Cougars coach Frank Sandomenico thought his team played scared in a four-game loss at perennial state power Manogue Tuesday. However, there was none of that Thursday against struggling Hug as the SSHS spikers rolled to a sweep, winning all three games by 16 or more points.
"It was nice. We got to play everybody," Sandomenico said. "We got to play people at different positions. We had some games early in the year that when our intensity wasn't there, we didn't play well. That wasn't the case tonight. It's hard to win against air by 20."
In the first game, Spanish Springs cruised out to a 21-7 advantage. Junior middle blocker Gabby Szachara killed two of the final five points and the Cougars had the 25-9 victory.
The second game wasn't any closer. Spanish Springs scored the first three points of Game 2 en route to building an 11-1 lead. Myrissa Prince served the last eight points of that burst, firing up five consecutive aces at one point.
Next, the two teams traded points in a 6-6 run. Spanish Springs ripped off the next seven points and settled for the 25-9 Game 2 triumph.
Game 3 was not close either. This time, Spanish Springs scored the first five points of the game and eventually led 15-2.
After a Hug point on a Cougars service error, the hosts strung together 10 of the next 12 points and were never threatened.
"It was good to bounce back after Tuesday," Sandomenico said. "We practiced at 4 on Wednesday and by 4:15 we were done with it (the loss to Manogue). It was over with and we had moved on."
Hug could not handle the Spanish Springs service attack. The Cougars drilled 16 aces in the romp.
Hannah Meadows and Lyndsey Anderson each gave away 10 assists in the win. Rachel Loadholt paced the Sparks school with nine kills.
The Cougars improved to 18-4 overall and 5-1 in conference clashes. They will play again Tuesday in a High Desert League match at McQueen.
"We are in the driver's seat," Sandomenico said. "Our goal is to win our division. If we take care of business, we should be fine.
"We just still need to get more consistent and that's the toughest thing."