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The Leopards have an easy time with Springstead, winning in three games.
By DEREK LaRIVIERE
Published September 15, 2006
SPRING HILL - Hernando continued its impressive district run to start the season Thursday night, defeating county rival Springstead on the road in straight games.
The Leopards won 25-17, 25-19 and 25-13.
Hernando (8-2, 6-1 Class 4A, District 8) was led by captain Cheyenne Sellers. Sellers contributed a match-high 14 kills and four aces. In the first and second games, she had six kills each, leading the Leopards through some dry spells.
The critical point in the match came in the second game with Springstead going on a run and being down only 18-17 to Hernando. Hernando coach Christy Brown called a timeout to regroup her players.
The Leopards proceeded to go on a 7-2 run to end the game.
"Our biggest issue through the first games of the season has been communication," Brown said. "We put a lot of emphasis on that in practice, and it paid off tonight."
Middle blocker Cassie Davidson also made a solid impact for Hernando. Davidson was credited with seven kills and an ace.
Springstead (2-6, 2-5) was led by Lindsay Markford, who led the Eagles in kills. Markford was hit in the face with the ball early in the first game and the outside hitter still totaled four kills.
Off the bench, back row member Mary Schuetter led the team with two aces.
"This is a more confident Hernando team than we saw earlier in the season at their place," Springstead coach Jessica Allnutt said.
The Leopards head up to Crystal River on Saturday for the Pirates' round-robin tournament, which should be a true test for the current district leaders.