Springstead's Mannino expected to return next week

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Tue. October 4, 2011 | Matt Baker | Email

What seemed like a cruel case of deja vu turned into a minor scare for Springstead’s volleyball team.

Eagles middle hitter Zoe Mannino went down with a knee injury last week, and Springstead immediately feared the worst. But an MRI this week revealed that Mannino, an all-North Suncoast honorable mention pick last year, had only sprained her meniscus.

She could return as soon as Wednesday against rival Nature Coast.

“That was kind of a concerning moment there last week,” Eagles coach Tim Harris said.

Mannino’s injury came a year after star junior Megan Morrison severely sprained her ankle near the end of the regular season.

If Mannino returns as expected, Springstead (13-4) could be set for another strong season. The Eagles played some of the country’s top squads at Berkeley Prep’s tournament and won last week’s Bayshore Christian Invitational over a good Wharton team, thanks in part to another strong performance by outside hitter Marissa Welch.

Harris’ team has a few more tests before the playoffs begin, including two matchups against Hudson and next week’s showdown with the Sharks.

“I think we’ll be ready,” Harris said. “It’ll be much nicer if we have that 6-foot middle (hitter) back there.”

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