Cougars knock off Douglas
Northern 4A standings
Manogue 3-0 1.000 -
Galena 2-1 .667 1
Douglas 2-1 .667 1
Carson 2-1 .667 1
Damonte 2-1 .667 1
Wooster 1-2 .333 2
High Desert League
Sp. Springs 4-0 1.000 -
McQueen 2-1 .667 1.5
Reno 1-2 .333 2.5
No. Valleys 0-3 .000 3.5
Reed 0-3 .000 3.5
Hug 0-4 .000 4
Spanish Springs gained momentum early Tuesday night and never slowed down on its way to a 3-0 Northern 4A volleyball victory against Douglas in Sparks.
In a meeting of teams at the top of their respective league races, Spanish Springs outlasted Douglas 25-14, 25-18, 25-21.
Douglas (2-1 league, 12-2 overall) dropped into a four-way tie for second-place in the Sierra League and Spanish Springs (4-0, 17-3) remained alone in first-place in the High Desert League. The Tigers absorbed their only other loss of the season on Sept. 3 by a 2-1 score at the hands of the Cougars at the High Sierra Classic.
“Tough loss! Great learning experience for the team … kudos to Spanish Springs,” Douglas coach Suzi Townsell noted afterward.
Spanish Springs jumped out to a 10-4 lead in the opening set and went on to gain the early advantage, 25-14.
The final two sets went back and forth before the Cougars surged out on top. With the score deadlocked at 18-18, Spanish Springs engaged on a 7-1 run to close out the second set, 25-19. Then, with a narrow 18-17 advantage in the third set, the Cougars put the set and match away with a 7-4 run.
Senior middle hitter Isabelle Peterson led Douglas at the net with 10 kills, while Sierra Sullivan added eight. Hailey Hughes also had a team-high four blocks.
Talyn Jackson dished out 14 assists and led the defense with 12 digs. Alex DeMaranville-Robinson contributed seven digs.
Moore had 17 kills last week in the Cougars’ 3-2 win over Carson.
McQueen swept past Galena, while Carson defeated Reed and Damonte Ranch defeated North Valleys to create a logjam for second-place in the Sierra League standings. Manogue moved into sole possession of first-place with its win over Reno.
Note: Veteran Spanish Springs coach Frank Sandomenico has announced this will be his final season. This is Sandomenico’s ninth season at the helm of the program, highlighted by a state championship in 2012.
Spanish Springs defeated Douglas in two sets, 25-22.
Spanish Springs defeated Douglas 25-23, 25-17. Jolene Votel scored 12 points with five aces for the Tigers. Emily Carr contributed seven kills and Mayci Mariani added three kills.