Make us your home page
Instagram

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

(View our Privacy Policy)

3A-11 volleyball: Young CCC team fights back, will face Berkeley

From left, Vanessa Annoni, Morgan O’Brien, Megan Miller (23), Mary Michael Toups and Allison McClintock celebrate a Marauders victory. “We just wanted it more,” Annoni said.

DANIEL WALLACE | Times

From left, Vanessa Annoni, Morgan O’Brien, Megan Miller (23), Mary Michael Toups and Allison McClintock celebrate a Marauders victory. “We just wanted it more,” Annoni said.

TAMPA — Clearwater Central Catholic's season was on life support Wednesday night.

Down two games to none to the Academy of the Holy Names in the Marauders' Class 3A, District 11 semifinal match at Berkeley Prep, CCC was looking at elimination.

But second-year coach Brian Imperiale huddled his young team — the Marauders have no seniors — and told his players momentum could quickly be theirs.

"I told the team that if we could just get one (game), then the pressure's on (Holy Names)," Imperiale said.

His team bought into that pep talk, and the Marauders made a remarkable comeback, clinching a region berth with a five-game victory over the Jaguars, 20-25, 23-25, 25-23, 26-24, 16-14.

"Every time we got another point and another point you could see us start to feel it," Imperiale said. "We've been through a lot of ups and downs as far as scores go. They've matured a lot and they've handled it pretty well."

After staying alive with a narrow third-game win, the Marauders (18-6) jumped out to an 8-2 lead in Game 4 then held off a late Holy Names surge in Game 5 by breaking a 14-14 tie to win the match's final two points.

"We just wanted it more," junior setter Vanessa Annoni said. "Everyone always says about us that we're good but we're young. It's almost annoying. We want to prove to everyone that we can beat other teams with seniors or whoever."

The Marauders face top-seeded Berkeley (23-2) — a three-game winner over St. Petersburg Catholic in the other semifinal, 25-6, 25-19, 25-9 — tonight at Berkeley.

3A-11 volleyball: Young CCC team fights back, will face Berkeley 10/30/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 30, 2008 12:12am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. If Tony Dungy sticks around, he'll broadcast the 2021 Tampa Super Bowl for NBC

    Bucs

    Lost in the Super Tuesday news of the Super Bowl coming back to Tampa was this nugget:

    Pictured, from left, Dan Patrick, co-Host, Tony Dungy, studio analyst, Aaron Rodgers. [Ben Cohen/NBC]
  2. Tragedy, tenacity helped shape Ridgewood valedictorian Johannah Cummines

    Volleyball Preps

    NEW PORT RICHEY — Even if her daily routine didn't permit calories to melt off, Johannah Cummines would deserve to pick anything on the menu.

    Ridgewood High senior Johannah Cummines and mom Chenell. Cummines is headed to Florida Atlantic, where she will play beach volleyball. (Photo courtesy of Johannah Cummines)
  3. Bucs Roberto Aguayo kicks off 2017 on the wrong foot

    Blogs

    The goal posts still seem to be moving for Roberto Aguayo.

    The Bucs woebegone place-kicker, who is in a battle with veteran Nick Folk, went 1-for-4 in field goal tries from 35-40 yards Tuesday on a set of narrow uprights, the first day of full squad Organized Team Activities.

    If that weren’t …

    Roberto Aguayo went 1-for-4 in field goal tries from 35-40 yards Tuesday on a set of narrow uprights.
  4. Rays morning after: Are cold bats a sign of things to come?

    Blogs

    How does an offense that has ranked among the most productive in the league for seven weeks go so cold?

    Steven Souza Jr. extended his weeks-long skid to 8-for-67.
  5. Calvary Christian takes strong lineup, defense to state baseball tournament

    Baseballpreps

    CLEARWATER — No matter what happens in Friday's Class 4A state semifinal against Delray Beach American Heritage, Calvary Christian has already had a historic season. The unbeaten Warriors have won 28 games and qualified for the school's first state baseball tournament.

    The addition of Nolan Hudi to the rotation made a difference, said Calvary Christian coach Greg Olsen. “It was huge.”