Storm lacrosse takes district three-peat; volleyball also defends
It’s on to the regional playoffs for the Celebration boys and girls tennis teams and girls lacrosse team after they put some more hardware in the Storm trophy case.
Boys tennis defended its District 4A-5 title Tuesday at Florida Southern College in dominant fashion, winning all five singles finals and No. 1 doubles.
No. 1 seed Alex Moutran has already qualified individually for state, and will take partner Emilio Perez to play doubles, as they’ve qualified as well.
Junior Angel Partidas and freshman Alekzael Cruz and Carlos De Gouveia won the No. 3 through 5 brackets.
The Storm girls team, like last year, ended up in a tiebreaker Wednesday morning against George Jenkins, but unlike last year, they won it, and they’ll join the boys in hosting a Region 2 quarterfinal on Tuesday at 3 p.m. (The FHSAA had not posted the opponents by Thursday afternoon, check aroundosceola.com for updates).
The girls go into battle with freshman Paola Di Domaso at No. 1 and seniors Maria Fregonezi, Beatriz Coelho and Manuela Vasconcelos.
STORM LACROSSE TAKES THE THREE-PEAT: Celebration won another District 13 lacrosse title in dominant fashion, taking an early lead Wednesday over All Saints, a newcomer to the championship, and won, 14-6, at Lakeland’s Bryant Stadium.
The Storm (14-2) will travel to the winner of District 14 on Thursday at 7 p.m. Last year the opponent was Tampa Newsome. Celebration is still looking for its first regional playoff lacrosse win.
Wednesday, the Storm jumped on an All Saints team that played Celebration close (9-7) in the regular season. The Storm scored twice less than two minutes in, took a 5-2 lead into the half and then made it 8-2 over a stretch of less than a minute.
Zoie Zelmanski led Celebration with five goals.
VOLLEYBALL PLAYING FOR KEEPS: Celebration’s boys volleyball team, which advanced all the way to the single-class state championship game last year, traveled to All Saints Thursday to defend their District 3 championship against Tampa HEAT, a team that beat the Storm in the regular season.
And the Storm (23-2) took care of business, winning a 25-22, 25-23, 25-20 match that sounded closer than it was, Coach Pedro Davila said.
"We knew that if we took care of what we do and stayed within our game plan that it wouldn't be any harder than the semifinal game (Venice, on Tuesday)," he said. "We produced and we executed."
Celebration took care of Venice in Tuesday’s district semifinal at home, overcoming a slow start to win, 18-25, 25-18, 25-21, 25-17.