Brevard high school sports: Volleyball district tournaments nearly set – Florida Today

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As the volleyball regular season winds down, teams are preparing to begin their district matchups. With district tournaments starting Oct. 18, here is a look at where each team stands and which is favored to win the district title this season.
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District 13-5A
District 13 has four teams based in Brevard: last year’s district champions Merritt Island (18-6), Rockledge (10-5), Bayside (9-16) and Eau Gallie (5-11). 
After winning their 16th straight district title last season, the Merritt Island Mustangs are primed to add a 17th district championship to their program. The Mustangs are 18-6 this season thanks to their senior core of Macie Sinclair, Jordyn Patrick, Macy Reynolds and Katie Callenberger.
“The four of us have been playing together for a long time,” Patrick said. “We have really grown as individuals and so have our leadership skills.”
The Mustangs will host this year’s district tournament with hopes of winning it all once again.
“It will be interesting, we have teams that are competitive,” head coach Angie Patrick said. “We played Rockledge and they gave us a really good game.”
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District 12-4A
Satellite (18-5), Palm Bay (3-9), Cocoa (4-10), Space Coast (12-12), Titusville (1-14)  and Astronaut (12-6) will battle down the stretch to claim the district championship. 
The reigning district champs, Satellite, has the best district record at 4-0. The Scorpions, led by Sophia Jones, Lauren Mohler and Riley Parrish, look to go back-to-back.
Astronaut is also undefeated in district play with a record of 3-0, but head coach Phil Horvath knows in order to win the District his team will have to go through Satellite.
“They are really good, and Satellite is the team to beat right now,” he said.
Kylie Redfern and Claire Pavick can help push the War Eagles to a district title.
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District 12-6A
Viera (12-9), Melbourne (11-8) and Heritage (5-17) are the three Brevard teams in district 12. Winter Haven, which is no longer in this district, defeated Viera in a five-set match to claim last year’s district championship.
This season, Viera is undefeated in district play at this point with Kelly Merz and Hannah Bradford working to lead the the Hawks to a redemption championship game. 
Melbourne is 5-2 in the district, but fell in straight sets to Viera, the favorite to win the district.
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District 10-3A
Edgewood (13-4) currently leads the pack with a 4-0 district record. Holy Trinity (10-15), Cocoa Beach (4-9) and Melbourne Central Catholic (4-15) have yet to pick up wins in the district. West Shore (7-6) has one district win.
Last year, Holy Trinity took down Edgewood to win the district championship in three sets. The Red Wolves defeated Holy Trinity for the first time in program history earlier this season. Now, Edgewood head coach Shannon Dowdell is looking forward to seeing how far her team can go this year.
“This season our team is very well bonded and they trust each other a lot,” Dowdell said. “I like how they work hard and the fact that they are really good at getting past mistakes.”
The district championship match is shaping up to be a nice matchup between these two teams and Dowdell knows her team will probably have to defeat the Tigers once again.
“It is going to come down to us and Holy Trinity.” Dowdell said. “We look forward to seeing them.”
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District 12-2A
Brevard Heat (13-3) and Merritt Island Christian (9-6) are the two Brevard teams looking to crown themselves district 12 champions. The Cougars made it to the district championship last season but were swept by St. Edward’s of Vero Beach. 
Currently, Brevard Heat sits atop of the district with a 5-1 record. They have split the season series with St. Edward’s, which is in second place in the district. These teams could potentially meet again in the district tournament for a third showdown. 
Merritt Island Christian is third in the district with a 2-3 record. The Cougars have also split the season series with St. Edward’s, but have been beaten by Brevard Heat earlier this season. The cougars have a strong chance of returning to the championship match as well.
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