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Nature Coast eases past hobbled Springstead

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Mon. October 11, 2010 | Derek J. LaRiviere

BROOKSVILLE — While Nature Coast walked out of Monday night’s match with a major boost in confidence, injuries was the theme for Springstead.

The Sharks, looking to avenge a loss to their county rivals from one month ago, swept the Eagles 25-16, 25-12, 25-11.

Springstead (14-2), already without co-captain Carly Wiggins, lost kills leader Megan Morrison to an ankle injury in the first game. Without their top hitter, the Eagles were unable to combat Nature Coast (13-2) up front.

“This was a big goal as far as the county championship,” Nature Coast coach Emily Gore said, “but we can’t take anything for granted. We have to continue to push, and we have to continue to work.”

Courtney Liddle led the home team with 13 kills, while Lauren Powell chipped in with 17 assists. Courtney Skinner topped Nature Coast with five aces, and Alexis Coscia had 13 digs.

The Sharks faced Eagles exactly one month earlier during a tournament at Springstead. Nature Coast was eliminated handily, and that motivated the squad going forward. It is currently on an eight-match winning streak that started right after the loss.

“As the coach I can look ahead, but the girls have to take it day by day,” Gore said. “High school athletes have to narrow their focus.”

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