SANTA ROSA BEACH, FL (WJHG/WECP) For some, the high school volleyball season continues through the wake of Hurricane Michael. These teams, in some cases, having to scramble to put their teams back together, and try to play their way into the playoffs!
One such team, coach Michelle Mask and her Mosley Dolphins.
They can't work out in their home gym on campus, roof damage there, so they've been commuting over to South Walton High School for practices, in advance of their first round playoff match tomorrow night against Suwannee, which they will host at South Walton.
The team's lost four players to the effects of the storm, and all the girls have been affects as most of us have, but the coach says they're thrilled to be playing again, and anxious to take their shot in the playoffs!
"I told them they get to write the story of how this ends," Mask told us during her team's practice Sunday "and for a lot of them that resonated a lot when we talke about it on Wednesday. I said you know what, you guys have been handed a crappy hand, but you get to decide how it ends. So they are more determined than ever to make sure that we have a happy ending this year. So I think this is going to bring out a lot of grit and a lot of heart in our girls that people haven't seen before."
That match at South Walton Wednesday set for 6 central. Arnold also playing a first round match Wednesday, at Wakulla at 4 eastern.
Meanwhile some other area teams playing their way into the playoffs Tuesday. Marianna lost in straight sets in the 5A-1 title match against Florida High, still the Bulldogs are playoff bound and will play at Catholic Thursday. South Walton, the runner up in 5A-1 will travel to FSU.
In 1A-2, Sneads beats Cottondale in straights sets in the title match, so Sneads will host Jay Thursday, Cottondale travels to Baker.
And in 1A-3 top seed Blountstown claims the title with a 3-0 win over host Freeport. The Tigers will "host" Altha Thursday, but where that match will be played remains to be determined. Freeport will play at 1A-4 champ Liberty, which beat Altha in straights sets Tuesday.