Wednesday night was the time for teams to position themselves for the PCAC Championship, which will be played Oct. 17. Pool play was held at various sites throughout the county. After Wednesday’s results, teams are reseeded and placed into four groups of four. The top four teams will be in Group A, the next four in Group B, and so on.
The top four teams after pool play are Clearwater, Countryside, Palm Harbor University and East Lake. All 16 teams will be seeded and the four sites of those games will be determined soon.
Here are some highlights from pool play:
Palm Harbor University 3, Seminole 0: The Hurricanes looked impressive in a sweep of the Warhawks. Senior outside hitter Lee Nielsen led PHU with 15 kills. Logan Miller added 11 kills and Naomi Mack had 10. At 3-0 in PCAC matches, the Hurricanes will be in the final four and have a chance at the championship.
Countryside 3, Tarpon Springs 1: The Cougars handed Tarpon Springs its second loss of the season and sent a message. After dropping the first game 25-20, Countryside won three straight, 25-21, 25-17, 25-19. The Cougars have earned a spot in the final four for the PCAC championship. Jess McKelvey had 20 kills and 15 digs to lead Countryside. Jenna Dykstra had 12 kills and 16 digs and Ashley Albers had 40 assists. “We gave up the first eight or nine points of the first game and got too far behind,” Countryside coach Kaylyn Bayly said. “We settled down and started making better passes.”
Clearwater 3, St. Petersburg 2: After winning the first two games, Clearwater dropped the next two and narrowly won the final game to go 3-0 in PCAC pool play. The Tornadoes won 25-20, 25-22 in the first two games, then lost 25-19, 25-20 before winning the decisive game 20-18. Coach Kara Betourne said Sara Myslicki and Allie Russell were leaders during the match. “This was the same thing that happened when we played them earlier in the year,” Betourne said. “We went up two games and then lost the next two. I reminded them of that, but for some reason we just couldn’t get it going. We were able to pull it out in the fifth game somehow.”
East Lake defeated both Pinellas Park and Lakewood in three straight games to advance to the PCAC final group. The Eagles are the defending PCAC champion and improved to 14-1.