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Lady Broncos volleyball gets wake up call

By Randy Lefko Sports Editor
Posted 9/7/22

ST. JOHNS - Middleburg High volleyball got a quick wakeup call to the high stakes of just being Middleburg and playing a schedule designed by 30-plus year coach Carrie Prewitt as the Lady Broncos …

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Lady Broncos volleyball gets wake up call


ST. JOHNS - Middleburg High volleyball got a quick wakeup call to the high stakes of just being Middleburg and playing a schedule designed by 30-plus year coach Carrie Prewitt as the Lady Broncos opened with a scintillating 3-2 loss to unbeaten Creekside High a week ago, then challenged, first, long time state Final Four nemesis Jensen Beach and others of the same caliber at a Tournament of Champions in Tampa.

“Our team is relatively young and the Creekside team came at us with some high caliber play,” said Prewitt, who has announced earlier that this will be her final season as coach for Middleburg with long time assistant and former player Meredith Forkum to take over. “Against Creekside, they showed some tendencies on some of the plays that caught us off guard and maybe, with a few more games under our belt, the kids may have reacted differently and understand the cues of plays that are coming over the net. Experienced eyes would have seen some their scoring moves and better reacted, but overall, one of the best opening games for us.”

Versus Creekside, it was sophomore hitter Connor Rahn who hammered against the Lady Knights powerful front line with massive hits in the final 15-point overtime. Rahn has already amassed 78 kills for the season with Brooke Forkum sitting at 49 for a strong duo at the net for Prewitt. Madelyn Kelley and sophomore Olivia Callipo had strong games against Creekside.

“The hitters will only get better as games continue,” said Prewitt. “I was pleased that they continued to play hard and not back down. This was a very loud environment much like region playoff games. Tampa will be against even higher caliber teams.”

In Tampa, Middleburg opened with unbeaten (10-0, 5A region finalist) Jensen Beach, a 2-0 loss, then hit (8-1) Gainesville for a second 2-0 loss before stretching two wins over West Orange (2-0) and West Boca Raton (2-1). A final day loss, 2-1, to Dr. Phillips of Orlando (6-4) and (6-3) Marvin Ridge (2-0) put the Broncos season record at 2-5 with a home game Thurs., Sept. 8 against powerhouse Spruce Creek (1-1).

At St. Johns Country Day School, coach Traci Livingston, still unbeaten at 5-0, achieved her 500th victory with wins over Clay High and Bishop Snyder getting her the milestone win.

Fleming Island 0-4

Lost 3-0 to New Smyrna Beach

Lost 3-2 to Mandarin

Tues. Aug. 30 at Ridgeview Lost 3-0

Thurs., Sept. 1 at Fletcher Lost 3-1

Tues. Sept. 6 vs. Bartram Trail

Wed., Sept. 7 at Orange Park

Tues., Sept. 13 at Ponte Vedra

Thurs., Sept. 15 vs. Ridgeview

Fri., Sept. 16-17 Tournament


Ridgeview (4-1)

Lost 3-0 to Ponte Vedra

Beat Wolfson 3-0

Beat Episcopal 3-0

Tues., Aug. 30 vs. Fleming Island Won 3-0

Thurs. Sept. 1 at Mandarin Won 3-1

Tues., Sept. 6 vs. Trinity Christian

Thurs., Sept. 8 at Atlantic Coast

Mon., Sept. 12 at Providence

Thurs., Sept. 15 at Fleming Island


Clay (2-3)

Beat St. Augustine 3-1

Lost to Bishop Snyder 3-0

Lost to SJCDS 3-2

Tues., Aug. 30 at Orange Park Won 3-0

Thurs., Sept. 1 at Baker County Lost 3-2

Tues., Sept. 6 at Keystone Heights

Sat,. Sept. 10 at Fletcher (11am)

Tues., Sept. 13 vs. Middleburg

Tues., Sept. 20 at Ridgeview


Middleburg (2-5)

Tues., Aug. 30 at Creekside (2-0) Lost 3-2

Fri., Sept. 2-Sat., Sept. 3 at Tournament in Tampa

Lost to Jensen Beach (2-0), Gainesville (2-0) beat West Orange (2-0), West Boca Raton (2-1), Lost to Dr. Phillips (2-1), Lost to Marvin Ridge (2-0)

Thurs., Sept. 8 vs. Spruce Creek

Tues., Sept. 13 at Clay

Wed., Sept. 14 vs. Bishop Kenny

Thurs., Sept. 15 vs. Oakleaf

Tues., Sept. 20 at Episcopal


Oakleaf (0-1)

Lost to Fletcher 3-0

Tues., Sept. 6 at Providence

Thurs., Sept. 8 vs. Keystone Heights

Tues., Sept. 13 vs. Mandarin

Thurs., Sept. 15 at Middleburg

Fri., Sept. 16-17 Tournament


Keystone Heights (3-1)

Beat West Nassau 3-0

Beat Interlachen 3-0

Tues., Aug. 30 at Newberry Won 3-0

Thurs., Sept. 1 vs. Bolles Lost 3-1

Tues., Sept. 6 vs. Clay

Thurs., Sept. 8 at Oakleaf

Tues., Sept. 13 vs. Newberry

Wed., Sept. 14 at Palatka


Orange Park (0-3)

Lost to SJCDS 3-1

Lost to Beachside 3-0

Tues, Aug. 30 vs. Clay Lost 3-0

Wed., Sept. 7 vs. Fleming Island

Thurs., Sept. 8 at Bishop Snyder

Tues., Sept. 13 vs. St. Augustine

Tues., Sept. 20 at Tocoi Creek


St. Johns Country Day School (5-0)

Beat Orange Park 3-1

Beat St. Joseph Academy 3-0

Beat Clay 3-2

Tues., Aug. 30 vs. Bishop Snyder Won 3-0

Thurs., Sept. 1 at Countryside Christian Won 3-0

Tues., Sept. 6 at Beaches Chapel

Wed., Sept 7 vs. St. Francis

Thurs., Sept. 8 at Florida Deaf

Mon., Sept. 12 at Harvest Community

Wed., Sept. 14 at Duval Charter

Thurs., Sept. 15 at St. Joseph Academy