For most of the match, the Purple and Silver appeared dominant, overpowering the Colts during long stretches that inevitably swayed the sets in favor of Spanish Springs 25-12, 25-18 and 25-16. At times though, the Cougars took the court and seemed out of sorts, playing lethargic and making mental mistakes. Spanish Springs coach Frank Sandomenico attributed the out-of-character performance to the Cougs’ play in practice.
“We just had a really poor practice yesterday and I think it carried over into today. We just didn’t come ready to practice yesterday,” Sandomenico said. “Sometimes, the only time you can get better is in practice and we didn’t take advantage of that. We can’t do that. We can’t miss opportunities to get better. We went light on Monday because we’ve played so much volleyball and then yesterday we were hoping to have a good practice, but we just didn’t.
“I just thought we served and passed at a really poor level. It was really frustrating. We found a way to win but it was a pretty lack luster performance,to say the least. We looked slow and just not into it. We still got a win, buthopefully we can learn from it.”
Game 1 saw the two teams go back-and-forth as Wooster took an early 8-7 edge. That’s when the familiar Cougar form kicked in as Spanish Springs went on a 15-1 run to grab a 22-9 advantage and put the set out of reach. A lengthy meeting between officials about a change between players was the only thing that was able to halt the rally, but it could not prevent the eventual Game 1 victory for the Cougars, 25-12.
Similar to the first set, the sides battled to start Game 2 as Spanish Springs took an 8-7 lead. Four unanswered points from the Colts swung momentum to the hosts at 11-8. Unfortunately for Wooster, it was short lived as SSHS again caught fire with a 13-1 run, jumping ahead 21-12 before coasting to the 25-18 win in Game2.
While the play of his team was not up to par for Sandomenico in the first two sets, Game 3 was by far the worst for Spanish Springs.
Taking advantage of a handful of Cougar errors, WHS bolted out to an 8-2 lead in the third set. A timeout slowed the Colts a bit as the squads traded points en route to an 11-6 score. Like the first two sets, that is when the Cougars awoke from their slumber, erupting for another large run, this time a spurt of 12-1 that gave the visitors an 18-12 lead. After the next three points were exchanged back-and-forth, Spanish Springs tallied five straight points to put the sweep a point away. With an assist from Lyndsey Anderson, Bayley Broadwater secured the 25-16 win with a kill just out of reach of a diving Colt.
While there were many areas Sandomenico said the Cougars need to address following the match, it was not all bad. Sandomenico said he was pleased with the energy from the bench in the game, which is a subject Spanish Springs has talked about before.
Anderson led the way for the Cougars, passing out 22 assists to go with six kills. Hannah Meadows notched 14 assists of her own, as well as seven digs and a pair of kills. Melly Munley had a match-high 12 kills, while Rachel Loadholt had eight kills and digs each, alongside four aces. Brandi Brucato also marked four aces and nine digs.
Spanish Springs (15-3, 2-0 NND1) will next take the court at home on Tuesday agains tNorth Valleys. The match is set to start at 6 p.m.
Reed def. Douglas.
The Reed Raiders’ volleyball squad was also in action on Thursday, taking on Douglas in a crossover match. After hitting the road to visit the Tigers, the Lady Raiders returned home with a 3-1 match victory by a score of 25-11, 24-26, 25-23 and 25-22.
“We came out really strong for our first game, but then we kind of lost our momentum going into the second,” Reed coach Kristen Flagtvedt said. “They actually won the second and we didn’t really have any answers. We won the third and fourth after that though. Douglas is a scrappy team and they have a strong defense. When we weren’t getting some kills in there, we kind of fell apart a little bit so we kind of had to work back into it. I thought that they got their consistency back toward the end and were able to finish the game. I was happy with that, but we definitely need to work on: if something’s not working, we have to be able to change it up to find something else that will.”
Katelyn Singer had 11 kills to lead the Raiders, while Moriah Maluotoga tallied nine.
Taylor Stefan dealt out 33 assists in the match. Taylor Whitehead helped the cause with 21 digs.
Reed (12-6, 2-0 NND1) welcomes Reno to its court Tuesday for a match at 6 p.m.