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Volleyball players to watch in Tampa Bay this season

Notable: The underclassmen are strong this year across Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas and Hillsborough counties.
Mila Yarich, now a junior, led Robinson with 272 kills a year ago and has been a force since freshman year. [SCOTT PURKS | Special to the Times]
Published Aug. 27

With the season in its early stages, these are a few players to keep an eye on.

L Hannah Alstott, Sr., Northside Christian

Had 314 digs as a junior to lead the team. Has been a member of the varsity since the eighth-grade and is on pace to be the school’s all-time leader in digs. Committed to Jacksonville University.

OH Katy Cameron, Sr., Palm Harbor University

Had 235 kills to lead the team last season. Also led the team with 327 digs. Has committed to playing beach volleyball at the University of Tampa.

MB Chaise Campbell, Sr., Shorecrest

Shorecrest's Chaise Campbell serves during the season opener against St. Petersburg. [ALLIE GOULDING | Times]

A key player on last year’s state championship team, Campbell is 6 feet 3 and the main hitter on this year’s team. Had nearly 200 kills last season and will get more chances this season.

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OH Kalli Cors, Sr., Osceola

Committed to the University of Tampa. Cors was a bright spot on last year’s 10-7 team. She had 274 kills and 113 digs. She will be a key player on a team with some new starters.

OH Caroline Fish, So., Indian Rocks Christian

Had 111 kills and 160 digs last season. One of the top beach volleyball players in the country in her age group. Attended USC, UCLA, LSU, Stanford and Pepperdine beach camps this summer.

OH Madison Clark, Sr., Nature Coast

She was the team leader in kills with 326. Also had 245 digs.It helps to have a talented setter like to Karla Cantero to set her up.

OH Birdie Frierson, Sr., Plant

Plant's Birdie Frierson celebrates after a point scored in the second set in the state final against St. Thomas Aquinas last season. [Times]

Last season, Camryn Vogler was the kills leader and top offensive threat. Look for Frierson to take over that role on a very deep team. She had 167 kills and 128 digs as a junior.

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OH Linsey Harrison, Sr., Clearwater Central Catholic

The team leader in kills with 262. Also had 286 digs, which was second on the team. At 5-foot-10, has the height to play well at the net.

OH Jeanette Henderson, Sr., Wharton

The Wildcats’ top hitter last season with 188 kills. She also had 195 digs. Already off to a good start this season.

MB Emma Hennessee, Jr., Tampa Catholic

She was the No. 2 hitter last season behind the graduated Elissa Alcantara. Had 128 kills. Played two good matches so far against Bishop McLaughlin and Carrollwood Day.

S Victoria Hensley, So., Clearwater Central Catholic

As a freshman, Hensley led the team with 482 assists. Also led her club team to an AAU national runnerup finish this summer.

L Alivia Horn, Sr., East Lake

Returns as the starting libero for a second straight season. Had 268 digs to lead the team as a junior. Also had 42 aces, tops on the team.

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OH Sydney Jackwin, So., Keswick Christian

Had 300 kills as a freshman. A dual-sport athlete, she also had 64 aces and 310 digs, which led the team. This summer, her AAU team won the 15s club national championship.

S Sophie Klein, Sr., East Lake

A four-year varsity player and a starter since her sophomore year. She is currently second in the state with 113 assists in 13 sets played this season.

OH Audrey Koenig, Jr., Bishop McLaughlin

Committed to Florida State. Koenig helped lead the Hurricanes to a 30-1 record last season. Had 323 kills to lead the team. Also had 40 blocks and 158 digs.

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MH Jamie Koopman, Sr., Wharton

One of four senior returners for the Wildcats. She had 185 kills as a junior. A four-year starter, she is committed to Ithaca College in New York.

OH Cathryn Long, Sr., Calvary Christian

Calvary Christian senior Cathryn Long is helping lead the Warriors into the 2019 season. [SCOTT PURKS | Special to the Times]

Transferred to the school prior to last season. Made an immediate impact with 368 kills and 203 digs. Committed to play volleyball at Clemson.

S Jennafer Long, Sr., Calvary Christian

Had 892 assists, many to her twin sister Cathryn. With a year under her belt with new teammates, she has a chance to do even better.

RS Nina Moorer, So., Steinbrenner

Started as a freshman and was one of the Warriors’ best offensive players. Already off to a good start this season. Has 15 kills in two matches.

S Nicole Robison, Jr., St. Petersburg

Was the main setter last season with 636 assists. With most of the hitters returning this season, she should top those totals.

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OH Caroline Schoonover, Sr., Sunlake

Was second on the team last season with 237 kills, just behind freshman Kylie Ciani. Ciani is injured so Schoonover’s role will increase.

RS Maddie Snider, Fr., Bishop McLaughlin

Maddie Snider, left, and Ezzie Thompson are two of the talented Bishop Mclaughlin freshmen hoping to lead their team to a state title in 2019. [SCOTT PURKS | Special to the Times]

It’s rare that a freshman makes these lists, but Snider is a bona fide Division I talent. The 6-foot-3 left-hander had eight kills in the season opener against Tampa Catholic. She will be tough to stop for the next four years.

OH Ava Swain, So., Berkeley Prep

Started as an eighth-grader at Carrollwood Day before moving to Berkeley Prep last season. Made an immediate impact with 203 kills. At 6-foot-1, she is tough to block on the front line.

S Amberlyn Werkmeister, Sr., Weeki Wachee

Now in her third season as the starting setter, she had 744 assists in last year’s 18 win season. She already as 55 this season. A very important part of the Hornets offense.

OH Mila Yarich, Jr., Robinson

Led the Knights with 272 kills last season. A versatile player, she also had 195 digs. Yarich has been a varsity player since her freshman year.


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