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Volleyball Match Week- Nature Coast Tech vs Weeki Wachee

Article and Photography  by ALICE MARY HERDEN

The Lady Sharks ended their 5 game winning streak when they hosted Weeki Wachee on Sept. 21. The Lady Hornets won 3-0.

Earlier this season, NCT took some exciting wins over Lecanto.  NCT head coach Emily Gore shares how her team came from behind to beat Lecanto.

“Lecanto was a great comeback…we were down 0-2 and won in 5! They rely on their experience and we just try to narrow our focus and play point by point,” said Gore. 

On Sept. 24, the Lady Sharks participated in the Fivay tournament. A three-game match-up began with Fivay, then proceeded with Ancolote and Sickles. The girls didn’t take home any wins, but the experience was a big plus. 

“The tournaments are a great way to see the competition. That can make you better. It is also 7 matches in 2 days and can be a lot of fun for the team,” explained Gore.

Gore says the team continues to work towards consistency.

“We are trying to strive for consistent play and sometimes that is affected by focus, communication, and playing disciplined (doing the little things that help a team win).”

The Lady Sharks travel to Springstead home court on Tuesday, October 5th.  They play Hernando on 10/6 at home and then Anclote on 10/7, away.  As of 9/28, their record is 10-6.

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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