With only three players on the bench, it was going to be tough for the Cougars to compete.
Spanish Springs opened the match with the first two points, but a kill and an ace by Shannon Dugan tied up Game 1 at 2-2. That was the last time the game was tied.
The Cougars were as close as one point, 10-9, later in the first game. However, Douglas gave itself a comfortable cushion by scoring the next three points, capped by another Dugan thundering kill. It was still a two-point game as late as 15-13, following a Rachel Loadholt kill. The visitors then scored five of the next six points to pull away for good. The final 25-17 margin was the largest of the first game.
After the Tigers stormed out of the gates to score the first five points of Game 2, it looked like the hard-hitting squad would cruise. That was far from the case thanks to an inspired effort by the Purple and White.
Despite leading 18-14, everything started to unravel for Douglas, from mis-hitting balls to simply not communicating and letting balls hit the floor between two players.
Spanish Springs took advantage of this by tallying the next seven points to snare a 21-18 edge.
The Cougars still had a good shot to knot the match at one game apiece by holding a 23-21 lead. Although the Tigers came back and tied it at 23-23, Spanish Springs forced a sideout and was one point away from winning Game 2. The home team then watched as Douglas scored the final three points to win.
“You’ve got to give them credit. They’re a good team. They haven’t lost to a 4A team yet,” Sandomenico said. “I don’t want to take anything away from them. We’ll get better though.”
Spanish Springs didn’t have much left in the tank for the third game. After Douglas rallied for six straight points to break an 8-8 deadlock, the Cougs never threatened again.
The Tigers pushed the gap to double digits for the first time on the night when a Spanish Springs pass went over the net and Brenna White was there to knock down an athletic kill for a 23-13 lead.
The SSHS spikers didn’t impress on the stat sheet. Melly Munley had eight of the team’s 26 kills. Loadholt, and Myrissa and Morgan Prince all added four kills. Lyndsey Anderson finished with 23 assists.
As a team, Spanish Springs only had four aces.
The Cougars (16-7, 6-5 in league) are off until they travel to Carson Tuesday for a 6 p.m. match.
- Reed def. Galena -
•At Galena, in the biggest example of the Raiders’ no-quit attitude, the Blue and Gold dropped the first two games only to stun the Grizzlies in five: 19-25, 16-25, 25-15, 25-18, 15-10.
“This team really doesn’t give up and they play hard,” Reed volleyball coach Kristen Flagtvedt said. “In the first two games, we didn’t play poorly, but we couldn’t make a few plays and we strung too many errors together. We also didn’t have the intensity we needed. In the third game, the pressure was on us and we knew it could be done quick. We started playing the way we should have been and came back and did their job.”
Leading the way for Reed was Kendra Davis, who knocked down 18 kills and added eight blocks.
Olivia Emerson and Meghan Rader were also part of the trio of Raiders with double-digit kills. Emerson had 15 and Rader had 10 in the win. Rachel LeSage handed out 25 assists to go with her team-high four aces. Kyndal Comphel added 18 assists.
On defense, Cheyenne Faanes lifted up 27 digs, while Alicia Lee finished with 17.
Reed (16-7, 7-4 in league) is on the road again Thursday at Reno.