Lely High School volleyball coach Daniel Selvey's birthday present came gift wrapped by his Trojans on Wednesday. They swept Cypress Lake in a Class 5A regional match-up at Lely.
Lely had a bit of a hiccup in the second set, but rallied to win and sweep Cypress Lake, 25-9, 27-25, 25-15.
The Trojans, Class 5A-District 14 champs, advanced to the quarterfinals, hosting Lemon Bay at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Lemon Bay disposed of Estero in three sets.
Lely played Cypress Lake two weeks ago and was taken to five sets before pulling out the victory.
"In that match we came out strong then seemed to lose energy," Selvey said. "We practiced hard and came out strong and maintained our energy tonight. We have a young team and lost focus in the second set, but came back. The team played very well."
Cypress Lake coach Haley Martin said, "We are a young team and Lely was right on with its game. We have only two seniors, playing mostly sophomores. That gives us a good feeling about next year."
The Trojans used kills, aces, blocks, tip shots and steady serving to easily take the first set. Samantha Howard led with four kills, two tips and a blocked shot. Navia Penrod provided an ace, block and kill in three successive plays, and Howard had a kill to finish off the first set.
However, where Lely was on top of its game in the first set, it wasn't in the second. The Trojans committed 13 unforced errors, but hung in. Cypress Lake scrambled from a 9-4 deficit to tie the set at 11-11. The set was tied three times, with Lely looking like it had taken control at 24-21, but Cypress Lake knotted the score at 24-24. Lely scored on Mary Giblin's kill, but then she had a service error on set point. Two winning volleys saved the set for Lely.
The Trojans got back in gear in the third set, taking a 9-2 lead early and coasting to a 25-15 win.
Gibler finished with 13 kills, 2 aces, 6 assists, 2 blocks and 10 digs. Howard had 7 kills, 2 aces and 2 blocks. Cassidy Penzo recorded 27 assists, 3 aces and 7 digs. Amanda Marinaro had 9 digs.
Freshman Jessie Ricciardelli had 5 kills, 2 blocks and a left-handed tip that helped close out the third set.
"Last year I watched, but this is really cool," she said. "I feel comfortable out there with my team and the left-handed tip was just a reaction."