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Volleyball preview: No. 8 St. Petersburg



St. Petersburg

At a glance

Coach: Joe Abad

Class: 5A, District 10

Last season: 16-4, lost in state semifinals

Key players: OH Jordan Bunce, Jr., MB Jenna Davis, Sr., L Livvi Harting, Sr.


Tues. at Tarpon Springs, 7:30

Thurs. at Northeast, 7:45

Sept. 1 vs. Hollins, 7:45

Sept. 2 at Countryside, 7

Sept. 7 vs. East Lake, 7:45

Sept. 14 vs. Lakewood, 6:30

Sept. 14 vs. Gibbs, 7

Sept. 16 vs. Osceola, 7:45

Sept. 21 vs. Keswick Christian, 6:15

Sept. 23 at East Lake, 7:45

Sept. 24 vs. Calvary Christian (tournament), 3

Sept. 24 vs. East Lake (tournament), 5

Sept. 25 vs. Berkeley Prep (tournament), 9 a.m.

Sept. 25 vs. Brooks DeBartolo (tournament), 10 a.m.

Sept. 26 vs. Osceola (tournament), noon

Sept. 29 at Robinson, 7

Sept. 30 at Pinellas Park, 7

Oct. 1 vs. Indian Rocks Christian, 4

Oct. 1 vs. Canterbury, 5

Oct. 1 vs. Pinellas Park, 7:30

Oct. 2 vs. Clearwater, 3

Oct. 5 vs. Boca Ciega, 5

Oct. 14 at tournament, 7


The Green Devils have a lot of optimism, especially after reaching the state semifinals for the first time in school history last season. There is some retooling that needs to be done after losing three key seniors — Madelyn Davis, Nicole Robison and Kate Youmans — who had been on varsity since they were freshmen. Fortunately, St. Petersburg has a quality junior varsity program who help fill the spots left by those who graduated. During tryouts, the Green Devils got an added bonus with the addition of Nydia Kushta, a transfer from Countryside who can take over at setter. She will team with Jordan Bunce on the outside, Jenna Davis (a University of Tampa commit) in the middle and Livvi Harting (a Virginia Commonwealth commit) as a libero. 


Monday sports schedule



What to watch


Bloomingdale (8-4) at Sickles (10-8), 7:30

The Bulls enter on a two-match win streak while the host Gryphons are coming off a 2-3 record at the Fivay Invitational this past weekend. 

Weeki Wachee (11-3) at Bishop McLaughlin (10-4), 7:30

The Hornets wanted tough matches like this one on their schedule after playing mostly against teams from Hernando and Citrus counties a year ago. It will not be easy facing the Class 3A defending state semifinalist Hurricanes. 

Plant City (6-3) at Wharton (9-6), 7:30

The Raiders are starting to find their groove after sweeping Sumner and Brandon last week. The host Wildcats, meanwhile, are trying to bounce back after going 1-3 at the Academy of the Holy Names Invitational this past weekend. 

The schedules


Central Baptist at Community Christian, 4:30

Tampa Catholic at Carrollwood Day, 5

Elfers Christian at Faith Outreach, 5

Lakeside Christian at Canterbury, 5

Cambridge Christian at Brandon Academy, 5

Inverness Christian at Oldsmar Christian, 5:30

Seven Rivers Christian at Classical Prep, 6

North Tampa Christian at Hernando Christian, 6

Lakeland Christian at Seffner Christian, 6

Academy at the Lakes at Winthrop College, 6

Bradenton Saint Stephen’s at Tampa SLAM, 6

Boca Ciega at Admiral Farragut, 6

Lakewood at Pinellas Park, 7

Armwood at Riverview, 7

Bloomingdale at Sickles, 7:30

Weeki Wachee at Bishop McLaughlin, 7:30

Plant City at Wharton, 7:30

Strawberry Crest at East Bay, 7:30

Hillsborough at Newsome, 7:30

Northeast at Dunedin, 7:30

Sumner at King, 7:30 


Sumner at Lennard (boys), 2

Newsome at Strawberry Crest (boys/girls), 2

Chamberlain, Freedom at Brandon (boys/girls), 2

Gaither at Jefferson (boys) 2:30

East Bay at Armwood (boys), 3

Durant at Plant (boys), 3

Bloomingdale at Robinson (boys), 3:30

Alonso at Mitchell (boys), 4

PCAC championship at Bardmoor (boys)

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Volleyball Player of the Week



Here are the nominees for the volleyball player of the week. Voting lasts until 9 a.m. Tuesday. 

L Brooke Arnold, Sr., Riverview: Recorded a combined 54 digs in the Sharks’ last four matches and helped the team stretch its win streak to eight

S Bella Baldyga, Sr., Mitchell: Finished with 19 assists, seven assists and four service aces in a win over Fivay to help the Mustangs stay undefeated through their first nine matches. 

OH Bailey Higgins, So., Berkeley Prep: Selected to the all-tournament team at the Berkeley Premier after helping the Buccaneers win the tournament, then knock off Plant in five sets this past week. 

OH Sydney Jackwin, Sr., Keswick Christian: Named MVP after leading the Crusaders to the team title of their own tournament, as well as a five-set victory over St. Petersburg this past week.  

S/L Taylor Parks, So., Calvary Christian: Was named the American Volleyball Coaches Association state player of the week after leading the Warriors to a runnerup finish at the Berkeley Premier.  

S Sydney Waldenmyer, Sr., Land O’ Lakes: Had a combined 38 assists and 18 digs in wins over Cypress Creek and Sickles this past week. 

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Friday sports schedule (Sept. 24)



The schedules


Fivay Invitational (compiled from MaxPreps)

Wiregrass Ranch vs. Mitchell, 1

Anclote vs. Sickles, 2

Lecanto vs. Mitchell, 3

Sunlake vs. Palm Harbor University, 3

Nature Coast vs. Anclote, 3

Fivay vs. Sickles, 4

River Ridge vs. Palm Harbor University, 4:30

Wesley Chapel vs. Mitchell, 6

Nature Coast vs. Sickles, 6

Hudson vs. Palm Harbor University, 6

Academy of the Holy Names Tournament (compiled from MaxPreps)

Carrollwood Day vs. Tampa Prep, 4:30

Keswick Christian vs. Academy of the Holy Names, 4:30

Wharton vs. Newsome, 5:45

Robinson vs. Academy of the Holy Names, 7

Wharton vs. Tampa Prep, 7

Carrollwood Day vs. Newsome, 8:15

Warrior Invitational (compiled from MaxPreps)

Calvary Christian vs. St. Petersburg, 3

Brooks DeBartolo vs. Calvary Christian, 4

Osceola vs. East Lake, 4

East Lake vs. St. Petersburg, 5

Berkeley Prep vs. Calvary Christian, 5

Other matches

St. Petersburg Catholic at Shorecrest, 6

Clearwater Academy at Northside Christian, 6

Patel at Zephyrhills, 6:30

Countryside at Dunedin, 7:30

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