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)

6A-8 volleyball: Brandon takes aim at Plant for title

BRANDON — The Brandon volleyball team will likely try to utilize every homecourt advantage it can for tonight's district title match against Plant, including its bass-thumping, ear-ringing warmup mix that ranges from AC/DC to Jay-Z.

From day one of this season, the top public schools in Hillsborough County have been on a collision course to tonight, this time with a district crown on the line. First, top-seeded Plant made easy work of No. 4 seed Wharton, 25-15, 25-9, 25-10 and No. 2 seed Brandon had to beat cross-town rival No. 3 Bloomingdale in three sets, 25-6, 25-21, 25-17.

"It's the best two teams in the county, flat out," Brandon coach Amy Watson said. "Our problem is that we have yet to believe in ourselves. We have yet to play them the way we're capable of playing. If we don't it will be the same thing, three sets in 45 minutes."

In two meetings this season, Plant beat Brandon (19-5) in three sets. Brandon hasn't taken a game from the Panthers since 2007.

"They're always in the back of our heads," said Eagles junior outside hitter Lindsey Watson said. "We're always being looked up to by Armwood and Newsome. They say, 'We're going to beat Brandon this year.' That's how we are with Plant. We say, 'We're going to beat Plant this year.' It's one of our big goals, to take a match from Plant."

Against Bloomingdale, Watson led the Eagles with 12 kills and 17 digs. Senior Aly Woodlee added eight kills and 11 digs and Nicole Higgins tallied seven kills. Setter Devin Whale had 32 assists and libero Sammi Klemp had 11 digs.

After dominating the Bulls in the first game, Bloomingdale was stingy in the final two, narrowing a 24-15 lead to 24-21 in Game 2 and taking a 16-15 lead in Game 3.

"We expected that," Lindsey Watson said. "They're going to have fight. It's their last game if they lose. We got a little shook up, but we were able to handle it."

Leah Jordan (11 kills, two blocks) and Tina Catanach (five kills, three aces) and Alex Johnson (10 kills) led Plant (23-1) in an easy win over Wharton.

"It's a relief," Jordan said. "I think we're playing at a high level right now. The season's gone by really fast and now we're finally getting to the end when we have to win."

6A-8 volleyball: Brandon takes aim at Plant for title 10/28/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 28, 2009 11:15pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

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


    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.
  2. No. 21 USF Bulls roll over Temple to stay undefeated


    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.
  3. Fennelly: USF thrashes Temple to stay unbeaten; too bad not many saw it in person



    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.
  4. Former Ray Tim Beckham's over being traded, or is he?

    The Heater

    BALTIMORE — As the Rays reunited Thursday with Tim Beckham for the first time since he was dealt July 31 to Baltimore, it became very clear that not everything in assessing the trade is as it appears.

    Tim Beckham, here in action Monday against the Red Sox, has hit .310, with 10 homers and 26 RBIs since going to the Orioles.
  5. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Thursday's Rays-Orioles game

    The Heater

    The Rays still talk about having a shot to make the playoffs. But recognizing and correcting mistakes will help them next year, such as Mallex Smith trying to steal third in the first. "Those are the little things we've got to find how to eliminate real quick," manager Kevin Cash said.