Sonic Drive-In Player-of-the-Game for Oct. 23 – Brianna Anderson (Buchholz)

The Sonic Drive-In Player-of-the-Game for Wednesday, October 23, was Brianna Anderson of the Buchholz (Gainesville) volleyball team.

The sophomore helped lead the No. 2 seed Lady Bobcats to a 3-1 win against District 4 rival New Smyrna Beach in a Class 6A-Region 1 Quarterfinal.

Buchholz advanced with a 25-21, 18-25, 25-20, 25-21 victory.

“It’s a relief,” said Anderson. “There was a lot of pressure going into it, being ranked the higher seed, but we settled down, and then we realized that we could win.”

The visiting Barracudas (15-12) had been swept in the previous two meetings against the Bobcats. However, they won the second set, 25-18, to even the match at 1-1.

Buchholz (21-5) then won the next two, 25-20 & 25-21, to advance.

“They came out ready to beat us,” said Buchholz coach Bailey Coleman. “They were mentally focused and prepared, and we had to make some adustments to counteract them.  It was a dog fight.”

Anderson finished with 26 kills.

“She did her job for sure,” said Coleman.  “She’s incredible.”

The Bobcats advance to Tuesday’s regional semifinal and will host No. 6 seed Chiles (Tallahassee), which upset No. 3 seed Crestview on the road.

Every game The Prep Zone will recognize a Player-of-the-Game. The recipient receives a $10 gift certificate courtesy of Sonic Drive-In of Gainesville & Ocala.