NICEVILLE — Mosley volleyball coach Steve Canfield didn’t know what to expect when he watched the majority of his roster celebrate graduation in the spring.
He was hopeful Mosley could contend in District 2-6A and saw a new wealth of talent, albeit raw and in need of honing. Mosley won 24 games and on Tuesday its season ended in the Region 1-6A semifinal with a 25-22, 25-13, 26-24 loss to Niceville. The Dolphins did improve on a district final loss to the Eagles, but couldn’t forge into the regional final.
“It was a great year and I’m very proud of our kids,” Canfield said. “We basically graduated out entire team it was a complete rebuilding season. We had to replace two four-year setters and all the kids had to step up.”
On Tuesday, Lauren Corbin, one of the lone veterans on the team, had 25 digs to finish with a school-record 1,015. Her defensive prowess helped keep Mosley afloat, but Canfield said errors when Mosley had chances to move ahead were too much to overcome.
“The first set was tied 22-22, the last set 24-24, we just made some mistakes,” Canfield said. “Playing Niceville in Niceville is never easy. We gave them everything they wanted in the first and third set.”
Rachel Skibba had 10 kills and seven blocks, Heidi Nix 18 assists and 11 digs, Nicolle Valle 12 digs and seven kills and Kenley Adams six kills for the Dolphins, who finished 24-5.
Gulf Breeze 3, Arnold 1
GULF BREEZE — Arnold played its best match of the season, according to coach Karisa Wesley, but the Marlins still fell short in the regional semifinal, falling 25-20, 25-21, 20-25, 25-19 to a powerful Gulf Breeze squad.
Sarah Robertson had 18 digs, 12 kills, six service points, two blocks and an ace to lead Arnold, which couldn’t harness momentum in the first two sets to put pressure on the Dolphins. Arnold rolled out to an 8-2 lead and held on to win the third set. Gulf Breeze put the match away in the fourth.
“They played their hearts out,” Wesley said. “There was lots of heart and lots of tears on the court tonight.”
Wesley said the Marlins were unable to turn the tide in the first two sets due to a lack of getting the extra block or defensive play when needed.
“We had a couple serve-receive errors, couple defensive errors that were important in the match,” she said.
Sam Brooks had 17 digs, nine kills, four points and two blocks, Madi Wichterman 23 digs, six kills, five points, an ace and a block, JoJo Booker seven kills, two digs and two blocks, Alex Dyer 32 assists, seven points and four digs, Taylor Wilson seven digs and five points, Mady Plyler 10 points, five digs, one point and one block and Maggie Tachman five digs for the Marlins.
Arnold finished 20-8.
PensacolaCatholic 6, Bay 0
PENSACOLA — Blake Krisko made six saves in the loss for Bay. The Tornadoes (0-1, 0-1 District 1-2A) compete in the Tallahassee Maclay Tournament on Friday.
Rutherford 2, Milton 1
MILTON — Bev Ningi and Javen Threatt scored goals on two assists by Aldo Gomez. Andrew Mask had six saves in goal for Rutherford (1-0, 1-0 District 2-3A), which hosts Bay on Tuesday.
PensacolaCatholic 2, Bay 0
PENSACOLA — Genevieve Smith made 13 saves in goal for Bay in the defeat. The Tornadoes (2-1, 0-1 District 1-2A) play Niceville Rocky Bayou Christian in the Tallahassee Maclay Tournament on Friday.
JV girls soccer
North BayHaven 2, Marianna 0
BAYOU GEORGE — Ellie Crosby and Amy Carinhas scored goals for North Bay Haven both unassisted. Goalkeeper Ashlyn Posey secured the shut out. North Bay Haven (1-0) hosts Port St. Joe on Thursday.
JV boys soccer
Mosley 4, Rutherford 0
SPRINGFIELD — Hunter Ginn scored twice, Tanner Anderson scored a goal and had an assist, Zac Bennett had a goal and Judah Tuvyana and James Lovett had an assist apiece for Mosley. Mitchel Wright had three save for the Dolphins (1-0), who are at Tallahassee Lincoln on Tuesday.
North BayHaven 1, Marianna 1
BAYOU GEORGE — Andrew Fisk scored for North Bay Haven on an Austin Collins assist. Goalkeeper Tyjon Cuffee made 12 saves for the Buccaneers (0-1), who host Port St. Joe on Thursday.
Mosley 3, Arnold 0
BAYOU GEORGE — Mosley opened the regular season with a win at Harders Park. Joey Jacobsen scored in the 25th minute assisted by Alex Burgans. Greg Salazar scored in the 40th minute on a long cross by Burgans. Salazar then capped the scoring with a second-half goal in the 52nd minute assisted by Cole Moreau.
Josh Hoey had five saves in goal. The Dolphins play Friday evening in Tallahassee at the Maclay Tournament against Lake City Columbia.