Ridge ha one loss, but also an impressive win over Mitchell last week. … Wesley Chapel has struggled to pick up wins, sitting at 2-5, but the Wildcats have also played Academy of the Holy Names, Tampa Catholic, Zephyrhills and Fivay. … Wiregrass Ranch has started the season well at 5-3, but two of the losses are to Hudson and Steinbrenner. … Sunlake has two wins to its seven losses, though has beaten Tarpon Springs and Pasco. … Land O’ Lakes is still searching for its first regular-season win, but did push matches with Zephyrhills and River Ridge to five games. … Pasco is also looking for its first win, but has only won a game in eight matches. … Steinbrenner comes in at 5-3, including taking a match against the always powerful Plant to five games.

Mike Camunas

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