TAMPA — The word "perfect" was how Leanna Taylor said she would sum up her new role as Tampa Prep's head volleyball coach.
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, …
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.
TAMPA — Plant volleyball is in a groove, on a roll, in a zone.
WEEKI WACHEE — Although the venue was different, Weeki Wachee had to feel some déjà vu during Tuesday night's Class 6A region final.
A year after sweeping New Smyrna Beach to advance to their first state semifinal, Mitchell was back in the same spot — and court — Tuesday.
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.
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.
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.
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.