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  1. Volleyball coach Leanna Taylor returns home to Tampa Prep

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    TAMPA — The word "perfect" was how Leanna Taylor said she would sum up her new role as Tampa Prep's head volleyball coach.

    OT_313696_WALL_volleyball_20 (11/21/2009 Lakeland) Plant volleyball coach Leanna Taylor guides the team to their fourth state championship in four years on Saturday against Winter Park. GAME SUMMARY: Plant High School plays Winter Park for the Class 6A state volleyball championship on Saturday, Nov. 21 at the Lakeland Center. [DANIEL WALLACE, Times]
  2. State volleyball: Plant survives in five, faces Aquinas in final

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    TAMPA — Plant is headed back to the Class 8A state final, but it took more than two hours and five grueling sets of volleyball to get there. The Panthers dropped the first two sets Saturday to Tallahassee Leon, survived an epic fourth set and closed it out in the fifth to defeat the Lions 16-25, 20-25, 25-20, …

  3. State volleyball: Tampa Bay HEAT battles, falls short of final

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    TAMPA — Tampa Bay HEAT coach Mark Kachurak said the hope every year is to get a little bit better. His HEAT did that Saturday, an opening-set win off of Gainesville St. Francis Catholic in a Class 3A state semifinal. A year ago in this same round, but in Class A, the HEAT was swept by Ocala St. John Lutheran.

  4. Region volleyball: Plant cruises into Class 8A state semifinals

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    TAMPA — Plant volleyball is in a groove, on a roll, in a zone.

    Plant celebrates with only one point remaining in Tuesday night's Class 8A region final against Hagerty. Plant won the match 25-20, 25-11, 25-23. Taken 11-1-16 by Scott Purks
  5. Region volleyball: Ponte Vedra denies Weeki Wachee

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    WEEKI WACHEE — Although the venue was different, Weeki Wachee had to feel some déjà vu during Tuesday night's Class 6A region final.

  6. Region volleyball: Mitchell falls to familiar foe

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    A year after sweeping New Smyrna Beach to advance to their first state semifinal, Mitchell was back in the same spot — and court — Tuesday.

  7. Region volleyball: Twins, Manatee take down Palm Harbor University

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    PALM HARBOR — The game plan was crystal clear for Palm Harbor University in its Class 8A region final against Bradenton Manatee on Tuesday night. The Hurricanes had to stop, or at least slow down, twins Jojo and Gabby Coulter. That proved too difficult.

  8. Region volleyball: Robinson books another trip to state semis

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    TAMPA — Robinson senior McKenna Tyson said though she is perhaps more effective in the middle of the net, the outside is where the fun lies.

  9. Region volleyball: Calvary Christian falls short of state

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    CLEARWATER — The best gift a coach can provide a team is a potent strategy based on knowledge. In that regard, Orlando First Academy's Haley Malone went above and beyond, and an impressive 3-1 Class 4A region championship win Saturday over Calvary Christian was the result.

  10. Region volleyball: Tampa Bay HEAT finally gets by Carrollwood Day

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    TAMPA — Saturday's Class 3A region final pitted the Tampa Bay HEAT against Carrollwood Day for the third time this season, and after two five-set defeats to the Patriots the HEAT was tired — of coming up short.

    Tampa Bay HEAT senior Catherine Trueheart drops to the court after her team defeated Carrollwood Day in the Class 3A-Region 1 semifinals. Trueheart led the match with 27 kills, including seven in her team's final 15 points. (Jarrett Guthrie, Special to the Times)