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Tue. September 14, 2010 | Derek J. LaRiviere

SPRING HILL — Coming off a weekend where it came in second in its own tournament, defeating the former kingpin of Hernando County along the way in Nature Coast, Springstead was “exhausted” in the words of coach Darcy Hinton.

Maybe the Eagles should be motivated by exhaustion more often. They were able do something Tuesday night that they weren’t able to do all of last year: beat rival Central.

Springstead dominated the Bears with a sweep, 25-12, 25-14, 25-14.

Central (2-8) had difficulty even returning serves of the Eagles players. In only three sets, Springstead (7-1) amassed 21 aces, including a match-high six from libero Marissa Welch.

What has impressed Hinton this season is the evolution of the offense. In the opener against Hernando, the Eagles struggled to find a groove in their four-set win, but Springstead looked like a well-oiled machined as multiple hitters stroked kills from all angles in Tuesday’s Class 5A, District 7 match.

“These girls have been fast learners,” Hinton said. “The stars have aligned for us. It makes the game more fun for them when they can experiment a little bit.”

Junior hitters Megan Morrison (match-high nine kills, one ace) and Carly Wiggins (seven kills, five aces) led the attack.

The Eagles now set their sights on Thursday’s game at Hudson.

“We go into that gym and see those banners,” Hinton said. “We’ve never beaten (Hudson) before, but right now everything is going according to plan.”

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