Springstead mustered a fourth-place finish in the Fivay High School Classic Volleyball Tournament on Saturday, dropping the third-place game to the host Lady Falcons, 25-19, 25-21.
"I thought we played well, but we could've played better," Springstead head coach Noemi Rivera said after her team went 2-3 in the tournament.
Springstead (8-5) lacked offense against the hard-hitting Lady Falcons, getting just seven kills from Marisa Welch.
However, Rivera's optimism is high, as the team relies on my underclassmen.
"We're young, very young," Rivera added. "We have just two seniors, so they have to shoulder a lot, but we'll just get better as we go on.
"We may have been a little tired, but if we are, then conditioning is going to be stepped up."
The Lady Eagles dropped a semifinal match to Lecanto, 25-18, 23-25, 15-11, to face Fivay.
Central was able to take the Gold consolation bracket by topping Sunlake, 25-17, 24-26, 15-7, and finished 3-2 in the tournament.
Central (6-7) lost in the quarterfinals of the Gold bracket early Saturday, losing to Lecanto, 27-25, 17-25, 15-11.
The Lady Bears were led by Samantha Bishop, who had 16 kills, while Julie Waugh had four aces.
However, Central did come back later in the day to top Hernando, 26-24, 21-25, 15-11. The Lady Leopards (6-9) went 2-2 in the tournament.
"I thought we played Fivay good, but we're still trying to find some consistency," said Central head coach Anthony DiSciascio, who returned to the program two weeks ago when Alyson Wagoner resigned. "They're still trying to adjust to getting a new coach in the middle of the season and we're still trying to figure out where we are. We'll get there."
Weeki Wachee finished second in the Silver bracket due a forfeit, as Pasco failed to show up for the tournament.
However, the Lady Hornets (1-14) were not successful in pool play Friday, dropping their two matches, and combined to go 1-3 over the two days.