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PVCA All-Star Game: Murphy, DiSalvatore make fierce duo in win

LARGO — Jordan Murphy had been on the same court as Countryside standout Davionna DiSalvatore before, but until Tuesday night's Pinellas Volleyball Coaches Association Senior All-Star Volleyball Match she had never been on the same team.

And, admittedly, she had some butterflies.

"She's an awesome player," Murphy said. "I was kind of nervous at first."

Her fears were unwarranted.

Not only did the Seminole captain and DiSalvatore, who recently signed a letter of intent with Ohio State, play well together in helping lead the Pink all-stars past the Blue squad in a highly competitive match, 25-23, 14-25, 26-24, 25-19, but Murphy had the match-clinching kill and was named her team's Most Valuable Player.

"It was so much fun," Murphy said.

The match brought together the top seniors from across the county, each picked by area coaches. But unlike regular-season and offseason club matches, this was a stress-free event. The goal was simply to reward the players with one more match, and most seemed to relish the opportunity to play with their former rivals before a packed gymnasium at Indian Rocks Christian.

"It was a really good experience," DiSalvatore said. "They all are really great players, and all great girls."

Besides Murphy and DiSalvatore, several players shined, perhaps most notably Blue MVP Kayla Walton, a Northside Christian senior and USF recruit, who played roughly half the match (both coaches attempted to get everybody a good amount of action) and dominated much of the time she was out there.

"You can tell they all had a good time," Pink coach Bethany Trouville of Calvary Christian said.

PVCA All-Star Game: Murphy, DiSalvatore make fierce duo in win 12/09/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 9, 2009 12:15am]
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