TALLAHASSEE — St. John Paul the Second volleyball, a team with no seniors on their roster, a team no one would think would’ve been competing for a spot in the state final four this weekend. But the Panthers have defied those odds and pulled off that very feat.
St. John Paul II took Christ Church Academy to five sets, battling back time and time again fighting off multiple elimination points. But when they finally pulled ahead needing one more point they delivered and punched their ticket to the final four. It was a game filled with high and lows and for head coach Emily Serpico, nothing was sweeter than seeing her team display their brick by brick mentality to win a region championship.
“Our athletic director (Ed Hill) has coined the phrase, his goal is to build a culture of excellence in our athletics," said Serpico. "And I think it really resonated with the girls that every practice, every point, every ball, every failure, every success is a brick that we’re using to build to be excellent this year.”
The Panthers will face Geneva Saturday in the Class 2A State Semifinals.