Spanish Springs wrapped up an impressive run through the High Sierra Invitational Tournament on Saturday.
The Cougars (14-3, 1-0) were one of six teams to advance to the gold bracket, where they went 1-1, finishing in a tie for third place out of 40 teams in the field.
“We played really well,” Spanish Springs coach Frank Sandomenico said. “It was good to play great teams every match.”
Spanish Springs played 13 sets on Saturday, 20 total on the weekend. The run ended with a 15-25, 20-25 loss to Elk Grove in the semifinals at Bishop Manogue. All matches in the tournament were best-of-three. The Cougs beat Consumes Oaks 25-19, 25-22 to get to the semifinal match.
Elk Grove went on to lose to Bishop Manogue in the title game, 25-14, 16-25, 9-15.
Earlier on Saturday, in pool play at Damonte Ranch, Spanish Springs beat Del Oro 11-25, 25-19, 18-16 and Douglas 25-20, 12-25, 15-11 and lost to Hilmar 25-16, 24-26, 11-15.
Spanish Springs went 2-1 in pool play on Friday.
The Cougars have one non-league tournament remaining, but begin consistent 4A North play on Tuesday at Wooster.
“I feel good,” Sandomenico said. “I love two things. One, the fight. And two, we’ve proved that we can beat good teams.”
Raiders finish tied for 21st at High Sierra
Reed (2-5) went 0-4 in the High Sierra Invitational on Saturday.
In pool play at Bishop Manogue, the Raiders lost to Truckee 29-31, 19-25, Elk Grove 13-25, 23-25 and Yerington 20-25, 17-25.
Reed then lost to Homestead21-25, 19-25 in single elimination play at Damonte Ranch to finish in a tie for 21st.
The Raiders open 4A North play on Tuesday at home against Damonte Ranch.