A look at this week’s high school regional quarterfinal matches. All at 7 p.m. unless indicated.
Fletcher (17-10) at Winter Springs (20-7): Senators have been one of the best Gateway programs consistently, but haven’t won a playoff game since 2004. Hitter Madison Sox and setter Gracie Thurson have led the Senators.
Clay (21-6) at Bishop Kenny (25-2): Another good opening matchup. The Crusaders have an assembly line of hitters, with Molly Burkhardt, Breana Edwards, Denvyr Tyler-Palmer and Nadine Williams all at 100 kills or better. The Blue Devils are led by OH and Flagler College commit Taja Valmyr (311 kills).
Stanton (18-8) at Ponte Vedra (26-1): The Sharks have proven themselves as the area’s top team. Five hitters — Abbey Barnhard, Amy Benton, Adelaina Dirito, Sophia Erhard and Jenn Hayes — are over 100 kills, and setter Corinne Quiggle just pledged to Florida State for its sand volleyball program. The Blue Devils are making their eighth playoff appearance and still seeking their first win.
University Christian (14-8) at Gainesville St. Francis (24-3): The Christians get a brutal opponent in their first playoff appearance since 2005. MB-OH Kyra Ross (173 kills) and Avery Wasdin (103 kills) power UC against the Wolves, whose losses have come to the state’s heavy hitters: Berkeley Prep, Bishop Kenny and Lake Highland Prep.
St. Johns Country Day (13-8) at Providence (17-10): Very good opener featuring Stallions MB-OH Jamie Wienckowski (Palm Beach Atlantic commit) and Spartans sophomore MB Madison Dill (373 kills). St. Johns is looking for its first playoff win since 2006, which came against Providence. OH Liesa Sprungmann (253 kills) and L Nikki Pritchard (472 digs) give the Stallions a power trio. Setter Alley Lindner (482 assists) and OH Kerry Ann Spencer (159) digs provide the passing and defense for St. Johns.
Sandalwood (17-8) at Lake Mary (22-6): The Saints go on the road in search of their first postseason victory since 1984. Setter Sienna Parocha and middle Lexus Spears power Sandalwood. The Rams were a state semifinalist a season ago so the Saints will have their work cut out for them.
Pensacola Washington (13-8) at Middleburg (17-10): The Broncos cruised through their district and into the playoffs for the first time since 2008. They’ve got an attack that can come from anyplace. MB Jahyra Brown has a team-best 145 kills, but there’s not much separation between Brown and OH Jordan Bemis (fifth with 119 kills) in production.
Bartram Trail (19-7) at Wolfson (21-5): The Wolfpack were the only Gateway team to win a district title, and make their first playoff appearance since 2005. The Bears, a state semifinalist a year ago, are a difficult draw. MB Sarah Ragland, a Palm Beach Atlantic commit who has 356 kills, powers the Bears.
Englewood (13-10) at Nease (21-4): The Panthers have their most talented squad since 2009’s team went 27-3. Nease’s most dominant players all season have been junior OH Olivia Fallon, and seniors Maddie Stowe at MB and OH Kelly Costeira. The Rams are back in the playoffs for the first time since 1997. Hitter Mirsada Osmanovic (189 kills) has been Englewood’s top offensive threat.
Yulee (11-13) at Bolles (13-14): The Bulldogs have been money in playoff openers (25-2). Sophomore MB-OH Brittney Rayfield (265 kills) and freshman OH Desiree Scott (230 kills) are the most productive 1-2 combo among playoff programs. The Hornets are making their second playoff appearance and seeking their first win.
Episcopal (15-12) at Fernandina Beach (14-13): A win by the Eagles and Bolles would set up the fifth match of the season between the two. Eagles freshman Riley Coonan (302 kills) has been one of the most active hitters in the area. Expect a battle. Episcopal has won both meetings this season in matches that have gone the distance.
Quincy Munroe (8-16) at Christ’s Church (16-5), 6p.m.: The Eagles have won eight of their last nine matches. Middle Hannah Downing, outside Hunter Stratton and setter Kristen Castleman will try and guide Christ’s Church to its first playoff win.