Springstead has been actively competing in beach volleyball for a couple of years now. With this being the first year FHSAA is sanctioning the sport, Nature Coast Tech and Weeki Wachee have also joined in on the competition.
Fairly new to beach volleyball, Nature Coast Tech’s Athletic Director and Coach, Emily Gore, made the transition from playing on laminated flooring to sand quite easily. She has coached volleyball in the gym for many years and getting outdoors has been a great experience. “I get to coach the same girls from volleyball, and for some players, beach volleyball is a good way to get stronger for indoor,” Gore said. “We have six of our ten girls that are sophomores, so they are young and can definitely help build for the next two seasons.”
Bishop McLaughlin Catholic hosts most of the games scheduled for Weeki Wachee, Springstead, and Nature Coast Tech, plus they are a competitive opponent. Coach Gore stated, “We know BMCHS is a tough matchup that we haven’t faced yet. The goal is to learn, continue to improve, have fun, and winning has become another goal now that we have started 3-0.”
The Lady Sharks traveled to Ocala to compete in a tri-match with Dunnellon and West Port on March 29. They will face Bishop McLaughlin Catholic for a neutral game on April 6 at 4 pm, just two weeks before another tri-match on April 20 against Bishop McLaughlin Catholic and Springstead.