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Spanish Springs spikers spank Damonte
by Dan Eckles
Sep 27, 2012 | 2786 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Spanish Springs volleyball team has only won 20 matches in a season twice. The Cougars made sure of that second season by dumping Damonte Ranch in three games Thursday night at home.

The 25-19, 25-9, 25-21 triumph gave the SSHS spikers their second-straight 20-win season as they improved to 20-4 overall and 7-1 in conference clashes.

"I felt like our energy was a little down," Spanish Springs coach Frank Sandomenico said. "But that happens sometimes at this time of the year. The girls played well. It's hard to be too critical."

Spanish Springs scored four of the first five points in Game 1, but the quick start did not faze Damonte. The Mustangs hung around, even taking a 13-12 lead after a Spanish Springs player was called for contacting the net.

However, the Cougars responded by scoring the next four points and did not trail again in the game. Game 1 was still tight as Damonte faced only a 19-17 deficit after a kill by Morgan Miller. That's as good as it got for the guests in Game 1. Spanish Springs ripped off a 6-2 spurt to capture the win.

Game 2 was never close. Spanish Springs reeled off an 8-0 to open the contest. A 5-4 Damonte run left the visitors down 12-5, but there was no turning the tide.

The Cougars scored the next five points, pushing their advantage to 17-5. They also scored five of the final six points in Game 2 en route to the 25-9 romp.

"I thought we got off to a great start in that second game," Sandomenico said. "And then later in the match, our kids who don't get to play a lot, got to play and did well. I was real pleased with the efforts of those kids."

Damonte Ranch regrouped for Game 3 to make the score look more competitive but it could not avoid the sweep. Spanish Springs built a 15-11 lead but the Mustangs had some fight left, trimming the SSHS lead to 21-18. The regional foes traded the next six points to a 24-21 score, but Melly Munley ended the match with a kill for the Cougars.

"Spanish Springs is a great team and we were trying some different combinations," Damonte Ranch coach Dani Wallace said. "We battled in the first game and then we had some letdowns with our passing in the second game so we couldn't run our offense. In the third game we picked it back up. Spanish Springs just has a lot of weapons."

Rachel Loadholt paced the Cougars' offense, pounding a match high 15 kills in the win. Munley chipped in nine kills and five digs. Lyndsey Anderson gave away 19 assists while Hannah Meadows contributed 12.

Spanish Springs returns to action Tuesday when it travels across town to play rival Reed at 6 p.m.

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