Volleyball: Hernando County Top Three Rankings — Aug. 21

Volleyball in Hernando County has the potential to be ultra competitive with the top three programs all capable of beating one another. Check out below to see how they rank to start the season. 

1. Weeki Wachee

For the past two years the Hornets have enjoyed tremendous success, going a combined 36-6. But Weeki Wachee spent the offseason trying to fill holes in its lineup after losing seven players who graduated, nearly all of whom were major contributors. Still, the offense should be efficient with setters Allora Murray (218 assists) and Courtney McDermott (112 assists), who are both back. Other returners include Dylan Efferdink, Trinity Garrison and Morgan Maeder. 

2. Springstead

Though the Eagles finished 10-15 last season, they showed signs of improvement, beating Largo and Nature Coast late in the year. Springstead followed that up with an impressive performance in the preseason by sweeping Anclote. The top two returners for the Eagles are Emily Miller (234 digs, 166 kills) and Isabella Nunag (424 assists, 222 digs). 

3. Nature Coast

The Sharks, who finished 16-12 last season, had four players graduate. The biggest loss was Emma Buscemi, the Prime Time Preps fan vote for player of the year in the county. But there are plenty of veteran leaders who return, including Madalyn Cullum (320 digs, 142 kills) and Adriana Tirado (341 digs)