Lely volleyball team advances to regional semifinals

Lely High School


The Lely volleyball team barely broke a sweat in its Class 6A regional quarterfinal match with Dunedin, winning in three games.

The 25-13, 25-18, 25-9 rout sends the Trojans (16-7) into the semifinals, where they will host Tarpon Springs on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m.

Senior Morgan Broxson led a balanced attack with 12 assists. Amanda Stampfli had 14 assists, 6 digs and 7 kills, with Lindsey O'Dell contributing 5 kills and 5 aces. Also making key contributions were Colleen Ziegelmaier (3 aces, 10 kills, 6 digs), Giana Orlando (5 aces, 3 kills, 3 digs) and Theresa Keegan (7 digs, 4 aces).

"We played them last year, and they were kind of the same speed as last year, but they actually were a little better this year," Broxson said. "I was really happy with how we played tonight."

Broxson said Lely's strength lies in its setters and the Trojans' team camaraderie.

File: Morgan Broxson connects with the ball during last year's regional semifinal victory over Tarpon Springs.

"I think our setters are our biggest strength," she said. "We do have a great offense and our defense too is offense. It's just better because we're all best friends, so that's probably our biggest strength - that bond we have on the court together."

Lely's service game was really working at full strength Wednesday night, with the Trojans overpowering the Falcons at times.

"Sometimes we're a little up and down on serves, but we were really on our game tonight with the serves," Broxson said. 

First-year coach Alejandro Arconada said he wasn't really focusing on what Dunedin (7-13) was doing, feeling that as long as the Trojans played their game, they'd be fine.

"Obviously, we don't know our opponent but our job is to work at our speed," he said. "We were trying to work on our own game, but the it's (the playoffs) so there's a lot of stress, but the girls were working with the stress and not having it work against them."

Arconada said the Trojans' fast start was a big key to the victory Wednesday night.

"We started good, but we knew the next game would be much harder," he said. "I know our opponent had a lot of club players so we knew we needed to have our best game (in that second game)."

Broxson said the Trojans have been focusing all year on their main goal - making the state tournament.

"We just really wanted it tonight," Broxson said. "We know this is on the road to states, so if we passed this, then we go to the next mark, the game against Tarpon Springs. So, we really had our heads in the game this time and it was great."