May 10, 2013
The Lady Hawks are pleased to announce 2014 commitment Chiara Castiglioni. Chiara is 5'8" setter from Italy with strong leadership skills and intense competitive spirit. Welcome Chiara! We look forward to your arrival to Tampa.
April 24, 2013
Jenna Kirkwood was named Co-Female Athlete of the Year at this year's athletic banquet. Congrats, Jenna!
April 24, 2013
HCC Volleyball welcomes Erin Wibert 5'11" OPP/MB from George Jenkins HS and Tampa United. "Erin is a feisty winner," says Larkin. "She can play multiple positions and is ready to take the next step. Her work ethic will serve her well at HCC." Welcome, Erin!
April 17, 2013
The Lady Hawks wrapped up the 2012 season with a wonderful athletic banquet at the DoubleTree Westshore. Our players enjoyed the chance to interact with fellow student athletes and celebrate everyone’s successes this year. The volleyball awards went to the following players.
Twin Towers Award: Zoe Sostre and Francesca Indoni
Versatility Award: Shelby Smith
Defensive Player of the Year: Yaidimar Santiago
Most Outstanding Player: Andy Tauai
Lady Hawk Volleyball Award: Jenna Kirkwood
Congratulations, Ladies. It was a terrific end to a terrific year!
March 31, 2013
HCC is pleased to announce the signing of Antia Rodriguez Sanchez OH of Spain. "Antia brings a vast amount of experience, a high volleyball IQ, and a drive for excellence. She's another excellent piece of our team's puzzle," explained Coach Larkin. "I am very excited by this recruiting class. We're going to have a lot of fun."
March 25, 2013
The Hawks wrapped up the beach tri-match season at St. Pete Beach with a sweep over SFSC and a close loss to SPC. HCC and SPC had two wins apiece when Nicole Higgins and Carmen Fernandez pushed the match to the 3rd game before narrowly losing. "For our first year competing regularly on the beach, I am very pleased with the results and the effort," explained Larkin. "We will improve on this experience in years to come." The duos of Sostre and Indoni and Valverde and Conrad took two wins each on the day. The players greatly enjoyed the beach and will end the beach season by participating in the college beach event, the Fiesta on Siesta April 13th.
March 14, 2013
The Lady Hawks welcome Katora Roberts!!
March 10, 2013
The Lady Hawks played their second beach event, hosting a tri-match vs SCF and Polk State. SCF got revenge against the Hawks reversing the result from last week and winning 4-1. SCF then defeated Polk State in match two. The Lady Hawks rebounded in their last match, sweeping Polk State 5-0. HCC was led by the two Nicoles (Higgins and Gonzalez) who won both their matches on the day. HCC plays its last beach event in two weeks on St. Pete Beach.
March 6, 2013
Congratulations Shelby & Francesca!!
Congratulations to Shelby Smith who committed to UWF. Shelby will be the 4th Lady Hawk to play for Coach Wolters. Congrats, Shelby! We'll be watching.
MB Francesca Indoni committed to Queens College in NY this week. Francesca will play for ex-Plant HS coach Leanna Taylor. As a graphic design major, Francesca is excited about being in the metropolitan area. Good luck Franny and stay warm up there!
March 1, 2013
The Lady Hawks had a great day at Siesta Key Beach as they defeated SCF 4-1 in their first dual beach match. All but the number 1 seeds prevailed with seeds 3,4,5 going to the 3rd and deciding set. "It was awesome to see the girls competing again," said Coach Larkin. "SCF was well prepared for beach play, so I was impressed by our team's ability to control the match. It was high level play all around." Shelby Smith and Andy Tauai played especially strong, anchoring their respective pairs.
HCC will play a beach tri-match next Friday at Causeway Beach, adjacent to Hogan's Restaurant. Play starts at 10am.
February 11, 2013
The Lady Hawks would like to welcome their 3rd signing of the 2013 recruiting class. Katora Roberts, a 5'11" MB from Winter Haven HS, verbally committed this week. "Katora has not only strength and athleticism, but also great enthusiasm for the game. It will be fun to watch her develop over her time here," explained Coach Larkin. Welcome to HCC, Katora!
January 30, 2013
Congratulations to Jenna Kirkwood who has recently committed to play for Valdosta St. in Georgia. Jenna was a 2nd Team All-American at HCC and looks forward to the next challenge. The Lady Hawk family will be rooting for you!
January 25, 2013
The Lady Hawks signed their second recruit for the 2013 campaign. HCC is pleased to welcome Joahnnie Astacio-Rivera, a 6'1" MB from Bayamon Military Academy in Puerto Rico. "We have had a number of impact players from Joahnnie's high school, and we know she will continue that tradition," explained Coach Larkin. "She moves fluidly and has a desire to grow as a player. She'll be a great fit."
January 14, 2013
The Lady Hawks received its first verbal commitment this weekend. HCC is very pleased to welcome Tessa Moeller, a 5'11" OH. Tessa is 6-rotation OH from Germany who possesses typical European fundamentals. "Certainly Tessa's skills will help our team continue to compete at the highest level, but in addition, her personality is a great fit and will undoubtedly mesh well with our returning players," commented Larkin. "We have targeted some terrific players this winter and look forward to a few more signings early this spring. Stay tuned."
January 6, 2013
Congratulations to sophomore Jedi (Yaidimar Santiago) who has signed with St. Leo University! Jedi is the third Lady Hawk to sign with St. Leo, following Emily Calderon in 2008 and 2011 setter Rachel Powell who transferred from McNeese State University. We can't wait to watch you excel.
December 3, 2012
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November 30, 2012
Congratulations to Jenna Kirkwood who was named 2nd Team All-American. It is HCC's 5th All-American. Way to go Jenna! Your coaches, team, friends, and family are all so proud of you!
November 26, 2012
Congratulations Coach Larkin!!
Gary Larkin was named AVCA Northeast/Southeast Region Coach of the Year. It is the second time Larkin has won this award, the last time being in 2008. "Personal awards are a reflection of team," explained Larkin. "My staff and players made it all possible."
Coaches of the Year will be recognized at the Jostens Coach of the Year luncheon at AVCA Convention in conjunction with the NCAA Final Four in Louisville, Kentucky.
November 18, 2012
Lady Hawks 7th in Nation!!
The Lady Hawks continued their stellar play by defeating North Idaho in straight sets. With the win, HCC finishes 7th in the nation. It is the second time HCC finished 7th, the last being 2009. "We were tough today. Last night we finally realized how good we are, and today we played with tremendous poise and confidence," explained Larkin.
The Hawks got 9 kills each from Jenna Kirkwood and Andy Tauai, 8 kills and 3.5 blocks from Zoe Sostre, and 5 kills each from Francesca Indoni and Shelby Smith. "Our sophomores led us out in our last match, and all five played out of their tree," said Larkin. The HCC defense was anchored by Yaidimar Santiago's 29 digs.
OH Andrea Tauai was named to the NJCAA National Championships All-tournament Team.
"It was a dream ending to a terrific season. Our staff of Monica, Alyssa, and Jordan was top notch all year. The character of our players is off the charts, and the love they have for each other is pretty special," noted Larkin.
November 17, 2012
Holy Smokes! Did you see it?! The #8 Lady Hawks narrowly lost to #5 Tyler in 5 sets, 13-15. "It was tremendous volleyball. Coach Shirley has been leading teams to nationals a while now; they were very prepared," explained Larkin. It could have gone either way at the end. I'm extremely proud of the product we put on the floor tonight."
Zoe Sostre had 9 kills and 4.5 blocks out of the middle. Jenna Kirkwood and Andy Tauai chipped in 11 kills and 2 blocks each. Carmen Fernandez provided the setting spark off the bench leading the charge with 3 kills 2 blocks and 44 assists.
"We have an opportunity to play for 7th today. North Idaho is tough, but we will scratch and claw today," said Larkin. "Our players have a certain look in their eyes; it's actually a little scary."
HCC plays North Idaho at noon CST.
November 16, 2012
In round 2 of the NJCAA Championships, #1 College of Southern Idaho proved to be too much to handle for the Lady Hawks, winning in 3 sets. "We never seemed ready for the fight. They are talented to be sure, but perhaps we left our A game on the bus," surmised Larkin. The Lady Hawks tried multiple line-ups and offensive schemes, but none turned the tide. "Our energy in set 3 was much improved, and libero Kim Valverde provided a little spark off the bench for us," explained Larkin. However, it was too little and too late as the Eagles closed out the 3rd set 25-20. "Mature teams turn their attention to the next opponent. That's what we'll do," added Larkin. "Every day is a new opportunity for excellence." The Lady Hawks face #5 Tyler College Friday at 2:30 CST. The winner will play for 5th place, and the loser will play for 7th on Saturday.
November 15, 2012
The Lady Hawks take down the Grizzlies, prevailing in 5. The battle between #8 HCC and #9 Missouri State West Plains lived up to the billing. It was a hotly contested match.
After splitting the two first sets, the home crowd lifted the Grizzlies as they fended of multiple match points eventually winning 31-29. "I told the team they needed to stay in the present. There was nothing we could do to change the past," explained Larkin. "After close losses like that, a team either folds or gets angry. We got angry."
Shelby Walker leapt off the bench and hit .640 contributing 10 kills and 4.5 blocks. "She was like King Kong swatting airplanes out there. Walker was a blocking force," said Larkin. The team posted 22 total blocks led my Maldonado's 5.5 and Sostre's 5.5.
Jenna Kirkwood led all attackers with 18 kills, and Andrea Tauai added 16. Yaidimar Santiago chipped in with 32 digs, and Shelby Smith posted 25. Mariam Maldonado dished out 54 assists.
The good news is the Lady Hawks have reached the Elite 8; the bad news is they face #1 seed College of Southern Idaho. "We're playing with house money," explained Larkin. "We have nothing to lose and everything to gain. We going to play loose and aggressive and see what shakes down."
The scheduled match time vs. CSI is 7:30 pm cst.
November 7, 2012
MB Zoe Sostre commits to Tennessee State University. Congrats Zoe! We're all proud of you.
November 4, 2012
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE LADY HAWKS - HEADING TO NATIONALS!!
The Lady Hawks took the court against MDC with a bid to the NJCAA National Championships on the line. Having suffered one loss, MDC would go home with another loss. Tied at 2 sets apiece, the Lady Hawks took the court for one 15-pt set standing in the way of that bid. Zoe Sostre got hot blocking and attacking and Jenna Kirkwood woke up in set 5, earning 3 tools for points. Andy Tauai continued her stellar play anchoring the charge. HCC switched sides up 8-7 and never looked back, prevailing 15-9. It is the first time since 1988 that MDC will not attend the championships. It is the 5th time for HCC and first since 2009 at which HCC finished 7th in the nation.
"It was such a gritty effort," explained Larkin. "Over the course of the weekend, we were a little off, but we grinded out points when we needed to. I kept expecting our A game to show up, but it was like Where's Waldo and we never found it," laughed Larkin. "Seriously, I couldn't be prouder. Character built this Gulf District Championship. Every team member contributed something along the way. It was a team thing."
When asked how she felt after the Miami match, setter and Lieutenant Mariam Maldonado said... "Good."
HCC faced CFC in the State Championship match, which is essentially for bragging rights, but never mounted a real charge. Associate Head Coach Monica said, "It was anybody's tournament this year. We tried to light a fire under them for the state game but winning the nationals bid took the fight out of the crazed dogs.
The Lady Hawks leave in 10 days for Missouri. "We plan to train hard and then win matches," stated Larkin. "We're going out there and attacking like a pack of Spider Monkeys."
Congratulations to the 2012 Lady Hawks for adding to the legacy of excellence that is HCC volleyball.
Jenna Kirkwood and Andrea Tauai were named to the prestigious All-state Team at the state banquet. Both are eligible for All-American honors.
Carmen Fernandez, Yaidimar Santiago, Jenna Kirkwood, and Andrea Tauai earned All-state tournament team. Congrats, guys!
November 3, 2012
Step 2... Check! The Lady Hawks are one win away from a trip to the NJCAA national Championships. HCC went down 0-2 to SCF and looked like a dead man walking, but miraculously the team centered itself and mounted an improbable and impressive comeback against the talented Manatees.
Andrea Tauai led the Hawks with 19 kills and played strong down the stretch. When asked what she was thinking in set 5, Andrea replied, "Oh, I don't know. I kept telling myself to keep my shoulder closed. I just wanted to stay aggressive."
Setter Mariam Maldonado led the offense and was helped by Carmen Fernandez during a couple rolled ankle incidents. "Mariam may have weak ankles, but she had a strong heart today," joked Larkin. "I've been at this for a decade. What our girls did in such a big match was very rare and special." HCC found contributions from role players DS Nicole Gonzalez and DS Kim Valverde. "To succeed here, you need to play for a greater good, something bigger than yourself. We did that just in time today," concluded Larkin.
HCC will face MDC on Sunday at 9:30am with a trip to nationals on the line.
November 2, 2012
The Lady Hawks passed the first test at the State Tournament in Jacksonville. HCC defeated Polk State 3 sets to 0. Polk had been red hot, defeating MDC last weekend in Tampa, but the Hawks sustained a winning effort. "It's a double elimination tournament, so we might see them again. We have great respect for their program," said Larkin. "For now, it's all about Manatee. They are the next hurdle." Jenna Kirkwood stood out, hitting over .470 with 17 kills, and Shelby Smith and Andrea Tauai contributed 10pts each. Yaidimar Santiago tallied 18 digs and serve received a 2.9.
Saturday's match begins at 10am and may be watched live at www.psblive.com. "We don't need to do big things; we need to do the small things with a full heart."
November 1, 2012
Sophomore night was a huge success! Thank you to all who helped celebrate our sophomores, especially Alumnus Gabi Berrios's mother, Lourdes, who cooked up a delicious pre-game meal! Special thanks also go to coaches Monica, Alyssa, and Jordan who helped make the night special. The Lady Hawks prevailed in a tough 5-setter against the Webber beach team but on this night, it was all about honoring the contributions of 5 special student athletes. Jenna, Jedi, Shelby, Franny, and Zoe-- thanks for the terrific year.But we're not done yet!
October 30, 2012
HCC swept Pensacola State and then was swept by MDC to finish 3-1 at the Halloween Invitational. It was a great weekend as the team attended Howl-O-Scream on Thursday night and the team welcomed many guests including the Valverde's, Maldonado's, Fernandez's, Walker's, Conrad's, and Franny's friend from Italy among others. "The weekend had a family feel to it," said Larkin. "It was great to share our HCC family with the players' families." The Lady Hawks honor the sophomores Tuesday night at 7pm at a scrimmage versus the Webber Beach squad.
October 27, 2012
#11 Lady Hawks start strong at the Halloween Invitational. HCC jumped out beating FSCJacksonville in 4 sets. Andrea Tauai hit .350 on the outside with 15 kills and contributed 19 total points and 22 digs. The Lady Hawks had 18 total blocks. In the next match, HCC dropped the first set but one the next 3 straight sets versus NAIA power Florida College. "Our blocking was solid," explained Larkin. "Shelby Walker was menacing at the net, and Mariam Maldonado was creative running our offense." HCC plays #10 MDC and state participant Pensacola State on Saturday. "When our team plays 'all in' and with a singular goal, this team is as good as any team HCC has put on the floor," stated Larkin.
October 24, 2012
Congratulations to the Lady Hawks Ranked #11
HCC moves up to #11 in the final poll of 2012.
October 24, 2012
The results are in! Seven Lady Hawks earn conference awards.
Jenna Kirkwood was named Suncoast Conference Player of the Year, and Gary Larkin was named Suncoast Conference Coach of the Year. "Jenna took a lot of big swings for us during the conference season, and she was a warrior in our final match versus SCF when we needed her," said Larkin. "I'm proud of her." Other players named 1st Team All-conference are Andrea Tauai, Carmen Fernandez, Zoe Sostre, and Francesca Indoni. Yaidimar Santiago was named 2nd Team All-conference. "Individual awards are nice-- you can tell your kids about it one day-- but team awards are how we measure ourselves," explained Larkin. "We still have more work to do."
October 22, 2012
E. Bingham (r)
Alumni Emily Bingham helped USC Upstate turn the momentum against ETSU with a timely kill and finished with 14 kills, 4 digs, and 4 assisted blocks out of the middle. The Spartans defeated their conference rivals in 5 sets.
October 20, 2012
The Lady Hawks finished strong at the LSCC tournament sweeping both Polk State and PHCC. "We played well. Everyone contributed. I think the team understands how important on-court chemistry is now," explained Larkin. "And we were fueled by some serious Lake County BBQ cooked up by the Smith Family." HCC started a tradition of tailgating between matches, enjoying some cornhole, can jam, and redneck horseshoes. Good times were had by all. HCC was led by Andy's and Shelby's double double against Polk and Andy's and Madi's double double against Pasco.
Get on the road with the Lady Hawks and travel to PHCC on Tuesday night for the 7pm match. Remember if you're not in, you're out.
October 19, 2012
On Thursday night, HCC falls short at CFC losing in 4. "We blocked and dug well, but we can't sustain our effort and focus. In the set we won, we were disciplined, and we won big and easily," explained Larkin. "One set, however, is not a match."
On the first day of the Lake Sumter Tournament, Larkin had to go to a heavy freshmen line-up down 0-2 to Clearwater Christian. "It's pretty late in the year to still be waiting for leadership and intensity from our sophomore class and Captains. It was fun seeing some frosh who haven't played as much celebrating and enjoying themselves out there. It was contagious," said Larkin. The frosh comeback against CCC fell just short as the Lady Hawks lost in 5, but the same group easily dispatched St. John's River State in straight sets.
Tomorrow HCC faces Polk State and PHCC. "Tomorrow we'll continue to play the girls who are playing for the name on the front of the jersey and not the back," stated Larkin. "Championships are won by special teams not individuals... and I've watched enough individual volleyball this year."
October 18, 2012
Congratulations to Andrea Tauai for being named Player of the Week (Games through October 13th)
Andrea Tauai (Fr, Tauranga, New Zealand) a 5’8” outside hitter from Hillsborough Community College, is the FCSAA Player of the Week. Tauai had 71 kills (3.6/set) and a .290 hitting percentage. On defense, she tallied 59 digs (3/set) and 10.5 total blocks. The Lady Hawks have finished first in the Suncoast Conference and swept Player of the Week selections as we approach the State Tournament.
Congratulations to Yaidimir Santiago for being named Defensive Player of the Week (Games through October 13th)
Yaidimir Santiago (So, Toa Baja, Puerto Rico) a 5’7” libero from Hillsborough Community College, is the FCSAA Defensive Player of the Week. In 15 sets, the sophomore racked up 94 digs (6.3/set), including a 25 dig performance against Illinois Central College. This earned Santiago a spot in the 25 Dig Club.
Congratulations go out again to Andrea Tauai for being named to the All-Tournament Team. Way to go Andrea!!
October 17, 2012
Be sure to read this article on former Lady Hawk Lindsey Rees:
October 14, 2012
As suspected the Lady Hawks were a little emotionally spent getting off the bus in Jacksonville on Friday losing to #4 IWCC in 3 and #11 MDC in 4. "Thursday night was an emotional night for us, and like everyone this time of year, we are nursing some injuries. We had some highlights, though, like Jedi's (Yaidimar Santiago) ridiculous defense," stated Larkin. On Saturday, HCC bounced back, sweeping #19 Pensacola and #19 DII Illinois Central. "With Kirkwood and Sostre on the bench icing, Andy went off," explained Larkin. Andy Tauai averaged over 4 kills a set and Shelby Smith hit .300 and .360 respectfully on the outside. Next up for the Hawks is #8 CFC in Ocala on Thursday night.
October 12, 2012
The Lady Hawks are Conference Champions! HCC swept SCF in 3 sets closing the last set out 25-13. The hawks got strong performances from MB Francesca Indoni and OHs Jenna Kirkwood and Andy Tauai. "We played to win tonight instead of not to lose," explained Larkin. "Our blocking and defense was sound, and Franny was a beast." Setter Mariam Maldonado served up the assists for the Hawks who kept #10 SCF off balance all night. "The black out the gym crowd was awesome. Thanks to all in attendance for their support," added Larkin. Alumni Crissi Dejiulio, Danielle Priest, and Claudia Cabrera came home to support the 2012 team. The Lady Hawks travel to Jacksonville Friday to play a tournament boating 8 nationally ranked teams.
October 10, 2012
HCC survives at SPC. HCC won in 4 utilizing its entire bench. Andrea Tauai led all attackers with 12 kills and a block and Zoe Sostre added 10 kills and 3 blocks. Mariam Maldonado set the final 3 games posting 33 assists and 5 kills. "Good teams grind out wins when they don't have their A game," explained Larkin. "If this team will believe in themselves like we believe in them, they can be special." The Lady Hawks face SCF on Thursday night at 7pm at home with the conference championship on the line. "We need a raucous crowd Thursday night!"
October 5, 2012
HCC improves to 13-6 after two Friday afternoon sweeps at Lake Sumter. In the first match versus LSCC, the Lady Hawks were led by Francesca Indoni's 10 points and Shelby Smith's 9 points. Against Palm Beach State, Kim Valverde posted 25 digs, and Andrea Tauai tallied 11 points and Jenna Kirkwood added 9. The Lady Hawks resume conference play Tuesday night at SPC.
October 5, 2012
The Lady Hawks bumped up to #16 in the nation after defeating South Florida State last Thursday night. On Monday, the team gave back to the community by training the St. Lawrence Middle School volleyball team. All the girls, young and old, had a blast! The STL Celtics are undefeated and on track to win their league championship next week. Tonight HCC faced a red hot Polk State team in Winter Park. It was a match-up with the conference lead on the line. The Lady Hawks grinded out a close first set to lead the match. The Eagles responded by taking set 2 comfortably. In pivotal set 3, Shelby Smith was inserted and was a spark plug. She brought the players to their happy place, and the performance picked up. "We needed to focus on stopping them and team chemistry tonight. Offensively we were OK from the beginning, but we couldn't slow the middle attack. We found a group that worked well together and began to implement the game plan in set 3," explained Larkin. The team travels to Lake Sumpter for a tri-match on Friday. Don't forget that Thursday Oct. 11th is "Black Out the Gym" night. The first 100 fans will get a black rally hawk T-shirt featuring the new HCC Hawk Logo. #16 HCC faces #10 SCF at 7pm at the Dale Mabry Gym.
September 26, 2012
HCC breaks into the top 20 at #18. There was no rest for the Lady Hawks, however, as they traveled to #10 SCF on Tuesday night losing 1-3. "It's a tough place to play, and we needed to be more detail oriented and stronger on offense," explained Larkin. "When we earned an advantage during a rally, we had trouble capitalizing." The Hawks battled through a low team hitting percentage to keep it close, but it wasn't enough in the end. Andrea Tauai led the team with 13 kills, 2 aces, and 2 blocks. HCC plays SFSC Thursday night at home at 7pm.
September 21, 2012
The Lady Hawks completed a 6 game win streak with a straight set win versus St. Pete College. "There were some fantastic rallies with amazing defense," noted Larkin. Jenna Kirkwood led the way with 18 kills and a .600 hitting percentage, and Yaidimar Santiago collected 18 digs. HCC plays at SCF on Tuesday at 7pm.
Faces in the Crowd:
Sara Prose, 2004
The Plant City High School Volleyball Team The Attars
Former Lady Hawk Cabrera helps USF on its current 6-game win streak. "Wyle Devlin recorded her fifth double-double with 27 assists and 10 digs. Libero Claudia Cabrera (HCC 2010) continued to be a force in the middle with 18 digs."
September 20, 2012
HCC goes 2-0 in conference play with a strong win over Polk State. The Lady Hawks were led by libero Yaidimar Santiago's 25 digs and outside hitter Andrea Tauai's 12 kills. "Our team had tremendous balance," said Larkin. "Our middles and right had hitting percentages, and Jedi stole a lot of kills tonight on defense."
HCC faces SPC Thursday night at home at 7pm.
September 17, 2012
Georgian Court, which improved to 4-6 despite hitting only .070, received 12 kills and 14 digs from sophomore Villariny-Rodriguez. Jhoan Agosto provided 10 kills. Gabriela Barrios-Hernandez (HCC Alumnus), who earned selection to the All-Tournament Team, topped the team with 16 digs.
September 15, 2012
The Lady Hawks completed a 4-0 week by defeating St. Johns River State College and Indian River State in Palatka. The team improved to 7-5. "We were pretty good today. Some girls stepped up and played big roles when asked," explained Larkin. Against SJRSC, Mariam Maldonado came off the bench to set the team to the win, and MB Shelby Walker provided a big blocking presence in sets 2,3,4. Nicole Gonzalez also contributed as libero. In the second match, MB Franny Indoni leapt off the bench and provided a sustained spark. Standouts on the day include OPP Shelby Smith who posted 20 kills and a .559 hitting percentage, OH Jenna Kirkwood who posted 8 aces and 26 kills, and OH Andrea Tauai who added 3 aces and 22 kills. "Both setters maintained balance in our offense. That was the key to our success today."
HCC plays another conference match at home at 7pm vs. Polk State. Come check us out. It's electric!
Faces In the Crowd This Week:
Alum Hailey Plunkett!
Ex-manager extraordinaire Kristin Fancher!
(and of course our families)
September 14, 2012
The Lady Hawks started and finished strong defeating PHCC in straight sets. "We had great balance, and all the girls understood and played their roles. It was a positive step for us," explained Larkin. #1 attacker in the nation Jenna Kirkwood paced the Hawks with 13 kills. Shelby Smith also added two solo blocks and numerous tags on the right side. Setter Carmen Fernandez led the offense with 35 assists. HCC travels to St. John's River on Saturday for a tri-match.
September 12, 2012
HCC played its first conference match Tuesday night defeating South Florida State in 4. "Everybody contributed in tonight's win. Our conference is strong, so every win counts," said Larkin. The Lady Hawks were led by Jenna Kirkwood's 19 kills, Yaidimar Santiago's 25 digs, Zoe's 10 kills, and Carmen Fernandez's 44 assists.
The Lady Hawks play PHCC at home Thursday night at 7pm.
The Lady Hawks returned from Texas, having played #4, #8, #15. "It was bittersweet," explained Larkin, "to be so close to knocking off nationally ranked teams but coming up a little short. It was a lot like our CFC match. We definitely know we can hang now, so it's time to learn how to close the deal."
The Hawks were paced by Jenna's 72 kills. "Jenna Kirkwood was a monster. She played fearlessly." Other standout performances include Zoe's 10 kills against Blinn, Shelby Walker's 11 kills against Hill, and Nicole Gonzalez's 25 digs against Salt Lake.
September 4, 2012
Alumnus Emily Bingham of USC-Upstate was named to All-tournament team at The Willie Jewell's Invitational at Charleston Southern. Way to go, Em!
The Lady Hawks began their 2012 campaign by going 2-2. The Hawks started quickly by sweeping Palm Beach State and then had multiple match points against an experienced and talented CFC team currently ranked #3 in the nation. Perhaps the close loss carried over to the following morning when HCC lost to SCF. The team concluded with another 3-set sweep versus Brevard. "The match against CFC had a post-season feel to it. Pushing such a talented team without two starters due to injury says a lot about where we could be in November," said Larkin. The players are working very hard, and hard work pays off." MBs Zoe Sostre and freshman Shelby Walker combined to hit over .400, and OH Jenna Kirkwood was consistently asked to take the critical swings and delivered. The Lady Hawks travel to Houston on Thursday to take on the best of Texas.
August 27, 2012
HCC alum Claudia Cabrera leads USF with 28 digs in a 5-set win vs. UCF!
August 24, 2012
Gabi Berrios commits to D2 Georgian Court University in New Jersey. Way to go, Gabi!
August 23, 2012
2012 HCC Volleyball announces its leadership council. The council is made up of 3 Captains (sophomores) and 1 Lieutenant (freshman). Nicole Higgins was named Captain last spring and she is joined by Captains Yaidimar Santiago and Jenna Kirkwood. They are joined by Lieutenant Mariam Maldonado. We know they are all up to the task. Congratulations!
July 27, 2012
HCC Volleyball would like to welcome new Assistant Coach Jordan Gibson. Jordan comes to us with college coaching and playing experience and continues to compete as an accomplished Beach player in the Open Division. We are excited to add his experience and enthusiasm to our staff.
July 14, 2012
Thank you to all the high school teams who competed at HCC this summer. We know you all had a lot of fun and started your preparation for the high school season. Good luck in the fall! See you next year - Coach Larkin.
Results of the HCC Summer Competition Camp: 1. Steinbrenner 2. Durant 3. King 4. Plant 5. East Bay 6. Sickles 7. Middleton
*Bloomingdale and Planty City absent from playoffs.
July 2, 2012
HCC Volleyball is pleased to welcome back volleyball alumnus Alyssa Breviario. Alyssa joins the 2012 staff after graduating in 2005 and subsequently from Northwood University. She has also coached at numerous HCC camps and for Tampa United Volleyball. "Alyssa was a compassionate teammate and has a big heart," said Coach Larkin. "She has traveled and experienced a lot since graduation; that will serve her well as she works with the setters and handles various administrative and team building activities." Alyssa is excited and up for the challenge!
June 11, 2012
HCC Volleyball hosted a rough and tumble crew from St. Lawrence School for a volley totz clinic. Fun was had by all. There were lots of future stars out there!
May 25, 2012
Congratulations to Manager Kristin Fancher who was recently accepted into the HCC nursing program. We're so proud of you!
May 24, 2012
Congratulations to Coach Tony who not only graduated from the USF School of Education but also accepted the Palmetto HS Head Coaching position. We will be cheering Tony on from afar, and he will be missed! Tony was an integral part of HCC Volleyball's run of excellence from 2006 through the 2011 season.
May 14, 2012
The Lady Hawks finished the semester with a team GPA of 3.0, and 6 of 7 sophomores graduated in spring. The 7th will graduate after one summer course. Great job, ladies! Your statistics are WAY above the college averages. Keep it up!
April 9, 2012
HCC is pleased to announce the signing of Kim Valverde of Costa Rica by way of East Hampton, NY. Kim is a jump-serving libero who is anxious to join the competitive atmosphere at HCC. "Kim is a high energy defender who plays with the poise of someone who has been a starter for a number of years. She will help improve our ball control," explained Coach Larkin.
March 23, 2012
HCC is pleased to announce the signing of Carmen Fernandez Nevarez. Carmen has just finished a championship season setting for Bayamon Military Academy. "Carmen's addition solidifies the setting position. It will be fun to watch the intense competition; both setters will develop quickly and push each other to great heights," remarked Larkin. Welcome to the HCC family!
February 1, 2012
HCC is pleased to announce that All-state outside hitter Rebecca Schnabel has signed to play with St. Edward's University in Austin, Texas. After visiting, Becca felt like it was the perfect fit. Go get 'em, Becca!
February 1, 2012
HCC is pleased to announce the commitment of Andrea Tauai. Andrea is a native of New Zealand and a graduate of Tauranga Girls' College HS. She is an OH with extensive junior national and beach experience. "We spent some time getting to know Andrea to see if HCC was the right fit. I have no doubt it is," explained Larkin. "Andrea is a dynamic OH who will do anything in her pursuit of excellence in volleyball. She'll fit it nicely with all of our other gym rats."
January 25, 2012
All-American setter Rachel Powell verbally commits to McNeese State University in Louisiana and Head Coach Terry Gamble. Rachel is excited about the challenge of playing D-I volleyball. Congrats, Rachel. We are proud of you!
January 20, 2012
The HCC Volleyball Team mentored students from Academy Prep Center of Tampa Bay in Ybor City. All had a great time learning some skills and sharing some laughs.
Amani West from Tampa Bay Tech commits to the Lady Hawks. Amani played for Coach Colley at Tech and plays for the Tampa Bay Raptors. "Amani brings athleticism to our outside hitter core. She impressed us with her determination and spirit throughout this process," explained Larkin.
December 21, 2011
HCC is pleased to announce the signing of Becca Conrad. Becca is a versatile outside hitter who comes to us from Ohio. Volleyball is a family tradition for the Conrads, so HCC is pleased to get a player of such experience. "Becca will have the ability to play many roles throughout the season. We like versatility," explained Larkin.
HCC signed Nicole Gonzalez, a dynamic and spirited OH from Toa Baja, Puerto Rico. Nicole is the second Gonzalez to play for the Hawks as older sister Madi played in 2006. "Nicole has a fearless attitude, which will serve her well at HCC," remarked Larkin. "She will fit in nicely with our program's culture."
The Lady Hawks landed middle blocker Shelby Walker from Lakewood Ranch HS where she played for Perry Hankins. She is currently playing at MAV for Nancy Cothron. "Shelby is a physical middle who continues to grow every day," said Larkin. "It will be exciting to watch her develop at HCC; she has a high ceiling."
December 16, 2011
Congratulations to the Lady Hawks Volleyball team for posting a team GPA over 3.0! The team was led by the following student athletes: Becca, Hillary, Kristin, Shelby, Jenna, and Dani. Way to go, guys!
December 1, 2011
Rachel Powell is named 2nd Team All-American and upholds HCC's tradition of fielding excellent setters. The whole college is very proud of her. "She was a pleasure to work with," explained Larkin. "She worked her butt off and earned this honor." Rachel and her sophomore teammates are currently busy communicating with 4-yr colleges and universities concerning their future plans.
November 6, 2011
HCC's season comes to an end in the semi-finals at the State Tournament. "No one outside of our locker room expected us to play at this level up here," stated Larkin. "I couldn't be prouder of our whole group. We put ourselves in a position to win and just missed shocking the state." Shelby Smith (with the help of a palm frond necktie, walking sticking, and a baby pine cone) continued to play loose and confident. Rachel Powell and Rebecca Schnabel were named to the All-State Tournament Team. "Our players played to the final whistle. That says all you need to know about them," continued Larkin.
The Lady Hawks volleyball family wants to thank all of our family support, our traveling fans, our fans back home, Coach Tony, Coach Monica, and our school's administrative support. We couldn't do it without you all!
November 5, 2011
Shhhh... HCC has been playing possum in its way into the state tournament, but there's no suprising anyone anymore. HCC defeated the conference champion Polk Eagles in a 5-set war to cross into the semi-finals. The Lady Hawks jumped out to a 2-set lead, but the tough and talented Polk squad fought its way back into the match pushing it to set 5. "They have a great defensive team and an OH from the Dominican Republic who plays at a different level. Our team held to the game plan, got each others' backs, and focused on the present. That's how we won game 5," explained Larkin. HCC faces the 7pm winner on Sunday at 10am. If they defeat one more opponent, the Lady Hawks will be boarding a plane for Missouri and the NJCAA National Championships. HCC was led by Rachel Powell's 53 assists, Rebecca Schnabel's 19 kills, and Shelby Smith's 12 kills and strong defensive play. "Any one of the teams at this state tournament would win matches at the national tournament. We took two tough steps toward our goal, and we have one more challenge to face," said Larkin.
November 4, 2011
Rachel Powell was named Suncoast Conference Player of the Year! Rachel Powell and Rebecca Schnabel were also named All-State! Other award winners include 1st Team All-Conference-- Rachel and Rebecca and 2nd Team All-conference-- Zoe Sostre, Nicole Higgins, Gabi Berrios, and Francesca Indoni. Congrats Lady Hawks. It takes a team to earn individual awards. Now let's keep winning!
November 4, 2011
The Lady Hawks win the all important first match at the FCCAA Tournament. It was a battle between two similar teams and offenses. In the end, HCC was able to defeat Pensacola State in 4 sets. HCC was led by Rachel Powell's 44 assists, Becca Schnabel's 19 kills, 2.5 blocks, and 3 aces, and Francesca Indoni's 7 kills and 4 blocks. "With the improved level of play in the state, every match is a battle this year. We are happy to win and advance past an excellent team. Our sights are set on Polk now. We know each other well, and our players are excited to face the challenge," explained Larkin.
HCC plays Polk State at noon Saturday. Follow along at www.psblive.com.
October 28, 2011
The Lady Hawks held strong to honor the sophomores. The team was also very happy to welcome back Captain Hillary Byrd, who is recovering from surgery. HCC faced a tough and relaxed opponent in LSCC on Thursday night but prevailed in set 5 15-9. HCC was led by Becca Schnabel's 22 kills, Nicole Higgins 13 kills, and Shelby Smith's 10 kills. Dani Weishaar chipped in 31 digs and Rachel Powell added 6 kills and 59 assists.
Becca kicked off the evening with a wonderful rendition of the National Anthem. Henry the Hawk showed up; the sophomores were allowed to "decorate" Coach Larkin's dress shirt for the match, and the freshmen decorated the gymnasium. It was a wonderful celebration for a memorable class. "It's always tough to coach on sophomore night because of the emotion in the building. The sophomores took care of business when they needed to tonight," remarked Larkin.
The Lady Hawks next play Friday at home at 2pm.
October 27, 2011
The Lady Hawks split matches in a tri-match at Indian River State College on Oct. 21st. In the first match HCC swept IRSC 3-0. "Both teams we faced will be at states, so today was a good test for us," explained Larkin. Rachel Powell led a balanced attack distributing the ball to all positions leading to 15 kills from the MBs and Opp. "I'm happy with the way Rachel has worked to involve all players in the offense," continued Larkin. In the second match, HCC played FSCJax close losing in 4 sets. "The first time we saw Jacksonville, we kind of folded," said Larkin. "We took a step in the right direction today." HCC is currently 17-13.
Join us for SOPHOMORE NIGHT Thursday, Oct. 27th at 7pm. HCC hosts LSCC. On Friday, The Lady Hawks welcome multiple teams to Tampa for the HCC Halloween Invitational. Matches begin at 11am on Friday and at 10am on Saturday.
October 20, 2011
The Lady Hawks stun PHCC in New Port Richey after dropping the first two sets. Associate Head Coach Monica Medvid and Assistant Coach Tony Cothron continued their winning streak as once a year they lead the Hawks into battle and leave the gray-haired one home. HCC's comeback was led by Zoe's 16 kills and Becca's 25 kills. "We are all super proud of the girls. Last year we had success versus Pasco, and they won the D2 championship. This year they are just as tough, so this win should give our team the confidence it needs," explained Larkin. Rachel Powell also played well near her home town as usual, posting over 50 assists.
HCC travels to Indian River State on Saturday to play two teams who earned trips to the FCCAA tournament. Match times are 11 and 1pm.
October 17, 2011
HCC wins its final conference match 3-0 at SCF Manatee to finish 5-3. The Lady Hawks have earned a 6th straight trip to the FCCAA State Tournament. MBs Hillary Byrd, Zoe Sostre, Crissi Dejiulio, and Francesca Indoni all hit over .300. "We played really well tonight. It was their sophomore night, and it is always a challenge to win on an opponent's sophomore night," explained Coach Larkin.
The Lady Hawks then traveled to Jacksonville to play in the FSCJ Tournament of Champions. HCC started by sweeping Palm Beach but fell flat thereafter losing to FSCJ and MDC. "We found a way to blow a huge lead in set 1 versus Jacksonville. After that it got a little ugly. Volleyball is as much about momentum and self-esteem. We were playing our opponent and ourselves. We'll grow from it," said Larkin. HCC finished the tournament by playing a tough 5-setter against PJC, our 1st round opponent at the state tournament.
Congratulations to Rebecca Schnabel for being named to the All-tournament team.
HCC next plays at PHCC Thursday night at 7pm.
October 12, 2011
The Lady Hawks hosted a large crowd for the SPC conference match Tuesday night. Although HCC lost, we all won as our fundraiser to support breast cancer research and awareness was a huge success. The crowd as well as players and staff were decked out in pink. The team raised over $350 on the night, and we would like to sincerely thank each and every donor who supported our efforts. The Lady Hawks travel to SCF Manatee on Thursday night.
October 11, 2011
The Lady Hawks took care of SFCC last Thursday in 3 sets to go to 4-2 in conference play. HCC is inching closer to earning its 7th consecutive trip to the State Tournament.
Over the weekend, HCC joined many of the state powers in a tournament at Manatee. HCC finished 2-2 to go to 13-8, 4-2. Setter Rachel Powell was named to the All-tournament team. Rachel posted 193 assists on the weekend. Other standouts include Becca Schnabel who posted 73 kills and Nicole Higgins and Jenna Kirkwood who both had over 20 kills. The middle blockers also combined for 50 kills and continue to become a bigger factor in matches. "Gabi took one on the chin this weekend-- literally," said Coach Larkin. "We had to send her to urgent care, but she was back for the next match. That's the kind of toughness we are striving for."
HCC hosts SPC Tuesday night in an important conference match. Come out and support our "Dig for the Cure Match" in support of breast cancer awareness and research.
October 5, 2011
HCC beats conference leader Polk State in 4 sets to improve to 10-6. After dropping the first set, the Lady Hawks rallied to win the next 3. Set 2 was especially exciting with the Hawks prevailing 34-32. "It was a high level match. Polk State is an excellent team, and tonight we rose to the occasion. Becca (22kills) and Nicole (18kills) were tough to stop," explained Larkin. "We're starting to look like HCC. I am proud of the girls tonight." The giant blue HCC mascot made a showing. Harry(?) the Hawk rallied the boisterous crowd who was decked out in white as part of the "white out the gym" event.
Faces in the Crowd: Tampa Tech's Head Coach Liz Colley and her volleyball players who are having an excellent high school season.
HCC plays at SFCC at 7pm on Thursday night.
On Tuesday night October 11th, HCC Volleyball will be collecting donations for Florida Suncoast of Susan G, Komen for the Cure. All spectators are encouraged to wear pink to support the fight against breast cancer. Students, faculty, and staff may also look for a volleyball player during the day in order to purchase a pink bracelet. Join us in this noble cause. See you Tuesday!
September 28, 2011
HCC move to 2-2 in conference play (9-6 overall) with 4-set win over SCF Tuesday night. "Becca got hot in set 4, hitting .700, which helped us close them out," commented Larkin. The Lady Hawks return to conference play next Tuesday at 7pm at home against conference leader Polk. Fans are encouraged to wear white shirts and help us "White out the Gym."
September 27, 2011
The Lady Hawks lend a hand. The HCC Volleyball team donated their time to help the St. Lawrence Celtics prepare for their upcoming matches. "It was so much fun working with the middle schoolers! It reminded me of when I was just starting out," remarked Captain Rachel Powell. All girls enjoyed the interaction and put in a good day's work. Good luck, Celtics! Thanks for hosting us.
September 24, 2011
HCC takes 2 matches at Lake Sumter. The Lady Hawks started the tri-match with a three game sweep of Indian River State College. Rachel Powell posted 36 assists and 7pts. In the second match, HCC beat host LSCC in 4. MB Francesca Indoni hit .410 and posted 8.5 pts. OH Becca Schnabel hit .340 on her way to 25 pts. "A number of players looked good today. It was nice to see them perform the way we know they can," commented Larkin. "Food tastes a little better after a couple of wins." HCC is 8-6.
September 24, 2011
The Lady Hawks drop a close one at SPC. After being down 0-2, HCC rallied back to tie it at 2 sets each. The Lady Hawks came up just short losing 13-15 in set 5. Dani Weishaar came off the bench to chip in 20 digs. HCC travel to LSCC for a tri-match on Saturday and resumes conference play on Tuesday at home at 7pm.
Faces in the crowd...
Thank you to the Binghams for cheering us on. It was their second visit!
September 21, 2011
HCC bounces back and sweeps SFCC. The Lady Hawks used a balanced attack and some timely blocking to secure the victory. "Rachel was pretty good tonight, and we showed a little more passion on defense," explained Larkin. "Every conference match is a challenge and we must be up for it." HCC faces SPC away on Thursday night.
Faces in the crowd...
Myeasha Williams ('09) stopped by practice Monday night...smiling as usual!
Hailey Plunkett ('05) attended tonight's match and enjoyed seeing the new Lady Hawks locker room.
Claudia Cabrera ('10) brought Tony Mountain Dew for his birthday. Happy 30th! jk
Hey!! Have you heard yet ?!! Home volleyball matches may be heard on Hawk Radio. Never miss a point again!
September 16, 2011
The Lady Hawks lose on the road to Polk State in 4. At 23-23 in game 4, HCC had a chance to make it interesting, but it was not meant to be. All players participated in various roles. The Lady Hawks continue conference play next Tuesday. "It's time to get back to work because we all need to be better from coaches down to players," commented Larkin. "We will work hard and be ready to fight next Tuesday. Our fans deserve our very best." HCC hosts SFCC next Tuesday at 7pm.
Guess who checked in...
Leah Buchanan is in town with UWF competing against St. Leo. Good luck!
Kimmy Clark from the 2006 Championship team texted this week and said she looks forward to seeing the new Hawks.
September 14, 2011
HCC misses an opportunity for momentum by losing in 5 to Pasco on their home court. "PHCC wanted it more than us. I'm not sure why, but you have to give credit where credit is due," admitted Larkin.
A huge thank you to Hawk Radio for doing its first ever volleyball broadcast!
Last night's crowd was also the biggest volleyball crowd in history. Thanks to our great fans!
September 9, 2011
HCC moves up to 15 in the NJCCA after winning its home invitational. "Starting the year at 22nd was largely due to the program's history and reputation. Our moving up this week is a reflection of the team's hard work," said Coach Larkin. HCC also has a number of players ranked in national statisical categories. Setter Rachel Powell ranks in the top 5 in assists/set and OH Becca Schnabel ranks in the top 5 in kills/set. OH Jenna Kirkwood ranks in the top 25 in kills/set and Libero Gabi Berrios ranks in the top 25 in digs/set. "We get better every day; that's all I can ask."
September 4, 2011
The Lady Hawks take the home HCC Invitational trophy after sweeping SPC.
The day started with a 4-set win over Webber's JV squad. HCC was led by Becca Schnabel's 18 kills and 13 digs and Jenna Kirkwood's 12 kills. HCC had 11 blocks in the match.
The win set up a meeting with SPC with the championship on the line. HCC came out strong winning the first two sets 25-15, 25-15. The team then rallied and came from behind, sealing the victory with a timely swing by Kirkwood to win set 3 26-24. The Hawks got 11 kills by Kirkwood and Schnabel and another 9.5 pts from Hillary Byrd. The team posted 13 total blocks.
HCC next faces PHCC 9/13 at home at 7pm.
Faces in the crowd: 2009 alumni Erica Medvid and Katlyn Flick
Did you know: 2004 Alumnus Alina Paulsen (Pasciuta) and her husband are moving to Mississippi to open their Chick-fil-A, and they will also welcome a new baby!
2005 alumnus Brittany Hipps will get married next week!
Good luck to all!
September 3, 2011
HCC opened the weekend with a straight set victory over a spirited SFCC squad. "Early in the year, we all ride a roller coaster. Today was no different; we saw flashes of brilliance and flashes of confusion," explained Larkin. The Lady Hawks were led by Becca Schnabel's 15.5 pts and Captain Hillary Byrd's 9 pts. The team had a .440 hitting percentage.
In the second match, HCC faced #25 SCF. In a back and forth affair, the Lady Hawks prevailed in 4 sets. Rachel Powell dished out 48 assists and Becca posted 24 kills. HCC had two others with double digit kills, Jenna Kirkwood with 13 and Nicole Higgins with 10.
HCC improves to 3-3.
August 31, 2011
The Lady Hawks finished its scrimmage season with a home match vs. St. Leo. "It was an excellent test against a well-coached team," explained Larkin. "We played with passion and determination. I was very pleased with the product last night." OH Becca Schnabel Had 19 kills and Libero Gabi Berrios had 38 digs. HCC hosts an invitational starting this Friday at 11:30am.
August 28, 2011
The Lady Hawks return from Iowa Western with a great deal of experience. HCC started the tournament playing #1 WNCC tough but falling in 4 close sets. HCC was the only team to take a set off the Cougars. The Lady Hawks followed it up with an impressive sweep of power Missouri St. West Plains. "WNCC was very polished for this stage in the season and Missouri St. was very athletic, so I was very pleased with our first day," explained Coach Larkin. On day 1, HCC was led by setter Rachel Powell and OH Becca Schnabel. On day 2, HCC faced #15 Jefferson and #4 IWCC but came out flat losing both. "We return only one impact player from 2010, so it will take a little time for players to grow into their roles," remarked Larkin. "This weekend was both humbling and inspiring." OH Shelby Smith stood out on Day 2 for her high energy and intensity. HCC is currently ranked 22nd and is 1-3.
August 24, 2011
HCC scrimmaged UT last night as its last preparation for the IWCC Invitational. "We are grateful that UT invited us. The scrimmages we have played were extremely challenging and should prepare us for anything we might see in Iowa," remarked Larkin. The Lady Hawks played some good games taking one and staying close in a couple of others. "It's for real now. We just have to step off that plane confident in the work we have done and confident of the players and team that we have become."
August 22, 2011
HCC was grateful to host Florida Southern last night. "Southern is poised to have a great year. With so many returning seniors, Coach Jill will have them at the top of the DII poll," said Larkin. HCC played a little bit of a roller coaster match, but the Lady Hawks played courageous defense on their way to winning a couple of games. "It was another great learning experience for our new starters and our incoming freshmen."
August 19, 2011
The Lady Hawks scrimmaged CCC last night. Coach Larkin remarked, "We're very thankful to have hosted CCC as they are always disciplined and determined." Under casual conditions, HCC found some rhythm on offense and played very scrappy defense, winning the first four games. "I was very happy with our communication and the way Rachel [Powell] spread the ball around," said Larkin. The Lady Hawks also posted 10 blocks and 16 aces. "We all just want to play someone other than ourselves at this point in the season. We learned a lot."