Springstead volleyball coach Darcy Hinton said it was unlikely junior middle hitter Megan Morrison will be healthy enough to play for the Eagles in the postseason.
Morrison, the Eagles leader in kills (149) and aces (39), severely sprained her ankle in a loss to Nature Coast on October 11. Hinton had hoped Morrison might be able to return to the Eagles lineup should they advance out of the district tournament but now doesn't appear optimistic.
"She'll be reevaluated again next week, but unfortunately, I don't think she'll be able to play for us."
Carly Wiggins, who is also less than 100% with a calf injury, will slide into Morrison's spot in the middle after spending most of the season at outside hitter. With Springstead's district tournament starting on Tuesday, the Eagles will get a chance to test their revamped lineup this weekend at the third annual Lakeland Invitational. Springstead is one of eight teams in the tournament and will play four matches, including pool matches against George Jenkins, Sarasota Riverview and Haines City.
"When I first scheduled this tournament, I was a little worried that it was so close to districts," Hinton said. "But now we're grateful because we're using a different lineup now without Megan, and we really need the girls to feel confident going into districts."
Lakeland, Riverview, Strawberry Crest and Sarasota are the other four teams in this weekend's tournament at Lakeland High. The championship is set for noon on Saturday.