Local roundup: Menendez volleyball sweeps St. Augustine

WILL.BROWN@STAUGUSTINE.COM Menendez defensive specialist Allison Melgard, left, prepares to set the ball Thursday against Fleming Island. Allison Ward looks on. Menendez lost the match in five sets, 23-25, 14-25, 25-20, 25-16, 23-21.



Menendez 3

St. Augustine 0

Menendez swept St. Augustine at the Yellow Jackets’ gym Thursday night. The Falcons’ 25-8, 25-16, 25-17 win was attributable to an efficient offense and a defense that was ready for almost every attack St. Augustine threw their way.

Menendez (13-4) produced 45 kills and only eight attacking errors to finish with a .416 hitting percentage. The visitors were led by Marley Banton’s 16 kills, another 14 from middle hitter Eden Edgell and nine more from senior outside hitter Emily Ward.

Menendez middle Kim O’Nell finished with a block but was more devastating from the service line. O’Nell had 17 service points, including 14 straight in the Game 1 as Menendez turned an 8-7 advantage into a rout.

“This was one of our most balanced performances, where multiple people stepped up phenomenally,” said Menendez coach Leah Nielsen.

Ashlyn Banton recorded 29 assists and a team-high 12 digs. Ward, who hit .412 on the night, narrowly missed a double-double, finishing with 10 digs.

For St. Augustine (10-7), there were not too many highlights beyond junior setter Madison Canova being recognized for her 1,000th career assist before the match. Canova finished with nine assists, seven digs and two aces. Alexandra Petrilli led the Yellow Jackets offense’ with eight kills.

“She has been a very strong setter over the last three years,” St. Augustine coach Hannah Richardson said of Canova. “This year, we had another strong setter move in, so we have even more versatility, and we can run a 6-2 or a 5-1. She has shown a lot of leadership and experience as a three-year starter.

Both teams will play in the St. Johns River Athletic Conference tournament on Saturday in Jacksonville at the Jacksonville Juniors Volleyball Association facility on the Southside. Fourth-seeded Menendez will face Middleburg at 10 a.m. Sixth-seeded St. Augustine will face Nease at 10 a.m. In other action, No. 1 seed Bartram Trail will play Orange Park at 9 a.m. and second-seeded Fleming Island will face Matanzas at 9 a.m.

Creekside 3

Oakleaf 1

Creekside picked up a District 4-8A win on the road Thursday night in Clay County courtesy of a 25-21, 25-21, 18-25, 25-21 win. Jaden McBride led Creekside with 25 digs and four aces. Jessie Lary produced nine kills for Creekside, while Callie Beyer added 18 assists. Creekside (4-17) will host Fernandina Beach at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Ponte Vedra 3

Clay 0

The Sharks won their fourth straight match and 51st in a row in district play with a comfortable 25-15, 26-24, 25-14 win over the Blue Devils. Gabby Keller led Ponte Vedra with 17 kills. Senior Savannah Fowler had a double-double with 37 assists, 13 digs and three aces. Sophia Ervanian led the Sharks with 24 digs. Ponte Vedra (13-3, 7-0) will close District 5-6A play at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Matanzas.

Game 1

Beacon of Hope 3

Cedar Creek 0

Game 2

Beacon of Hope 3

Cedar Creek 0

The Eagles produced a pair of 3-0 wins on Thursday night. The doubleheader was necessary because Hurricane Irma postponed the first match between the two schools. Beacon of Hope won the first match 25-13, 25-11, 25-15 behind Kayla Pinkney’s 14 aces. Beacon won the second match 25-17, 25-20, 25-19 as De’Aryl McDuffie produced three aces and three kills. For the night, Jayne Smith had four combined aces, Xy’Kera Bell had seven aces and a kill, Pinkney had 17 aces and 12 kills. Beacon of Hope (6-11) will face Cedar Creek for a third time in 72 hours on Saturday in the first round of the Florida Christian Athletic League tournament.


Menendez 151

Ridgeview 225

Jason Duff and Tristan Mihalich shared the medalist honors with a 1-under 35 to lead the Falcons to another victory. Hunter Boahn shot a 39 and Andrew Kirschman carded a 42. Austin Kittle carded Ridgeview’s lowest score with a 47.


Nease 167

Episcopal 220

The Panthers closed the regular season with a comfortable win on a soggy Thursday afternoon at the Palencia Golf Club. Senior Katherine Jakeway was the match medalist after shooting a 2-over 38. She was followed by Marissa Cardenas and Isabel Matos, both of whom shot a 6-over 42. Cassie Lustig was Nease’s final scorer with a 45. The Panthers ended the season with a 10-1-2 record in dual matches. Nease will compete in the District 6-2A tournament on Oct. 17 at the Palm Harbor Golf Club.

Late Wednesday

Nease 163

Matanzas 193

Nease had an opportunity to investigate the Palm Harbor Golf Club. Katherine Jakeway was the medalist with a 37. Freshman Laura Burton shot a 4-over 40, Marissa Cardenas shot 42 and Isabel Matos carded a 44.