The Cougars were at Hug and improved to 15-7 overall and 5-4 in league play with a 25-5, 25-18, 25-16 victory.
“I felt pretty good. We lost focus there a little bit, but I thought we did OK,” SSHS volleyball coach Frank Sandomenico said. “We tried some new things and put some people in new positions. Overall, I thought we did pretty well.”
The serve-receive game was key for Spanish Springs against the Hawks. The Cougs knocked down 25 aces on the night.
Game 1 was full of big rallies by the visitors. The Cougars jumped out to an early 6-0 lead and later used an 8-0 run to go ahead 17-3.
Three straight aces by Melly Munley were part of a string of seven straight points to end the game.
While the first game was a simple domination, Game 2 was more of a challenge.
Hug closed to within two points at 12-10 in the second game and it was still a two-point game at 17-15. That was as close as the Hawks could get.
Still, Spanish Springs would not pull away until the very end when it tallied five of the final six points.
“We put in a whole new lineup (in Game 2) that we had never used before,” Sandomenico said. “We put in a new serve-receive yesterday. Everything was new. I don’t think it was complacency as much as it was uneasiness and a little confusion.”
The Cougars got a scare to start Game 3. Hug stormed out of the gates with the first four points.
Spanish Springs answered right back with four straight points to knot the score at 4-4. The Cougars could not grab a lead.
The Hawks went up 6-4 before Spanish Springs rallied for six consecutive points and never trailed again. Morgan Prince had five aces during that rally.
A Jessica Voyles ace pulled the home team back to within two points, 11-9, but back-to-back aces by Lyndsey Anderson extended the lead to a 21-12 cushion.
Spanish Springs had its only double-digit advantage of the game at 24-14.
Myrissa Prince was the leader behind the service line, recording eight aces for the Cougars. She also added five kills.
Munley finished the night with six kills and five aces despite only playing in the first two games. Both Anderson and Hannah Meadows handed out 11 assists.
Spanish Springs will host cross-town rival Reed Thursday night at 6 p.m.
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The Raiders had an even easier time of it Tuesday night when they swept the Panthers 25-12, 25-21, 25-10.
Sierra Hooft paved the way with 10 kills, the first time she has led the team in that category.
“She stepped up. She made some really good choices,” Reed coach Kristen Flagtvedt said of Hooft. “When you mix things up like that and you’re swinging well, hopefully it works out for you. Tonight it definitely did for her.”
Kyndal Comphel was solid all-around, contributing 23 assists, five digs and four aces to the home team’s winning cause. Kendra Davis added seven kills and four blocks, while Moriah Maluotoga hammered out six aces.
“We tried some new things in practice and they’re starting to correlate those in the games,” Flagtvedt said. “That’s really made a difference. Our intensity level is higher, and that’s made a difference, too. That definitely helps with our consistency. North Valleys has a brand new coaching staff, and they do a good job with them. They had some good plays and kept us on our toes.”