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Plant volleyball star chooses Penn State

Plant’s Maddie Martin, hammering a shot toward Clearwater’s Kristi Posnak, is relieved after making her college choice early.

JOSEPH GARNETT JR. | Times (2007)

Plant’s Maddie Martin, hammering a shot toward Clearwater’s Kristi Posnak, is relieved after making her college choice early.

Plant volleyball star Maddie Martin, a rising junior, has committed to Penn State, the defending NCAA national champions.

Martin, a 6-foot-1 outside hitter, was a first-team all-state pick in the fall after leading the Panthers to their second straight Class 5A state title.

Martin chose the Nittany Lions over two dozen other offers.

"Everything about it was just perfect," said Martin, who visited the campus twice this summer. "It's such a relief to know I don't have to worry about it any more."

Martin, an AAU and Junior Olympic All-American, said committing early is wise in volleyball.

"There aren't many positions on the court, so you want to get your spot fast," Martin said. "If you have the opportunity, you want to take it."

In addition to playing for Plant, Martin has been a standout with the Tampa Bay Juniors. Her coach with that organization, John Coup, recently described Martin as one of high school volleyball's "big fish" on the national scene.

Penn State, a women's volleyball power, won its second national title last season, going 34-2 and beating Stanford.

Martin will not be the first college athlete in her family. Her father, Mike, played football at Kentucky. One brother, Cam, is a receiver at Michigan State. The other, Luke, will be a defensive back this fall at Elon..

Ex-Robinson star Doster arrested

Former Robinson running back Jermaine Doster, a redshirt freshman last season at Vanderbilt, was arrested in Ybor City early Friday morning on three misdemeanor charges, including disorderly conduct.

Doster, 20, is the brother of former Vanderbilt running back Kwane Doster, who was shot and killed in Ybor City in December 2004 while on holiday break from college.

Jermaine Doster was arrested at 1:40 a.m. Friday after he was ejected from the Honey Pot nightclub at 1507 E Seventh Ave., according to police reports. The Tampa Police Department arrest report states that Doster did not respond to verbal commands asking him to leave, and after he was arrested, he caused enough of a disturbance to create a "large crowd" around the patrol car and kicked out a rear window of the car after being placed inside. The report listed the damage to the vehicle at $200.

He was charged with disorderly conduct, criminal mischief and resisting arrest without violence. He was booked at Orient Road Jail and released at 8 a.m. on $1,250 bond.

Vanderbilt football media relations director Larry Leathers said school athletic officials, including coach Bobby Johnson, would have no official comment until they learn more.

The 5-foot-10, 205-pound Doster rushed for 770 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior at Robinson in 2006. He is one of five Commodore tailbacks competing for playing time, Leathers said.

All-star game to follow ACC championship

In an effort to draw the Tampa community into December's ACC football championship game at Raymond James Stadium, organizers will include a local high school showcase.

The Under Armour High School All-Star Game, which will feature the top players in Hillsborough County, will be played after the ACC title game Dec. 6, the conference announced Thursday at the Florida Sports Writers Association Media Days. The ACC championship game kicks off at 1 p.m.

Times staff writer Greg Auman contributed to this report.

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