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IRC volleyball coach Mark Foster picks up win No. 200

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Mon. September 19, 2011 | Bryan Burns

Indian Rocks Christian volleyball coach Mark Foster won the 200th game of his high school coaching career over the weekend.

And it was memorable for more than one reason.

Foster reached victory No. 200 after his Golden Eagles defeated state and national power Plant in a two-game, 30-28, 25-23 sweep Saturday morning in the premier division at the OVA High School Showcase volleyball tournament in Orlando. IRC trailed 20-10 in the first game against the Panthers before a remarkable late rally. The victory helped the Golden Eagles finish 2-1 in pool play at the prestigious tournament and earn a spot in the silver bracket.

Foster has coached 13 seasons of high school volleyball -- four at Pinellas Park before moving to IRC for the last nine. After going just 11-35 his first two seasons as the Golden Eagles' head coach, Foster has successfully turned the program into a perennial contender, reaching the playoffs the past five seasons. Overall, Foster is 148-81 at IRC.

IRC (7-3) went 2-3 at the OVA High School Showcase. The Golden Eagles swept Plant and John Carroll Catholic and lost to First Academy in pool play. In the silver bracket finals, IRC fell 25-22, 25-21 to Westminster Academy and 25-21, 22-25, 15-12 to Olympia. The Golden Eagles finished in eighth place out of 16 teams in the tournament's highest division. 

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