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Volleyball: Douglas falls in three to Spanish Springs

by Joey Crandall

On the scoreboard, it was a three-game sweep for the High Desert League-leading Spanish Springs volleyball team.

But, much like the story of the Douglas volleyball team’s season, the scores – 25-21, 25-14, 25-22 in Minden Tuesday night – simply didn’t tell the whole story.

The Lady Tigers are 20 matches into their rebuilding project after winning the state title last year and the pieces are beginning to fall into place.

“They just have these little growing pains they are trying to work through,” Douglas coach Suzi Townsell said. “It’s just spots here and there. Athletically speaking, we are right there. But they aren’t using that athleticism to its full potential.

“We’re beating ourselves to a large degree, and there are just those moments where we aren’t getting there. It’s about presence of mind. We’re missing serves and hitting balls into the net, hitting balls out of bounds. Those are momentum killers at big points.”

Overall, though, the Tigers are showing marked improvement since a five-match slide in mid-September.

That much was evident against Spanish Springs, a legitimate regional title contender, Tuesday night.

Douglas kept the Cougars within striking distance for long stretches in each of the three games and led for periods of the first and third.

Senior Savannah Wood controlled the middle, blasting 13 kills and picking up five blocks.

Senior Heidi Schefcik continued her transformation into one of the league’s top liberos (10 digs vs. Spanish Springs, 117 on the year) after starting the season as an outside hitter.

Shawnee McFadden has developed into a capable starter on the outside, recording four kills, seven digs and two blocks in the match.

“We are getting tons better,” Townsell said. “It’s just a process of putting it together now.”

Hailey Sclafani had 17 assists, a kill, three blocks and four digs and Amanda Wartgow had a pair of aces and eight service points.

With only five matches left in the regular season, wins will be at a premium now for the Tigers, who are currently in a battle with Damonte Ranch with the fourth and final playoff spot.

Douglas sees each of the three teams placed above itself, along with Damonte, in the next two weeks, though, so it is still in control of its own destiny.

As an added bonus, the Tigers get Galena and Damonte in Minden during the final week.

“We’re trying hard,” Townsell said. “We’ll see what we can do down the stretch. It’s hard being on the road, so it’ll be good to be at home down the home stretch here.

“We need to get ahead of Damonte and hopefully start putting the whole puzzle together at the right time. These girls can do it. The ability is there.”