OKEECHOBEE — The Okeechobee High School Lady Brahman varsity volleyball team has advanced to the 5A regional quarterfinal.
The Lady Brahmans will travel to face the Archbishop Lady Mavericks in the regional quarterfinal on Oct. 21 at 7 p.m.
Last week on Oct. 15 the Lady Brahmans hosted the district championship at Okeechobee High School. They faced the Jensen Beach Lady Falcons, who are fresh off an appearance in the district championship last year.
Okeechobee finished the regular season with a 7-4 record. On Oct. 13, they defeated Port St. Lucie 3-0 in the semifinal for the chance to play in the district championship.
The Lady Brahmans faced Jensen Beach almost a month before the championship game. The Lady Falcons won that match 3-0, taking the first set 25-16, second set 25-18, and third set 25-13.
Jensen Beach sophomore Lindsay Walch did the most damage in that game, scoring 12 kills, followed by senior Naiya Sawtelle with 10. The nearest Lady Falcon to Walch and Sawtelle managed only four kills.
It was Walch again who did a lot of the damage during the championship. She had 13 kills against the Lady Brahmans, just behind junior Julia Thurlow who had 16.
The Lady Falcons took the first set 25-20 and second set 25-17. But Okeechobee came back to win the third set 25-15. Jensen Beach closed the game out, though, and secured the district championship by winning the fourth set 25-17.
It was the Lady Falcons last season who knocked off the Lady Brahmans in the district semifinals last season, something they’ve been able to do for two years in a row. In that game, despite each set being close, Okeechobee fell to Jensen Beach 3-0. Jensen won the first set 25-17, second set 25-23 and third set 25-13.
In the regional quarterfinal the Lady Brahmans will face a 7-2 Archbishop squad who just last year made it to the regional final.