“I expected us to be a little sloppy,” Spanish Springs coach Frank Sandomenico said. “It was weird. We were good in Game 1 and sloppy in Game 2. I’m just hoping that five-day break pays off in the long run mentally and physically.”
The Cougars improved to 20-6, 11-2 in the High Desert League with the win.
Gabby Szachara’s eight blocks and seven kills both led the team. Hannah Meadows led the squad with 12 assists and also turned in 11 digs, five kills and an ace.
After the Cougars' last game, a 3-1 thumping at the hands of Galena last Tuesday, Sandomenico said he was going to open a few spots in the starting lineup. Enter Tori Chelini.
“Tori started and she did really well,” Sandomenico said.
Chelini turned in four aces, four digs and a pair of kills, playing a particularly pivotal role in the Game 1 win.
The Cougars served especially well in the win, racking up 13 total aces. Sadye Roulund accounted for six of them
Spanish Springs plays host to Hug Wednesday on Senior Night as 12 seniors will play their final home game in the Spanish Springs gym.
“I have coached these girls since they were in seventh grade, some of them every single year since seventh grade, so it’s going to be a bittersweet night,” Sandomenico said. “I have never heard of a team having 12 seniors before. It’s a special group.”
>At Reed, the Raiders did not fare as well as their rivals, Tuesday, in a five-game loss at home to Damonte Ranch 23-25, 25-23, 13-25, 32-30, 15-7.
Reed fell to 13-9, 7-6 in the HDL with the loss.
“I felt there were moments we played really good and moments we didn’t,” Reed coach Kris Flagtvedt said. “Damonte did a great job continuing to play hard no matter what. I thought when we were under pressure we didn’t rise to the occasion. We didn’t push ourselves like we would have liked.”
In the fourth-game marathon which the Mustangs won 32-30, Flagtvedt said the Raiders forced a number of match points but were unable to put the match away.
“Unfortunately, I thought we couldn’t finish,” Flagtvedt said. “We couldn’t get it done when we needed to.”
Flagtvedt said her girls were drained in the deciding fifth game after putting all their energy into the fourth game.
Mo Maluotoga, an HDL Player-of-the-Year candidate, led the Raiders with a monster night. Maluotoga finished with 21 kills, 21 digs, eight aces and three blocks.
“Mo had a really great game,” Flagtvedt said. “(She had) a lot of really good ups. She had a lot of kills. It’s unfortunate for her to have the numbers she did and still have the loss.”
Kelsey Donahoe led the team with 25 digs and chipped in an ace. Emilie Braun turned in 11 digs.
Reed will attempt to rebound from the loss Thursday at home against McQueen.