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Updated: 11/04/2017 11:44:02AM

Dramatic rally sends Venice to regional final

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PHOTO BY JUSTIN FENNELL

Venice volleyball players celebrate their dramatic come-from-behind, five-set regional semifinal win over Manatee. The win put the Indians in next week's Region 8A-3 championship match at Palm Harbor University.

PHOTO BY JUSTIN FENNELL

Kelly Hubbard picks up the winning block during this week's Region 8A-3 semifinal match against Manatee. Hubbard finished with 17 kills for the match.

PHOTO BY JUSTIN FENNELL

Venice's Caitlin Montgomery blocks a kill attempt by Manatee's Jojo Coulter (10) during this week's Region 8A-3 semifinal matchup.

PHOTO BY JUSTIN FENNELL

Aubrey Duyn returns a Manatee serve during this week's Region 8A-3 semifinal victory against the Hurricanes.

By SCOTT LOCKWOOD

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During this week’s Region 8A-3 semifinal matchup against Manatee, the Venice High School volleyball team found themselves in a familiar position — a spot that brought their season to a close a year ago.

Just as they had done during that 2016 season, Venice had beaten the Hurricanes twice during the season on their way to the district title. Manatee came back to knock Venice out of last year’s regional tournament, and was in position to do so again during this week’s matchup after taking the first two sets.

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