MCC's Barrett leads All-Space Coast Volleyball Team

MCC's Barrett leads All-Space Coast Volleyball Team

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MCC's Barrett leads All-Space Coast Volleyball Team

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Kiara Barrett

Kiara Barrett

You might think Kiara Barrett, daughter of a volleyball coach, was destined to obsession with that sport from early childhood, but the Melbourne Central Catholic senior setter had other ideas.

Barrett tried tennis in the seventh grade and played basketball until her sophomore year. Even now, she is prepping for the coming Hustlers softball season, mostly as a centerfielder.

She did, however, make volleyball her specialty.

Barrett established an MCC record for aces in a season last fall with 123, averaged 7.6 assists a game and will report to Florida Atlantic University next school year to play college ball.

For her 2014 season, Barrett has been named the FLORIDA TODAY Volleyball Player of the Year.

“Her game really started to blossom. She got a little bigger physically, which helped,” said dad Patrick Barrett. “Toward the middle of her sophomore season, she started playing higher on the net. She’s also gotten just a little more confidence in what she did.”

The scholarship came about as a result of an FAU camp the 5-foot-10 Barrett attended via a chance phone call. She called the school curious about its interest and got some positive feedback. She got plenty more after attending the camp.

“The main thing was that I’m already familiar with setting the middles,” Barrett said.

“(The FAU coaches also liked) my awareness of the court, knowing who’s blocking and the matchups with the hitters.”

All of that came together for the 2014 season, helping push a talented MCC team through two rounds of the playoffs to a regional final.

“I think we knew we had bigger potential,” she said, “but we were very happy. Based on previous years, it was a huge step.”

Kiana Barrett

Kiana Barrett

First team

Kiara Barrett

Senior, Melbourne CC

Anna Garrett

Anna Garrett

Anna Garrett

Junior, Merritt Island

Skylar Lierse

Senior, Merritt Island

Rachel Petkosh

Senior, Merritt Island

Rachel Petkosh

Rachel Petkosh

Olivia Powers

Junior, Merritt Island

Christian

Kiersten Rosa

Kiersten Rosa

Kiersten Rosa

Senior, Astronaut

Alana Shoff

Alana Shoff

Alana Shoff

Senior, Melbourne CC

Angie Patrick

Angie Patrick

Angie Patrick

Coach, Merritt Island

Second team

J’ena Baker

Jr., Rockledge

Cailea Gibbs

Jr., Viera

Giao Huynh

Fr., West Shore

Macy Phillips

Soph., Merritt Island Christian

Claudia Poulos

Sr., Holy Trinity

Summer Seage

Sr., Edgewood

Alyssa Zwolensky

Soph., Merritt Island

Honorable mention

Samantha Bitner

Soph., Titusville

Sarah Hoenigmann

Sr., Covenant Christian

Raquel Kulak

Sr., Melbourne CC

Rasheena Mansel

Sr., Rockledge

Jennifer Ryan

Sr., Holy Trinity

Tess Tuerlings

Sr., Cocoa Beach

Kristen Vanderveer

Sr., Eau Gallie

Contact McCallum at 321-242-3698 or bmccallum@floridatoday.com. Follow him at http://www.facebook.com/FLtoday.brianmccallum and on Twitter @Brian_McCallum.

Olivia Powers

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