By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published November 15, 2002
Class 5A State Tournament
WHERE: Lakeland Center.
PARKING: $5 per day
ADMISSION: $7 per session.
SCHEDULE: Today -- Niceville (20-12) vs. Durant (27-6), 4 p.m.; East Lake (24-7) vs. Boynton Beach (23-8), 8:30. Saturday -- Final, 8:30.
East Lake Roster Starting Lineup
- Carla Tagarelli, S, Sr.: Feeding the ball to hitters, Tagarelli piled up the assists and was the team leader with 477.
- Kelleigh O'Neill, OH, Sr.: A second-team all-county selection, O'Neill leads the team in aces (51) and digs (202) and is second in kills (168).
- Melissa Roberts, OH, Sr.: Named to the all-tournament team in Fort Myers, Roberts leads the team in kills (230) and is second in aces (50).
- Shardae Thorne, OH, Jr.: Known mostly for her play on defense, Thorne is second in digs (124) and aces (28).
- Mary McNicol, MH, Sr.: An Eckerd College signee, McNicol is second in blocks (30) and fourth in kills (95).
- Chelsea Lazar, MH, Jr.: Taking the place of departed Nicole Britenriker, Lazar is the leader in blocks (68) and third in kills (165).
- Lauren Neel, OH, Sr.: Inserted into the lineup in the back row, Neel has come through on defense with 106 digs and with her serves (21 aces).
- Stacie Knight, Heather Lange, Erin Chenderlin, Alana Yasso, Lauren Neal, Carly Neal, Michelle Ferguson.
- Head coach: Terry Small.
- Assistants: Barb Small, Andrew Wilson, Dan Chapman.
- 1995: Beat Bloomingdale 15-3, 12-15, 15-7; beat Orlando Edgewater 15-5, 15-11; Beat Pensacola Escambia 15-3, 15-7; Lost to Cooper City 14-16, 5-15.
- 1996: Beat Bradenton Southeast 15-4, 15-5; Lost to Orlando Edgewater 6-15, 16-18.
- 1997: Beat Bloomingdale 15-11, 16-14; Lost to Palm Bay 11-15, 8-15.
- 1998: Beat Bloomingdale 15-11, 16-14; Lost to Stuart Martin County 7-15, 4-15.
- 2001: Beat Seminole 15-6, 15-7; Beat Punta Gorda Charlotte 15-8, 15-6; Beat Fort Myers 15-12, 15-12; Lost to Durant 6-15, 15-13, 13-15.
- 2002: Beat Northeast 15-5, 15-4; Beat Punta Gorda Charlotte 15-2, 15-10; Beat Clearwater 15-7, 16-14.
The team has asked for the same bus driver and the players will sit in the same seats and will wear the same clothes. If the Eagles win and advance to the championship match, the players and coaches will eat at the same restaurant.
"I guess we get a little more superstitious around this time of year," East Lake coach Terry Small.
One of the things Small has made sure he does is shake East Lake baseball coach Lee Byers' hand during school the day of each match.
"I know he'll waiting for me today to come and do it," Small said.
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