Lely plays at Jensen Beach on Saturday Trojans sweep Lemon Bay; advances to regional final

Lely plays at Jensen Beach on Saturday

Lely's Christy Thorstenson, left, waits for line judge to allow her substitution for Jessica Simon in the Lady Trojans sweep of Lemon Bay in a Region 5 semifinal at Lely.  Both girls are from Marco Island.

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Lely's Christy Thorstenson, left, waits for line judge to allow her substitution for Jessica Simon in the Lady Trojans sweep of Lemon Bay in a Region 5 semifinal at Lely. Both girls are from Marco Island.

Roger LaLonde/Staff 
 Lely's Kaelyn Mahoney makes a save in sending the volleyball over the net in the Lady Trojans sweep over Lemon Bay in a Class 5A Region semifinal at Lely on Tuesday night. Lely advances to the Region 5A final at Jensen Beach on the East Coast at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

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Roger LaLonde/Staff Lely's Kaelyn Mahoney makes a save in sending the volleyball over the net in the Lady Trojans sweep over Lemon Bay in a Class 5A Region semifinal at Lely on Tuesday night. Lely advances to the Region 5A final at Jensen Beach on the East Coast at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

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Lely's Samantha Howard reaches back to make one of her 11 kills shots in the Lady Trojans sweep of Lemon Bay in a 5A Region semifinal at Lely on Tuesday night.

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Roger LaLonde/Staff (4) Lely's Samantha Howard reaches back to make one of her 11 kills shots in the Lady Trojans sweep of Lemon Bay in a 5A Region semifinal at Lely on Tuesday night.

Lely's Mary Gibler keeps the final volley going for the winning point that gave the Lady Trojans a three-set sweep over Lemon Bay in a 5A Region semifinal at Lely on Tuesday night.

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Lely's Mary Gibler keeps the final volley going for the winning point that gave the Lady Trojans a three-set sweep over Lemon Bay in a 5A Region semifinal at Lely on Tuesday night.

Lely's Jessie Ricciardelli and Cassidy Penzo (11) team up to block Lemon Bay's Caitlin Montgomery's kill shot as the Lady Trojans swept Lemon Bay.

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Lely's Jessie Ricciardelli and Cassidy Penzo (11) team up to block Lemon Bay's Caitlin Montgomery's kill shot as the Lady Trojans swept Lemon Bay.

The Lely volleyball team punched its ticket to its first regional final in school history when it swept Lemon Bay in three sets at Lely on Tuesday night.

The first game didn't look like it would be a cakewalk as both teams played power ball, with Lely slipping away for a 25-22 win.

The next two sets were a cakewalk, with Lely winning 25-9, 25-16.

The Lady Trojans will travel to Jensen Beach on the East Coast for the Class 5A Region title game at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Jensen Beach is 23-5 on season.

"This is really cool for such a young team," coach Daniel Selvey said of the significant win. "We started one senior, two freshman, three sophomores and a junior."

Once it got past an exciting first game, Lely, 16-12, took over.

"We adjusted to their power hitters, we served well, cut down on side outs, just played scrappy," Selvey said.

Lemon Bay coach Dave Rohrer said his team was outplayed.

"After the first game we couldn't handle their serve and we didn't get our hitters the ball enough," he said. "We recorded no aces and they outserved us."

Senior Mary Gibler, who has played all four years on varsity, was again one of the leaders. She recorded 12 kills, five aces, ten digs and two blocks.

Like a year ago, Lely has put it all together at the end of the season.

"We had so much to work on, so many adjustments, we are now working together," Gibler said.

Gibler, who was the Naples Daily News Volleyball Player of the Year in 2011, underwent shoulder surgery in May and did not hit a volleyball until late August.

"I changed my motion, not reaching back as far when I hit," she said. "I'm keeping the ball more in front of me."

In the first set there were five lead changes, with the largest lead being three points for Lely. The set was tied at 21 when Gibler slammed a kill shot, served two aces and Christy Thorstenson scored the set point on a tip shot.

In the second set Samantha Howard and Gibler led the Lady Trojans. The game was only tied once, at 3. Lely then scored nine straight points, taking a comfortable lead and closing out the set on a Gibler tip.

In the final set Lemon Bay was in it early, but the overall play of the Lady Trojans resulted in an efficient 25-16 win.

For the night, Howard had 11 kills on just 14 tries, two aces and two blocks. Cassidy Penzo recorded 27 assists and two aces. Thorstenson had six kills and 18 digs.

For Lemon Bay, Devyn Main had 10 kills, Alannah Keisling added seven kills and Delane Costello contributed 16 digs.

Jensen Beach High School is about 190 miles on the East Coast. Take I-75 south to I-595 East; exit on onto FL-869 North/Sawgrass Expressway; take Exit 21B for Florida's Turnpike North; merge onto FL-91 North, Florida's Turnpike; take exit 133 toward FL-714/Stuart; merge onto SW Martin Downs Boulevard to FL-714 East/SW Monterey Road; left onto FL-76 East/Kanner Highway; left onto U.S. 1 North; right on NW Britt Road; at traffic circle take third exit onto NW Goldenrod Road; Jensen Beach School will be on the right at 2875 NW Goldenrod.

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