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)

5A volleyball: Clearwater shows off depth, versatility

ST. PETERSBURG — The Clearwater Tornadoes moved their way around the court in workmanlike fashion, patiently overcoming a few misfires on kills and some wayward serves to cruise to a 25-17, 25-10, 24-26, 25-10 victory over host Northeast in the Class 5A region quarterfinals.

The Tornadoes (17-8) will play at East Lake in next week's region semifinals.

"We hadn't played Northeast before and it was a little different tempo on both sides," Clearwater coach Joe Dixon said.

"The biggest thing was, we got the win and get to move on."

In his first season with the Tornadoes, Dixon decided not to ease into the playbook, overloading his team with various plays in rotations and a number of defensive sets.

"I wanted to feed them as much as possible," Dixon said.

Clearwater showed off its versatility early on, winning the first two games with ease. The only suspense came in the third game when Dixon pulled some starters. The Vikings jumped out to an 18-14 lead, then held off a furious Tornadoes rally to win. The run was sparked by the serving of Casey Barszcz and Lauren Campbell, who each had aces.

"It was good to get everyone in for a little bit in a region match," Dixon said.

The fourth game became the deciding one with Clearwater dominating again.

Ahead 15-9, the Tornadoes closed out the match by scoring 10 of the final 11 points.

Carey Froelicher had nine kills and Kelsey Souto had six to lead Clearwater. Erin McGregor also had four service aces for the Tornadoes.

Clearwater d>> Northeast


25-17, 25-10, 24-26, 25-10

5A volleyball: Clearwater shows off depth, versatility 11/03/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 3, 2009 11:19pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Why a true freshman quarterback doesn't kill FSU's title hopes

    College

    Florida State's James Blackman will make history Saturday when the No. 12 Seminoles host North Carolina State in their first game after Hurricane Irma.

    Florida State quarterback James Blackman warms up before a game against Alabama on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, in Atlanta. When Florida State's Deandre Francois, Georgia's Jacob Eason and Texas A&M's Nick Starkel all got hurt in their respective season openers, true freshmen ended up taking over the rest of the way.  (Joe Rondone/Tallahassee Democrat via AP)
  2. Cue the Scott Frost to Nebraska speculation

    Blogs

    Nebraska shook up the college sports world Thursday afternoon when it fired athletic director Shawn Eichorst.

    And that should scare UCF fans.

  3. USF defense feeds on Temple offense to take NCAA interceptions lead

    College

    TAMPA — Backed up in his end zone, Temple quarterback Logan Marchi scrambled, trying to elude a USF defensive end coming straight for him. Until then, Marchi hadn't had much luck hitting his receivers.

    South Florida Bulls safety Devin Abraham (20) sacks Temple Owls quarterback Logan Marchi (12) during the first half at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on Thursday, September 21, 2017.
  4. No. 21 USF Bulls roll over Temple to stay undefeated

    College

    TAMPA — They emerged from Raymond James Stadium's southwest tunnel on the 11-month anniversary of their public humiliation at Temple.

    Bulls tailback Darius Tice, who rushes for 117 yards, is elated by his 47-yard run for a touchdown in the second quarter for a 10-0 lead.
  5. Fennelly: USF thrashes Temple to stay unbeaten; too bad not many saw it in person

    College

    TAMPA

    No. 21 USF ran its record to 4-0 Thursday night with some payback against Temple, a 43-7 trouncing, no contest, as if anyone cares, at least judging by the paltry crowd at Raymond James Stadium. Where was everybody?

    Bulls cornerback Deatrick Nichols (3) celebrates with teammates after making a defensive play during the first half.