By Kiley Diesner, reporting intern
Spanish Springs traveled to Reno Thursday night where it swept the Huskies in straight sets, 25-29, 25-14, 25-22.
Spanish Springs is now 16-9, 6-3 in DI North. Reno dropped to 8-9, 3-5.
The road win over Reno added the the Cougs’ resume of impressive wins this season–including victories over Douglas and Galena.
“Beating Douglas, beating Galena and now beating Reno really has turned our season around,” Spanish Springs coach Frank Sandomenico said.
In the third set, the Cougars trailed 21-17 but scored eight of the final 10 points to claim the set, and the match.
Junior setter Mackenzie O’Connell stood out with 27 assists, five aces, four digs and a block. Junior Emily Moore also had a solid night with eight kills, four aces and three digs.
“We are really excited because this puts us in a spot to host a home playoff game (top two in High Desert League),” Sandomenico said. “We have a lot of business to take care of but we’re definitely in a good spot right now.”
The Cougars host first-place McQueen on Tuesday in another pivotal league matchup.
“They’re in first and we’re in second so that’s going to be a great battle,” Sandomenico said. “We’re hoping to get some great crowd support.”
Reed picks up win No. 1
It took longer than the Raiders would have liked, but they’re in the win column.
After getting swept in all 10 of its previous matches this fall, Reed swept Hug (which also entered winless), 25-19, 25-7, 25-9 at home Thursday night to end its season-opening losing streak.
The Raiders improved to 1-10, 1-8 in the DI North.
“It’s good for morale,” first-year Reed coach James Crane said in a text.
Reed finished with 20 aces as a team. Kaylee Carlson got up 10 digs.
The Raiders will attempt to morph the victory into a winning streak on Tuesday at North Valleys.