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)

Volleyball: Pinellas All-Stars display prowess at high level with dash of fun

LARGO — A dream team.

Unbelievable talent.

Easy to coach.

When asked what it was like to be the coach for each squad of the Pinellas County Senior All-Star volleyball match Saturday, Canterbury coach John Milkovich and Northeast coach Amanda McGowan were identical in their sentiments.

"They're like a dream team," said Milkovich, who was the coach for the Red squad that included Palm Harbor University's Leah McNary, East Lake's Lauran Eschenroeder, and Indian Rocks Christian's Marisa Moralobo. "You don't have to explain the little things to them. They just know what to do, so you can be advanced in your coaching style."

That talent was displayed as the Red, behind McNary's 24 kills and Moralobo's 15, claimed an 18-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-23 victory over the Black team.

"It was really neat to play with players that you're usually rivals with throughout the regular season," said McNary, who is headed to Creighton on scholarship. "I actually was really nervous. I don't think I loosened up until the third game. And then, I was messing up in the last set; I just wanted to help the team win."

McNary helped the Red reclaim the lead at 23-22 in the winning set with a ferocious kill set up by Clearwater's Kayley Patrick, who had a match-high 45 assists. The Red won the match three points later on a slicing kill by Eschenroeder.

Northside Christian's Jennica Mullins had 16 kills, but the Black was unable to capitalize on its 1-0 set lead.

McNary had two kills to close out the second set, and Moralobo finished the third set with a kill.

"It was pretty fun, because a lot of us play on the same club team, and tonight we were actually playing against each other," said Mullins, who will play next year at Winthrop University. "We were smack-talking a bit, so it made things fun."

McNary was named the Most Valuable Player for the Red and Countryside libero Christina Berry was the Black team MVP.

"They're just so well-trained that it made it easy to instruct," McGowan said. "… It was like coaching a superior club team."

Volleyball: Pinellas All-Stars display prowess at high level with dash of fun 12/04/10 [Last modified: Saturday, December 4, 2010 11:10pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Rays DFA Danny Farquhar to make room for Brad Boxberger


    The Rays continued shuffling their bullpen, dumping RHP Danny Farquhar after Wednesday's game to make room for RHP Brad Boxberger to be activated off the DL.

    Farquhar, who worked an inning in Wednesday's 6-2 loss, had a 2-2, 4.11 record for 37 appearances, working primarily in lower leverage situations. In …

  2. USF to face Indiana in men's basketball next season


    The USF men's basketball team will get an early test from a Big Ten powerhouse next season.

  3. Rays employee helps save suicidal woman near Pirates stadium


    A Rays front-office employee joined umpire John Tumpane in saving a woman threatening to jump from a bridge near PNC Park on Wednesday afternoon in Pittsburgh.

    Multimedia production manager Mike Weinman, 32, was walking across the Roberto Clemente Bridge with Rays broadcasting director Larry McCabe when he …

  4. Blake Snell struggles in return as Rays fall to Pirates

    The Heater


    Blake Snell talked a good game ahead of his return to the Rays rotation Wednesday night, but he didn't pitch one.

    The Pirates’ David Freese scores on a Blake Snell wild pitch during the first inning against the Rays.
  5. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Wednesday's Rays-Pirates game

    The Heater

    Corey Dickerson is doing everything he can to garner All-Star votes heading into tonight's voting cutoff, going into play Wednesday leading the AL with 101 hits and rapping two more his first two times up, and scoring two more runs.