Clearwater Central Catholic senior outside hitter Shea Hamilton has been a major contributor for the Marauders since her freshman year. Hamilton, who was last season's Tampa Bay Times player of the year, was recently named the C-M Cares Tournament's most valuable player after she helped CCC to a 5-0 record and the championship in Miami. Hamilton had 41 kills in the tournament and now has 219 for the season.
Is it hard to believe that your senior season on the volleyball team is coming to a close?
"It is. I still feel like a freshman sometimes. It's gone by so fast. But we still have some things to accomplish."
You've played in the state tournament the past two years but came up short of the title. Is this team different?
"I feel like in the past two seasons we've done so well and had records like 23-2 and we weren't used to losing. Not that we want to lose, but this season we have really been challenged in some tournaments and in others we haven't played very well. We know how it feels to lose. We don't like that feeling. And I think we're getting better right now. We played Ransom Everglades last year and they creamed us, but this year we beat them (In the C-M Cares tournament)."
Have you thought about volleyball after high school?
"I'm going to wait until club season and see what kind of offers I get. That's when the offers should come. (College recruiters) don't really look at your high school games. But I do want to play in college."
Rodney Page, Times staff writer