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Updated: 10/24/2013 08:00:05AM

Overcoming the Indians

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SUN PHOTO BY KATHERINE GODINA Ida Baker's Machaela Sheffield finds the hole between Port Charlotte's Courtney Robertson and Brooklin Sharpe's block during the district quarterfinal match on Tuesday

By Dawn Klemish

Sun Correspondent

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PORT CHARLOTTE — Port Charlotte High School hasn’t beaten Venice in volleyball since the late 1990s, but the Pirates are poised to take their best shot tonight.

“I feel a lot better about it this time around,” said Port Charlotte coach Christine Burkhart, whose team was swept by the Indians in their only meeting this season. “I think the big thing for us is the mental roadblock that it’s Venice, and Venice is always a very good team, but I feel like we’ve gone in and played matches that we’ve had to overcome mental things.”

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