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PHCC shines at volleyball tourney

The Pasco-Hernando Community College volleyball team tore through the round-robin portion of its weekend tournament with a 4-0 record, but the Conqustadors fell in the semifinals.

Lee College was the eventual champion of PHCC's 10-team Volleyball Invitational, held Friday and Saturday at the Fitness Center of the West Campus.

PHCC was the only 4-0 team in its pool, with wins Friday over Anderson CC (12-15, 15-9, 15-12), Indian River CC (15-9, 15-9), and Broward CC (15-5, 15-4). The Conquistadors made it 4-0 with a 15-12, 15-5 win over Hillsborough CC on Saturday.

That put PHCC in the top spot of its five-team pool. The top three in each pool advanced to a single elimination tournament. After a bye in the first round, the Conqustadors lost to South Florida CC 17-19, 15-8, 10-15.

South Florida CC is ranked sixth nationally. It lost to Lee College in the finals.

PHCC was 16-7 overall, 4-2 in the Suncoast Conference going into a rematch against South Florida CC Tuesday night at Avon Park.

The Saint Leo soccer team lost 2-1 last week to Barry, then ranked 17th in the nation and fifth in the South Region. The Monarchs were ranked ninth in the South.

Saint Leo led 1-0 after sophomore Jason Kessler scored 14 minutes into the game. But Barry responded with a goal with seven minutes left in the half and scored the winner in the closing minutes when Darryl Jones beat goalkeeper Scott Bounds in a one-on-one.

Bounds, a Ridgewood High graduate, nevertheless did an excellent job in the net with 14 saves.

Saint Leo fell to 5-4 overall, 1-2 in the Sunshine State Conference, but assistant coach Drew Griffin remained confident.

"We will soon find ourselves on the positive side of these types of results," he said.

Saint's Leo's volleyball team dropped to 3-10, 0-4 early last week with losses to North Florida, Flagler, Barry and Tampa. The Monarchs went down in three games in each match but the Flagler loss, where they won the first game 15-11 but subsequently lost 15-8, 15-8, 15-10.

Mike Penix, a 1992 graduate of Pasco High, scored a 72-yard touchdown for Tennessee Tech as the Golden Eagles beat Southeast Missouri 49-14 on Saturday. Penix has rushed 12 times for 165 yards this year.