Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

2A volleyball: Tampa Prep falls short of title game

From left, Terrapins Latora Lofgren, Caroline Dillabough and Anna Dalence let their five-game loss in the state semifinals sink in. Tampa Prep fought back after losing the first two games.


From left, Terrapins Latora Lofgren, Caroline Dillabough and Anna Dalence let their five-game loss in the state semifinals sink in. Tampa Prep fought back after losing the first two games.

LAKELAND — After Tampa Prep dropped its second straight game to open its Class 2A state semifinal match Wednesday night, the small group of Tampa Prep students in the stands began chanting, "Just like Northside."

Four days ago, the Terrapins rebounded from a 2-0 deficit in the region final to beat Northside Christian in five games and earn a trip to the state final four. Their match Wednesday against Miami Palmer Trinity began as a carbon copy: the Terps won Games 3 and 4 after dropping the first two.

"I think since we had been in that situation before so recently there wasn't a fear about it," senior outside hitter Alena Ransom said. "There was a let's-go-after-it mentality, no-hesitation type of thing."

But this time, the Terps' magic ran out. In the decisive fifth game — a quick-tempo race to 15 points — Tampa Prep fell behind early and lost 25-21, 25-18, 21-25, 23-25, 15-8 at the Lakeland Center.

"I have no doubt that if that (fifth) game went to 25 we would have won it," junior setter Caroline Dillabough said.

Tampa Prep (15-14) came to Lakeland for the first time since 2004, battle-tested after a tough schedule. And the Terps managed to steal momentum from a Palmer Trinity team that took an early lead thanks to the hard hitting of 6-foot-2 outside hitter Paulina Prieto (game-high 21 kills).

Tampa Prep's Games 3 and 4 wins were keyed by the Terrapins getting senior middle hitter Dana Malinowski more involved.

"In the first two games we didn't establish our middle attack enough," coach Mike Flynn said. "We felt our ball control was there to keep the middle running at an effective pace but we weren't doing it."

Falcons players admitted they were "rattled" after Tampa Prep's comeback, but Palmer Trinity took a 3-0 lead in the final game and never looked back.

"They were down two games for the second match in a row," Flynn said. "I don't put anything past these young ladies. They say, 'Hey, Coach, we're going to go climb this mountain. I say, okay, give me a call when you're done.' I had no doubt."

Ransom led the Terrapins with 15 kills and Malinowski added 14 to go along with 21 digs. Dillabough had 44 assists and Megan Aschenbrenner had 24 digs.

"They made the red and gold, the young ladies who have played at Tampa Prep's program, very proud tonight," Flynn said. "There are a lot of smiling former Terrapins."

Palmer Trinity def>> Tampa Prep
25-21, 25-18, 21-25, 23-25, 15-8

2A volleyball: Tampa Prep falls short of title game 11/19/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 19, 2008 11:55pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Jake Dotchin on rule violation: 'It's hurting me'


    While defenseman Jake Dotchin continues to practice with the Lightning, it's uncertain when - or if - he'll get any preseason action.

  2. PolitiFact: Trump's Mostly False claim that NFL ratings are 'way down'


    The statement

    "NFL attendance and ratings are WAY DOWN. Boring games yes, but many stay away because they love our country."

    Quarterback Jameis Winston is sacked during the first half of the Bucs' 34-17 loss to the Vikings on Sunday. (LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times)
  3. Bucs couldn't connect on or stop deep passes in loss to Vikings


    If two things were established as storylines entering Sunday's Bucs-Vikings game, it was that Tampa Bay was still struggling to establish the deep passes that were missing from its offense last year, and that …

    Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) gets into the end zone for a long touchdown reception as Bucs free safety Chris Conte (23) cannot stop him during the second half. [LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times]
  4. Nine Gators, including Antonio Callaway and Jordan Scarlett, face felony fraud accusations


    Nine Florida Gators face potential felony charges on accusations of fraud, according to Alachua County court records.

    Star receiver Antonio Callaway is among at least four Florida Gators who face potential felony charges on accusations of fraud.
  5. Luke Del Rio to start against Vanderbilt for Florida Gators


    GAINESVILLE - The Florida Gators have made another quarterback change.