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All-North Suncoast volleyball
Player of the Year
Courtney Liddle, Jr., OH, Nature Coast
Why we picked her: Quite simply, Liddle could take over a match like no other player on the North Suncoast. The energetic junior was the area’s top attacker by a sizable margin after averaging 6.1 kills a game, and she surpassed the 500-kill plateau with 569. Liddle was the Sharks’ leader for aces (106) and had the second-most digs on the team with 342. But beyond the stats, it was her ability to carry the Sharks throughout the postseason that set her apart. In leading her team to a district championship and spot in the region finals, Liddle was consistently on top of her game. She rallied her team in tight situations, provided the Sharks with pivotal points and was the on-court leader for the North Suncoast’s best team.
Most impressive accomplishment: Before the season, Liddle set a personal goal to try and hit at least 15 kills in every best-of-five match. She came one match shy of accomplishing this remarkable feat, bettering 15 kills in 18-of-19 matches. Only a 13-kill performance in a three-game sweep against overmatched River Ridge kept her from 19-of-19.
Future plans: Liddle, who would like to continue her volleyball career in college, is a member of the Pinellas Heat 18 Elite club team that features a number of Division I-A prospects. This year’s club season is the most important as far as recruiting, and Liddle hopes to pick up a number of offers during the high school offseason.
Did you know? Liddle wore a pink bow in her hair for breast cancer awareness month in October but was afraid to take it out after the month because of the team’s success. So, the bow stayed. And so did the Sharks’ success. …Before volleyball took over, Liddle grew up dancing, which explains the ballet-like movements she makes on the court and even the graceful, Karate Kid-style pose she strikes before serving. “I think it’s a subconscious thing I do because of my background,” she said. “It helps prepare me for my serve and keep me focused.”
Lib Lacey Carley, Jr., Hudson: Determined competitor and the Cobras’ best server was a defensive stalwart who delivered pinpoint passes.
S/OH Morgan Crescent, Sr., Land O’Lakes: All-around threat who led the team in kills (221) was the driving force behind 19-4 season.
Devan Dampier, Sr., MH, Mitchell: On a team with a number of offensive options, Dampier was the top target. The 5-foot-9 senior led the Mustangs with 186 kills.
S/OH Teresa Della Penna, Jr., Land O’Lakes: Had Land O’Lakes team highs for aces (112) and assists (284) and was second to Crescent with 208 kills.
OH Jessica Johnson, Jr., Bishop McLaughlin: Naturally gifted player had 328 kills and 201 aces for the much-improved Hurricanes.
S Lauren Powell, Jr., Nature Coast: Intelligent distributor fed the Sharks’ attackers with accurate sets and led area with 8.7 assists a game.
MH Chelsea Violenes, Sr., Wiregrass Ranch: Athletic, high-flying leaper averaged 2.5 kills and 1.1 blocks a game to dominate the middle for the Bulls.
MH Brittany Hill, Sr., Hernando
MH Megan Morrison, Jr., Springstead
MH Lauren Vanker, Sr., Ridgewood
MH Nicole Woodward, Sr., Land O’Lakes
Lib Toni Imbimbo, So., Fivay
OH Logan McGee, So., Hudson
S Paige Winters, Sr., Hudson
Anclote: Taylor Crosse, Lauren Leisure, Shyann Lisle
Bishop McLaughlin: Kelley Hill, Sakari Worrels
Central: Raqurra Ishmar, Tikiera Relaford
Fivay: Ashley St. Louis
Gulf: Lea Burbridge, Leighlani Paselio
Hernando: Courtney Crawford, Malea Kalina
Hernando Christian: Madeline Hanshaw, Brielle Knight
Hudson: Cheye-anne Savage
Land O’Lakes: Helen Marte
Mitchell: Autumn Davis, Devon Felts, Jessika Hester
Nature Coast: Alexa Coscia, Michelle Doucet, Courtney Skinner
Pasco: Courtney Brandt
Ridgewood: Mary Kujak
River Ridge: Chelsea Babcock, Vashula Kostagiannis
Springstead: Zoe Mannino, Allyson Schillinger, Carly Wiggins
Sunlake: Alexis Atkinson
Wesley Chapel: Adele Lashley
Wiregrass Ranch: Tori Quaglia, Ashton Stocker
Zephyrhills: Sierra Bahr, Kaitlyn Blount, Kaylee Gaskin
Coach of the year
Emily Gore, Nature Coast
In her first season, Gore guided Nature Coast to new heights. The Sharks finished with an area-best 24-5 record and advanced to the elite eight (Class 4A) for the first time.