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Volleyball: Pinellas County Top 10



With one week left in the regular season, this much is clear: Calvary Christian is the top team in Pinellas County. The rest of rankings had plenty of movement. Find out where programs landed this week.

1. Calvary Christian (19-4)

Up next: Thursday vs. Carrollwood Day; Friday vs. Countryside

Last Spot: No. 1

Why they stayed put: The Warriors had perhaps the best week of any team in the area, sweeping Bishop McLaughlin and Clearwater Central Catholic, both of which entered last week ranked among the state’s top 10 in Class 3A by MaxPreps. 

2. East Lake (17-6)

Up next: Thursday vs. St. Petersburg

Last spot: No. 3

Why they moved up: By sweeping Seminole and Largo last week, the Eagles extended their win streak to five. They also clinched the North Division in the Pinellas County Athletic Conference and will play St. Petersburg in the title match on Thursday. 

3. Clearwater Central Catholic (14-10)

Up next: Wednesday at Plant

Last spot: No. 2

Why they moved down: Playing a brutally tough schedule, the Marauders have struggled to find some consistently, losing five straight matches in the past two weeks. It does not get any easier with a match against powerhouse Plant on Wednesday to close out the regular season. 

4. St. Petersburg (15-8)

Up next: Thursday at East Lake

Last spot: No. 4

Why they stayed put:  The Green Devils swept Boca Ciega in their only match last week to extend their win streak to seven. They will travel to play East Lake in the Pinellas County Athletic Conference championship match.

5. Keswick Christian (21-3)

Up next: Tuesday at Northside Christian

Last spot: No. 5

Why they stayed put: The Crusaders are playing their best volleyball right now. They have won six straight, including the last three by sweeps over Bayshore Christian, Admiral Farragut and St. Petersburg Catholic. 

6. Osceola (15-8) 

Up next: Tuesday vs. Academy of the Holy Names

Last spot: No. 9

Why they moved up: The Warriors won both of their matches last week, including a five-set victory over Tarpon Springs that snapped the Spongers’ 15-match win streak. 

7. Shorecrest (16-7)

Up next: Tuesday vs. Tampa Catholic; Thursday vs. Tampa Bay HEAT

Last spot: No. 7

Why they stayed put: The Chargers have won five straight, all via sweeps. The schedule becomes more challenging this week with matches against Tampa Catholic and Tampa Bay HEAT. 

8. Tarpon Springs (17-2)

Up next: Idle

Last spot: No. 6 

Why they moved down: The Spongers had their 15-match win streak snapped with a five-set to Osceola before bouncing back to sweep Lakewood to close out the regular season. 

9. Palm Harbor University (14-8)

Up next: Thursday at Mitchell

Last spot: No. 8

Why they moved down: The Hurricanes went 2-3 at the Bishop Moore Invitational in Orlando this past weekend. They travel to Mitchell on Thursday for their regular season finale. 

10. Seminole (10-5)

Up next: Idle

Last spot: No. 10 

Why they stayed put: The Warhawks went 1-1 last week, beating Dunedin and losing to East Lake to wrap up their regular season schedule. 

On the bubble: Northside Christian (11-9), Largo (13-11), Indian Rocks Christian (15-9), Boca Ciega (10-6),  


Volleyball: Monday night rewind




Oldsmar Christian 3, Hope Christian 2

Spring Hill Christian 3, Faith Outreach 1

Foundation Christian 3, Hernando Christian 0

Nature Coast 3, Central 0

Alonso 3, Chamberlain 0

Sumner 3, Jefferson 0

Sickles 3, Wiregrass Ranch 1

Spoto 3, King 0

Plant City 3, Lennard 0

Steinbrenner 3, Blake 0

Gaither 3, East Bay 1

Riverview 3, Leto 0

Hillsborough 3, Robinson 2

Prime time performers

OH Hannah Bowers, Sr., Riverview: Had nine kills in a win over Leto. 

OH Emma Buscemi, Sr., Nature Coast: Ended up with 11 kills, five service aces and five digs in a win over Central. 

S/DS Kristen McElroy, Sr., Nature Coast: Finished with 27 assists and four digs in a win over Central. 

OH Kennedy Reed, Jr., Sumner: Recorded 17 kills, four digs and three service aces in a loss to Jefferson. 

S/DS Lucia Santos Calderon, Sr., East Bay: Ended up with 22 digs, 21 assists and seven service aces in a loss to Gaither. 

OH/OPP/S Haley Strawser, So., Wiregrass Ranch: Finished with 12 assists, 11 digs and six kills in a loss to Sickles. 

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Wednesday sports schedule (Oct. 13)



What to watch


Clearwater Central Catholic (14-10) at Plant (18-4), 6:30

The Marauders are trying to snap a five-match losing streak. It will not be easy. The host Panthers have won eight straight, including a four-set victory over Steinbrenner on Tuesday. 

The schedules


Bradenton Saint Stephen’s at St. Petersburg Catholic, 6

Clearwater Central Catholic at Plant, 6:30

Citrus at Hernando, 7

Chamberlain at King, 7:30

Hollins at Boca Ciega, 7:30

Blake at Lennard, 7:30


Riverview at Durant (High five), 5:30

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Tuesday sports schedule (Oct. 12)



What to watch


Plant (18-4) at Steinbrenner (21-2), 7:30

It does not get much better than this. Both teams are ranked among the top three in the state in Class 7A by MaxPreps (the Panthers are No. 1 and the Warriors are No. 3). And they both are in 7A, District 7. So this match could serve as a preview of next week’s district final. 

Wharton (13-7) at Strawberry Crest (12-5), 7:30

Both teams have some momentum. The Wildcats are on a five-match win streak while the host Chargers have six of their past seven matches. 

Cypress Creek (13-4) at Wiregrass Ranch (7-7), 7:30

The Coyotes have won six of their past seven matches while the host Bulls got back to .500 by winning their last two matches. 

Academy of the Holy Names (15-8) at Osceola (15-8), 6

Both teams are ranked among the top 10 in the state in their respective classifications by MaxPreps (the Jaguars are No. 4 in 4A and the Warriors are No. 10 in 5A). 

The schedules


Liberty Baptist at Faith Baptist Christian, 3:30

Grace Christian at West Hernando Christian, 4:30

Faith Outreach at Elfers Christian, 5

Solid Rock Community at Inverness Christian, 5:30

Universal Academy at Cambridge Christian, 6

Keswick Christian at Northside Christian, 6

Foundation Christian at Bayshore Christian, 6

Tampa Catholic at Shorecrest, 6

Hillsborough Baptist at Geneva Classical, 6

Academy of the Holy Names at Osceola, 6

Tampa Bay HEAT at Tampa Prep, 6

Seffner Christian at Lakeland Christian, 6

Academy at the Lakes at Hernando Christian, 6

Belleview at Zephyrhills Christian, 6:30

Central at Weeki Wachee, 6:30

Crystal River at Nature Coast, 6:30

Pasco at River Ridge, 7

Carrollwood Day at Sarasota Cardinal Mooney, 7

Newsome at Tampa Bay Tech, 7

Anclote at Gulf, 7

Middleton at Armwood, 7

Countryside at Pinellas Park, 7:15

Robinson at Jefferson, 7:30

Cypress Creek at Wiregrass Ranch, 7:30

Alonso at Leto, 7:30

Plant at Steinbrenner, 7:30

Wharton at Strawberry Crest, 7:30

Hernando at Mitchell, 7:30

Sickles at Gaither, 7:30

Freedom at Hillsborough, 7:30

Zephyrhills at Sunlake, 7:30

Dunedin at Clearwater, 7:30


Leto, Sumner at Tampa Bay Tech (Temple Terrace), 6

Durant at Bloomingdale (High five), 6:30

Freedom at Steinbrenner (Cheval), 7


Bloomingdale at Riverview (boys), 2

Jefferson at Sumner (boys), 2

Strawberry Crest at Freedom (boys/girls), 2:30

Newsome at Hillsborough (boys), 2:30

Steinbrenner at Tampa Prep (boys/girls), 4

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