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NORTH PORT -- After graduating only one starter from last season's Class 5A state volleyball championship team, Venice High picked up where it left off.
The Lady Indians opened the season with a 25-9, 25-9, 25-11 three-game sweep of North Port Tuesday night in a Class 5A-District 12 match at North Port High.
Venice (1-0) used 15 aces, including nine by junior All-State setter Nickie Halbert, en route to the victory.
"We were trying to serve tough," said Venice coach Brian Wheatley. "There are two easy ways to score in volleyball, serving and blocking, and that's what we need to do to be …