INDIAN ROCKS — Tampa Prep coach Mike Flynn said the play of the game wasn't even a point his team won.
In the Class 2A, District 10 championship game Thursday night, the Terrapins swept Indian Rocks Christian 25-15, 25-17, 25-17. And the turning point may have been when a player ended up on her back running after a ball she had little chance of scoring on.
"When Latora Lofgren flew into the bench, we didn't win the point, but we did make a statement that we weren't going away quietly," Flynn said.
Tampa Prep (13-10) had little trouble winning the first game, but Indian Rocks (16-11) held a 14-10 lead in Game 2 and clearly had momentum on its side. From that point on, however, the Terrapins owned the Golden Eagles' floor.
Tampa Prep outscored Indian Rocks 15-3 the rest of the way to take the second game and overcame a 4-0 deficit in Game 3 to complete the sweep.
"We had some people stepping up, making plays tonight," Flynn said. "The leaders stepped up."
But Flynn couldn't narrow it down to one leader. He named all four seniors, Lofgren, Megan Aschenbrenner, Caroline Dillabough and Danielle Lavey, who along with ninth-grader Katie Krueger had 10 kills, junior Ericka McGriff had nine kills and sophomore Lauren Shlemon had 10 service points, including five aces.
"You don't have to have a quarterback," 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."