The showdown didn’t quite live up to expectations.
Douglas, the No. 1-ranked high school volleyball team in the state according to Maxpreps, and Spanish Springs, No. 4 in the state, faced off Tuesday at Spanish Springs.
The Cougars rolled to a 3-0 sweep, 25-14, 25-19 and 25-21, to improve to 17-3 overall, 4-0 in league.
Emily Moore and Jordyn Boswell each had 11 kills and Mackenzie O’Connell dished out 25 assists.
Kennedey Stroshine, who had 10 digs, four assists and three aces, said the Cougars were a little nervous beforehand.
It didn’t show.
“We knew they were really good, but we just were working hard in practices and we were training hard to play good in this game,” Stroshine said.
They got out to a big lead early in front of a raucous crowd at Spanish Springs.
In the second game, after the Tigers tied it 18, the Cougars showed poise in finishing it off, then did again in the third. Spanish Springs led, 18-17, then pulled away, including one sequence in which Stroshine made a nice save on a ball hit high in the rafters, then Moore put it away for the kill.
Spanish Springs coach Frank Sandomenico said he played Toby Keith’s song ‘Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue’ before the game to fire up his team.
Keeping the players fired up will be his next mission.
“You get this pumped and you play this well, it’s tough to keep that intensity and that focus every single night,” Sandomenico said.
He said defense was the key Tuesday, along with the crowd.
“I don’t know how you can ask for a better crowd than that. That was an amazing crowd. I really felt like it made a difference,” he said.
Spanish Springs had 13 aces Tuesday.
Isabelle Peterson had 10 kills and four blocks for Douglas. Hailey Hughes had three blocks and Talyn Jackson had 12 digs and two blocks as Douglas fell to 12-2.
Spanish Springs hosts Galena on Thursday while Douglas is at Reed.
Douglas coach Suzi Townsell said the game was a learning experience for her
“Our team needs to stay as a team and that didn’t happen,” she said. “When things are down, you have to stay as a team and make it better.”
In other volleyball games Tuesday, Manogue defeated Reno, 3-1, (25-11, 25-20, 25-27, 25-15), to improve to 9-2 overall.
Mary Redl-Harge had 13 kills and Alli Reviglio had 12. Taylor deProsse had eight aces and Reviglio had four for the Miners.
Emma Hansen dished out 33 assists. Hannah Kip had 16 digs and Emma Hansen had 12.
McQueen beat Galena, 3-0, (25-18, 25-18 and 25-20), as Annika Kerns had 13 kills and four blocks. Kaila Spevak had five kills, six digs and two aces. Alyssa Zucco had 10 digs and three aces and Natalie Krieg had 13 assists.
The Lancers improved to 8-4.
Girls Soccer: Douglas beat Reed, 1-0, as Peri Buck scored for the Tigers in the 50th minute.
McQueen beat Wooster, 1-0, as Kendra McAninch scored in the 38th minute, off an assist by Lilly Brooks. McQueen improved tp 2-2-0 and Wooster dropped to 2-2-0.
Carson beat Hug, 3-0.