Just two weeks into the Pinellas County volleyball season and it appears it's going to be a season full of upsets. A week after defeating two-time defending state champion East Lake, Clearwater dropped a five-set match to St. Petersburg on Wednesday night, 25-17, 25-14, 16-25, 23-25, 6-15.
St. Petersburg improves to 2-1 in the regular season, the loss coming to Calvary Christian. Clearwater drops to 1-1 prior to playing in a weekend tournament in Gainesville. Another interesting twist in the match is that St. Petersburg is coached by former Clearwater standout Alex Sevillano.
Also from Wednesday night:
Countryside started fast and never let up against Northeast in a Class 7A-10 volleyball match, winning 25-9, 25-11, 25-19. The Cougars were led by outside hitters Jess McKelvey and Jenna Dykstra, middle hitter Kylee Mooney and setter Ashley Albers.
"I think the difference was that we served very tough in the first game and were able to get them out of what they wanted to do," Countryside coach Kaylyn Bayly said. "I think we have a good group of kids who are going to compete this year."
Countryside improves to 3-0 while Northeast fell to 1-2.
In swimming, Palm Harbor U. swept the boys and girls meet, outscoring Clearwater by more than 100 in each one. Taylor Uselis (200 individual medley, 500 free) and Ryan McRae (50 free, 100 fly) each won two events for PHU's boys.
In a dual meet between Shorecrest and St. Petersburg Catholic, Chargers boys and girls both prevailed. Four Shorecrest boys swimmers - Joshua Chen (50 free, 500 free), John Farese (100 fly, 200 free), Alex Grant (200 IM, 100 back) and Mark Marshburn (100 free, 100 breast) - all won multiple individual events. On the girls side, the Chargers' Courtney Coleman won the 200 and 500 free.
And star power among the boys and girls helped East Lake sweep the dual meet with Dunedin. Sydney Pickrem (100 fly) and Michelle Turek (100 free) each won an individual event and were part of the winning 400 free relay.