PSJ volleyball win tournament pool play

Published: Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 08:40 AM.

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.”

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