Instead of peaking, Nature Coast crashed.
A once promising season ended in Orlando where Bishop Moore swept the Sharks out of the Class 4A region quarterfinals Tuesday night 25-17, 25-13, 25-19.
Sharks coach Dan Murphy questioned himself afterward, wondering if he had challenged his players. He also questioned, in retrospect, the Sharks' weak schedule. Nature Coast (24-4) enjoyed a regular season that included just three dropped games in district play. But the Sharks began to fall apart in the district tournament, getting swept by Hudson in the final.
"Instead of peaking we pooped," Murphy said. "The last three matches of the season they basically died."
Against Bishop Moore (22-7), the Sharks led briefly in Game 1, then quickly fell behind and did not lead the remainder of the night. Sharks junior Alex Livengood had 10 kills, one block and one ace. Senior Kayla Bailey had five kills and three blocks. And freshman Courtney Liddle had eight kills.
The Sharks lose six seniors including four starters.