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Cougars sweep visiting Portola
by Aaron Retherford
Sep 10, 2009 | 636 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune/John Byrne - Spanish Springs sophomore Callie Aberle stretches out to receive a serve during the Cougars' win over Portola Thursday night.
Tribune/John Byrne - Spanish Springs sophomore Callie Aberle stretches out to receive a serve during the Cougars' win over Portola Thursday night.
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One day after being swept in California by Truckee, Spanish Springs returned the favor by sweeping a different California school Thursday night.

While the rest of the High Desert League starting league play, the Cougars were hosting Portola in a non-league volleyball match.

Behind the power of 17 aces, Spanish Springs took down the Tigers in three games: 25-23, 25-19, 25-12.

Stacey Witt was the main force at the service line, recording nine of the Cougars' 17 aces. Witt also helped manufacture some offense with 10 assists, while teammate Lyndsey Anderson had six assists.

Game 1 was close throughout, and the Purple and Teal had to battle back late to steal a win.

Portola was two points away from the win, but a long serve handed the Cougars a sideout and control of the serve trailing 23-21.

Three straight blocks by Spanish Springs gave the hosts the lead at 24-23 and Julianna Waller ended the first game with one of her three kills.

After the Tigers tied Game 2 at 14-14, the Cougars took control and built a nice cushion with four unanswered points.

Spanish Springs scored six of the final eight points in the second game for the win.

Then the Cougs just blew Portola away in the third.

The first six points of Game 3 belonged to Spanish Springs and pretty soon the local school was up 9-1 and never looked back.

A Waller ace pushed the advantage to double digits, 18-8. The lead grew to a game-high 23-9, and Portola's Lindsey Compton tried to start a rally with a couple kills. However, a long serve by the Tigers ended the match.

"I felt good. I was real happy with the way we served. We were aggressive serving," SSHS volleyball coach Frank Sandomenico said. "We did what we had to do. We had a couple close games early. They probably were a little closer than they should have been, but we got the win, which was nice after losing a few in a row."

Callie Aberle led the Cougars with five kills, while Emily Meister and Melissa Munley added four and three kills respectively.

Spanish Springs (5-6) starts league play with defending HDL champ Reno at 6 p.m. Monday night at home.

"I kind of wish we had the Yerington tournament before league because we just need to play. We're just so inexperienced," Sandomenico said. "I wish we had another week. I'm not going to lie to you. But we just need to show up and play."
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