LARGO — The best high school senior volleyball players in Pinellas County squared off Saturday night in an exhibition of skill and tenacity.
The Blue team, coached by Lakewood's Sean O'Flannery, won 3-1, taking the Game 4 clincher 31-29.
East Lake teammates Jackie Wegner (Blue) and Brittnay Estes (Red) were named match MVPs after the Blue's 25-14, 14-25, 25-14, 31-29 victory.
In Game 1, Lakewood's Berkley Whaley pounded a kill shot to put the Blue up 6-1. East Lake's Brianna McComeskey and Palm Harbor University's Sammy Eichelberger were dominant at the net. Together with Indian Rocks Christian's Kindall Edwards, they formed a wall that not even Estes could penetrate in Game 1.
"It was weird blocking against Brittnay," McComeskey said. "We've been playing together for four years, so I guess I have a little advantage trying to block her because I know her so well."
In Game 2, O'Flannery rotated in a new group, which proved ill-prepared for the firepower Estes unloaded. Estes served eight straight points, three of them aces, and the Red team took Game 2.
In Game 4, Estes was effective whenever McComeskey and company were not at the net.
"It's fun going up against her," Estes said. "It's a like in practice but with more emotion; I love to play with her."
There were 10 ties in Game 4 before the Blue prevailed.
"It's so easy to coach a team of senior all-stars," Red team coach Alex Sevillano said. "There's so much talent this year, it's incredible; you can just sit back and watch them play."