Horizon boys volleyball tops Windermere, advances to second consecutive regional championship game

Following a 3-0 victory over its area rivals, the Hawks will play for a chance to reach the state quarterfinals for the first time in program history.

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Led by star senior outside hitter James Candrian and his 16 kills, nine digs and two blocks, Horizon High boys volleyball topped Windermere High in straight sets — 25-17, 25-23 and 25-19 — in the FHSAA Region 3 semifinals. Horizon’s junior setter Ian Silva had 29 assists, two digs, 12 points off serves and one kill. 

With its third win over rivals Windermere, the Hawks move to 23-4 on the season — the best record in the program’s short history — and advance to the regional championship game for a second consecutive season. 

Horizon will host the Tampa Bay HEAT, a homeschool-organized team, on Tuesday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m. 



Sam Albuquerque

A native of João Pessoa, Brazil, Sam Albuquerque moved in 1997 to Central Florida as a kid. After earning a communications degree in 2016 from the University of Central Florida, he started his career covering sports as a producer for a local radio station, ESPN 580 Orlando. He went on to earn a master’s degree in editorial journalism from Northwestern University, before moving to South Carolina to cover local sports for the USA Today Network’s Spartanburg Herald-Journal. When he’s not working, you can find him spending time with his lovely wife, Sarah, newborn son, Noah, and dog named Skulí.

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