INDIAN ROCKS — This may be the postseason, but Indian Rocks learned a tough lesson in the basics Thursday night.
Struggling to get a rally started, the Golden Eagles fell 25-15, 25-17, 25-17 to Tampa Prep in the Class 2A, District 10 championship. Both teams advance to regionals.
"Our problem was we couldn't pass the first ball," IRC coach Mark Foster said. "We couldn't get into the offense. If you can't pass, you can't win. That's volleyball right there."
In Game 1 the Golden Eagles (16-11) never led. In Game 2 they had a 14-10 advantage only to get outscored 15-3 the rest of the way.
In the final game, Indian Rocks led 4-0, but it didn't go very far. The Golden Eagles never led again.
Indian Rocks only scored 17 points off its own serve while Tampa Prep (13-10) scored 36 points off Golden Eagle misses, including eight serves that didn't cross the net.
"Today all (Prep) did was serve the ball and we looked like we didn't know what a volleyball looked like," Foster said.
Marisa Moralobo, a junior, led Indian Rocks with nine kills.
"You don't have to have a quarterback," Tampa Prep coach Mike Flynn said. "You don't have to make the big kills. Little plays in volleyball help out and we had a lot of people doing that tonight."
Seniors Latora Lofgren, Megan Aschenbrenner, Caroline Dillabough and Danielle Lavey, along with ninth-grader Katie Krueger, had 10 kills to pace Tampa Prep.