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Summer Volleyball: Nature Coast Tech brings in alumni, current players for camp

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Summer is for summer camps, and as fall sports are less than a month away, the opportunity to build athletic skills in coordination and defining fundamental structure is essential for the growth of any athlete at any age. Nature Coast Tech and Springstead opened their gyms over the summer to offer volleyball camps for middle school students.

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Our first camp stop is the Sharks’ gym. On July 8th, NCT coach Emily Gore led the Sharks volleyball camp with the help and support of current and alumni players. “I feel very blessed to get to have our current and former players join in on teaching and guiding younger players.  Some of these athletes make the best coaches because they have a ton of experience and knowledge to pass on,” Gore stated. 

Former NCT player Karla Cantero made her appearance to help Coach Gore with instructing the camp. “I reached out to Karla Cantero who is currently playing beach volleyball at Palm Beach Atlantic,” Gore stated, “She does a phenomenal job with the younger girls.” 

Karla entered the volleyball program her Freshman year in 2016 and advanced to varsity a year later. She mentioned how her experience under the leadership of Coach Gore led her to become a collegiate player and ultimately she chose to pursue volleyball over soccer. 

Cantero appreciates the opportunity to tell these players what she knows about the sport.

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“I think it’s just seeing myself in them and what I would have wanted to hear as a player. It’s nice to be in that position of being a coach to help them hone their skills. So the things that I took in from Gore and even now, it’s nice to put that into a new player,” Cantero said. “I know that those girls, all they want to do is learn. It’s kind of nice to see another version of me that’s younger that still wants to learn, and I love being that coach for them.”

“I think it’s always good to help give back to where you first started. I would never be where I am without her [Coach Gore] and her leadership,” Cantero added. Having the opportunity to share these experiences with current and even future players to add to the roster is instrumental in designing a long-term relationship between coaches and players. 

“My focus and goal for this camp is to give the girls a solid base of fundamentals and also challenge them with skills that will help them now as middle school players and into the future as they move into high school,” stated Gore. Keeping student-athletes active and engaged over the summer keeps them focused on the upcoming season, especially recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic. “We are getting very excited for next year’s season.  We made it through a tough one last season and have some great new girls coming in and a solid group of returners to hopefully improve on last year’s results,” Gore stated. 

NCT takes on Weeki Wachee on their home court on August 25th at 6:30 pm.


Alice Mary Herden
Alice Mary Herden is an award-winning professional photographer and writer focusing on nature and wildlife. From 2008 to 2021, Alice has owned Green-Fly Media LLC, a freelance photography business. She freelanced for Hernando Sun for five years covering sports, community, and environmental reporting. Alice was nominated for Agricultural & Environmental Reporting for articles published in Hernando Sun in the Florida Press Association Weekly Newspaper Contest. She placed second for Agricultural & Environmental Reporting and was awarded first place in Portfolio Photography in 2018 and took home first place in 2019. She was awarded the Robert J. Ellison Memorial Award for Portfolio Photography in 2018. She published three online magazines, Voices to Visions, a Dust and Shadows Magazine, which featured haunted locations and interviews with paranormal celebrities. Football Magazine was the first minor league football magazine in the state of Florida based on the United Football Federation football league that featured game coverage, interviews including former NFL players and College Coaches. She also created RAW- Real Amazing Wildlife featured nature and wildlife photography. Since 2015, Alice has been a volunteer at Chinsegut Conservation Center located in Brooksville, Florida. She helps with programs as well as organizing nature photography workshops. Alice is also a co-organizer for the yearly event ‘Chinsegut Wildlife Day’ and the ‘Wild Florida’ Photography Exhibit. Alice obtained two career diplomas, Wildlife/Forestry Conservation and Freelance Writing, from Penn Foster in 2019. She completed the Florida Master Naturalist Program core module courses: Upland, Freshwater, and Coastal Systems through the adult education UF/IFAS Extension program to obtain her Master Naturalist certification in September of 2020. She completed the Land Steward and Restoration Courses to obtain her title as an Advanced Master Naturalist. In September of 2020, Alice enrolled in a course at Cornell Lab Bird Academy to obtain her certification in Ornithology: Comprehensive Bird Biology, which she completed in October 2020. In January of 2021, Alice was hired for a part-time position with FWC as an Educational Specialist and in June of 2021 hired as Sponsored Project OPS for UF/IFAS in Hernando County. She is back writing for Hernando Sun and continues to publish photography and nature writing on her blog- FloridaNature.Net. Alice is married to Donald Herden Jr and resides in Weeki Wachee, Florida, with their two dogs, Bree and Willow.
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