FSDB Wins Mason-Dixon Volleyball Title

FSDB Volleyball team holding their 1st place Mason-Dixon trophies.

The Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB) Dragons won the 32nd Annual Mason-Dixon Girls Volleyball Tournament on Saturday, October 12, 2019. The Dragons took on the Mississippi School for the Deaf (MSD) Bulldogs in the championship game, winning in three sets (25-21, 22-25, 15-12). The Dragons have now won a total of 16 Mason-Dixon titles, the last one in 2015.

Eight deaf schools from around the southeastern U.S. traveled to St. Augustine to take part in the three-day event, held on the FSDB campus. Teams competed in pool play on Friday, October 11, which resulted in seeding assignments for the double-elimination tournament on Saturday.

FSDB entered the tournament with the best record (6-7) and the highest winning percentage (0.461), giving them the top seed in pool play. The Dragons were grouped in Pool A with Kentucky School for the Deaf (KSD) Colonels, Tennessee School for the Deaf (TSD) Vikings, and Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind (VSDB) Cardinals. Pool B involved Alabama School for the Deaf (ASD) Silent Warriors, MSD Bulldogs, South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind (SCSDB) Hornets, and Louisiana School for the Deaf (LSD) War Eagles.

The FSDB Dragons won all three matches in pool play, beating KSD (25-4, 25-4), VSDB (25-17, 25-4), and TSD (26-24, 25-9). FSDB was awarded the number one seed for the tournament.

Oceana Brown spikes a ball over the net.
FSDB Freshman Oceana Brown (5) spikes the ball during the championship game.

During the first match of the tournament, Florida took on Kentucky, the number 8 seed. The Dragons won in straight sets (25-12, 25-2) and moved ahead in the winner's bracket to face Mississippi.

The Bulldogs were a tougher challenge for the FSDB Dragons, but the girls worked together as a team to beat them (25-23, 25-19). Mississippi eventually fought their way through the bracket to face off against the Dragons again in the championship game.

In the semifinal game, Florida took on Alabama. The Dragons won the first set 25-16, while the Silent Warriors took the second set 27-25. It was the first time the Dragons had to play a third set. They built up a 4-0 lead and never looked back, winning the match 15-8 and advancing to the championship game.