South Tops North In Senior Showcase All-Star Volleyball
By Robert Hughes // December 1, 2012
Proceeds Benefit Brevard Schools Foundation
BREVARD COUNTY • MERRITT ISLAND, FLORIDA – Players and coaches agreed that the Senior Showcase All-Star Volleyball Match pitting Brevard County’s best senior players against each other was all about fun.
However, the players’ competitiveness made it a rather intense affair as the South squad, led by its MVP, Lauren Vanderveer of Eau Gallie High, had to battle to a four-set win, 25-21, 25-18, 24-26, 27-25.
“This is the last time they’ll play in high school, so this was all about just having some fun,” winning coach Sarah Spinner of Viera High said after the contest. “But for having only three days together in the gym (to practice), I thought they played really well.”
The South squad looked like they were going to make a short night of it at Merritt Island High’s gym after taking the first two games and holding a match point at 24-23 in a see-saw third game.
However, the North extended the action by pulling out the game’s final three points on a kill from Merritt Island’s Halle Dotson and clutch serving from her Mustang teammate Danielle Klein.
The North team looked like they were going to extend the affair to five games as they opened a 15-10 lead in the fourth and tied the game at 25-25 on a Klein kill.
But Isabel Carmona of the South and Holy Trinity flashed her third back-handed kill of the game to set up her team’s second match point.
Then a strong serve from Viera’s Christine Moore set up probably the cleanest spike of the night, from Savannah Hicks of Holy Trinity, and the South players celebrated victory in their final high school action.
Morgan Van Alstine, MVP of the North squad, is thrilled that her playing days will continue at the University of N orth Florida, where practice will start in July, “right after we get up there.”
She came away with her final high school action in Brevard pleased with her team’s play, despite the loss.
“We worked together awesome,” Van Alstine said. “We came into it with a lot of intensity, and we fought through it” after falling behind.
South MVP Vanderveer said she felt there was a good natural rivalry between North Brevard and South Brevard teams “because we have an even competition between so many teams.”
The North All-Star coaches were Angie Patrick of Merritt Island and Daren Bolton of Rockledge.
Coaching the South squad was Sarah Sykes of Viera, Linda Gomez of Satellite and Michelle Rycroft of Melbourne Central Catholic.
The All-Star game was sponsored by SpaceCoastDaily.com, with all proceeds going to the Brevard Schools Foundation.
Alexas Thomas (Cocoa), Elizabeth Tomsik (Cocoa Beach), Emma Dowdy (Edgewood), Morgan Van Alstine (Merritt Island), Aubrey Brown (Rockledge), Jessica Sholar (Space Coast), Lindsey Pugh (Titusville), Heather Welch (MI Christian), Jacilyn Rayl (Cocoa Beach), Danielle Klein (Merritt Island), Halle Dotson (Merritt Island), Bethany Rowell (MI Christian), Megan Ireland (Rockledge), Ashley Tang (Titusville) and Loren Silva (Cocoa Beach).
Lauren Vanderveer (Eau Gallie), Crystal Toddy (Heritage), Savannah Hicks (Holy Trinity), Lindsey Short (Melbourne), Anna Erdman (Melbourne Central Catholic), Jenna Schaffer (Palm Bay), Deborah Carey (Satellite), Shelby Jelinek (Viera), Tess Sheets (West Shore), Mackenzie Conley (Eau Gallie), Isabel Carmona (Holy Trinity), Christine Moore (Viera), Alisha Bland (Viera), Alyssa Johnson (West Shore) and Emily Smith (Eau Gallie).