The Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School volleyball team won its pool during but settled for fourth place during a weekend tournament in Chipley.
The Lady Tiger Sharks won their first two matches, sweeping Holmes County 25-21 and 25-15 as well as host Chipley 25-20 and 25-19 in the opening rounds.
That advanced Port St. Joe out of pool play and into the Gold bracket for the first time in years, said Coach Wayne Taylor.
The first opponent in the winner’s bracket was Freeport which won in three sets, 25-20, 17-25 and 9-15, pushing Port St. Joe into the consolation game.
The Lady Tiger Sharks faced Walton High and lost 17-25 and 19-25.
“I am very proud of the team’s performance,” Taylor said. “It’s the first time in the eight years I’ve been coaching here that we won the morning events and played in the winner’s or Gold bracket.
“The loss to Freeport took a lot of energy from the girls and then to have to play a match immediately after the conclusion of that match was just too much, physically, for them. All in all, though, a very successful day. It shows were headed in the right direction.”
Leading up to the Chipley tournament, Port St. Joe played South Walton and Bozeman.
Against South Walton, the Lady Tiger Shark junior varsity split the first two sets, 25-21 and 18-25, before winning the third 15-12 to clinch the match and improve to 4-1.
The varsity fell in four sets, 25-23, 12-25, 24-26 and 21-25.
Callie Freshren was once again perfect from the serving line with 16 of 16 serves and three aces. Addison Rice and Shannon Pridgeon each had four kills. Alyson Johnson had 28 serve receives and 12 digs.
The Lady Tiger Sharks hosted the Lady Bucs of Bozeman two days later. The varsity and junior varsity each earned straight-set victories.
The junior varsity won 25-5, 25-5 to improve to 5-1 while the varsity won 25-11, 25-13 and 25-8.
Bozeman had trouble handling the Port St. Joe serving, Taylor said.
The JV had 28 aces with Shaye McGuffin providing 14. The same was true for varsity which had 20 aces and a team total of 33 kills.
Fleshren had eight kills and Haley Wood had seven. Pridgeon had six aces and Stephanie Brinkmeier had five.
The Lady Tiger Sharks are now 7-4 overall and 1-1 in district play.