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Three sign with local colleges


© St. Petersburg Times, published May 6, 2001

NEW PORT RICHEY -- Ridgewood's Jen Sessa and Tara Pagliaro will remain teammates at the next level.

On Wednesday, Sessa and Pagliaro signed partial scholarships to play for Saint Leo University in the fall.

"They're twin towers," former Ridgewood coach Marlyn Bavetta said. "They're about the same height (6-foot-1). They have a lot of strength."

Meanwhile, Brie Redfield, a River Ridge senior, also decided to stay in the county by signing a partial scholarship with Pasco-Hernando Community College recently. Redfield will join former Ridgewood player Brandy Krieg, who in March signed to play volleyball and softball for PHCC.

Sessa, a middle blocker, led Ridgewood last season with 126 blocks. She also had 120 kills, 139 points and 39 aces.

"She's a tall, strong, athletic girl," Saint Leo coach Bill Lent said. "We expect her to round into a real strong player up front."

A middle hitter, Pagliaro had 107 kills and 77 blocks. The Rams earned points on 96 percent of her serves last season.

"She's got good quickness and a real knack for blocking," Lent said.

Redfield, an outside hitter and four-year varsity starter for the Royal Knights, was a co-captain last season. As a junior, she was second on the team in blocks and kills.

"She's very intense on the court," River Ridge coach Heidi Castelamare said.

"She wants to play hard. She wants to win."

Redfield also wants to play for PHCC coach Sam Cibrone, her Club Tampa coach.

"Sam is awesome," Redfield said.

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