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Volleyball Match Week- Springstead vs Lecanto

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Article and Photography by ALICE MARY HERDEN

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Springstead started off the week of Sept. 20 by hosting a volleyball match against Lecanto Monday night. They fell 3-0 to Lecanto but traveled to Crystal River on Tuesday, Sept. 21, to take home a win.   On Thurs. Sept. 23, Springstead lost to Hernando High.  As of Sept. 27, their record is 6-9.

 At the beginning of September, the Lady Eagles participated in the KSA (Kaylee Scholarship Association) Tournament, a three-day event in Orlando. 

Coach Andrea Gracey remarked, “The KSA (Kaylee Scholarship Association) Tournament in Orlando was a great experience with high-caliber teams from out of state and in-state. We didn’t leave with the results we wanted but we definitely used that experience to prepare us for future games and preparing for the district tournament.”

“I think all games we are using as stepping stones to be better than we were the day before. Slowly we are figuring it out but when we have those moments these girls play to their full potential. It’s incredible to watch.”

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Lynae James, a junior, is an impressive blocker at the net and a dedicated player according to coach Gracey.

“Lynae! She is actually a transfer from Central and has been a fantastic addition to the program. Her work ethic is incredible and she listens to what the coaching staff has to say for her to work on improving. She adds so much energy on and off the court and it’s been amazing to see her fit so well into this program with this being her first year being an eagle. It makes me wish I had her freshman and sophomore year! But 2 years is better than none.”

Springstead is a young team, with one senior, five juniors, six sophomores, and two freshmen. To finish off the season, Coach Gracey says they are focusing on consistency and maturity to come out on top in tight matches. 

“These girls just put in the work with the drills we run in practice to prepare them for those tough game situation moments. The thing we are working most on now is the consistency and the confidence to have mental toughness and maturity in those tight game moments. This is a very young team so that’s the toughest thing to ‘teach.’ I have to give a huge shoutout to the coaching staff of the program though. We are so like-minded with our philosophy of coaching but we all bring strengths to the table in different aspects (of the) game and positions of volleyball. I know that’s another reason these girls are getting better every single day. It’s a team effort and I am so proud of how far we have come, but still, lots to work on to prepare for district week.”

Springstead travels south for a volleyball tournament at Shorecrest Prep in St. Petersburg on Friday, Oct. 1, then Oct 2. and Oct. 5 they take on NCT at Springstead.

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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