PALM HARBOR — Dexter Rogers figured he had nothing to lose. When longtime Palm Harbor University volleyball coach Tara Kuk told him she was going to resign and he should apply for the job, Rogers decided to give it a shot. If he didn't get the job, then he would stay at Seminole High, a school he enjoyed. If he did get it, then he would take over what is perennially one of the most talented teams in Pinellas County.It was a win-win situation.Rogers did get the gig at PHU, where he'll teach English and coach a team that was 24-5 last season and advanced to the regional tournament for a seventh straight year. "It takes me a little longer to get to work, but that's no big deal," said Rogers, who lives in Bardmoor. The Hurricanes have only two seniors but enough talent to compete in a very tough Class 7A, District 10 that includes East Lake, St. Petersburg, Countryside, Pinellas Park and his old school, Seminole. Senior right side hitter Annamarie Huy has the most experience (191 kills last season) and will be a main target this year. Huy said she was a little shocked and sad when she heard Kuk was leaving. But it didn't take her long to realize her new coach was a good replacement. "I didn't know what to expect," she said. "I knew he would be tough. When we played Seminole you could hear him yelling. But once I met him I knew he was going to be a good coach for us."Rogers' Seminole team was 17-8 last season and advanced to the regionals a second straight season. He led the Warhawks to three regional appearances while at Seminole. From the first day of practice at PHU, Rogers let it be known that hard work was expected. He brought in a personal trainer two days a week. He ran his new team through numerous exercises and drills. The message was clear: We're not going to wear out at the end of matches. "It was a little different on that first day," junior outside hitter Julia Angelo said. "We didn't expect it to be so hard right off the bat. But I can say that we are in the best shape right now. I think we can handle those long, drawn-out games."Not that PHU will play many long, drawn-out matches. While the Hurricanes graduated major contributors Ameije Ismaili, Abby Walker, Jetta Brady and Jazmine Barker, there is plenty of talent remaining.In addition to Huy and Angelo, junior Renee Mussler had 151 kills last season. Junior libero/outside hitter Emma Strong had 303 digs. And Rogers believes freshman setter Abby Strong (Emma's sister), freshman outside hitter Jessica Angelo (Julia's sister) and freshman libero/outside hitter Zeena Khazendar can all contribute. "At Seminole we had about three or four players who played year-round and then the others were just high school players," Rogers said. "Here, everyone is a year-round player. There's a lot of talent."And, as always, expectations are high."I talk to (former Countryside coach) Kaylyn (Bayly) all the time," Rogers said. "She told me that now that I'm at Palm Harbor if I don't win I (stink)."The Hurricanes start their season Monday against Sarasota Cardinal Mooney. As good as PHU has been recently, it has never advanced to the state tournament. In 2013, the Hurricanes went to the regional final but lost to Winter Park 3-0. Getting to the state tournament in Kissimmee this season is the goal."It's definitely something I want to do and I think it is something we can do," Huy said. "But we still have a lot of hard work to do." Contact Rodney Page at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow @RodneyHomeTeam.