Missing Pirate no hindrance

Published September 27, 2006

CRYSTAL RIVER - Even without star senior Meghan Hirsch, Crystal River dominated Citrus in a three-game sweep.

Wearing a boot on a sprained right ankle that she suffered Monday during a practice scrimmage, Hirsch watched her team from the sideline Tuesday evening.

When asked about the Pirates' performance without Hirsch, coach Meryl Weber said, "They really picked up the slack (and) proved they were a solid team."

Teammate Ashley Clark also said the team responded well in its 25-19, 25-7, 25-17 victory.

"I was really happy," she said. "With the loss of Meghan, it's hard but the people who came in did a good job."

Still, Clark said the Pirates will miss Hirsch.

"It's going to hurt us," Clark said. "It is a loss. It's not like Meghan wasn't a big part of our team."

Pirates senior Brandy Worlton was the real team leader. The fans cheered and waved their black and white flags as she carried Crystal River with her sharp kills.

Worlton may be expected to carry the team a little longer. The Pirates hope to have Hirsch back before districts begin Oct. 16.

But on Tuesday night, at least, all was well. When asked how it felt to lead her team she said, "Well, it felt pretty good."

Simply put by Worlton, but the smile on her face after the game said it all.