After two sets on Thursday night, it appeared Spanish Springs was going to roll over the Senators.
Carson then changed setters and the Cougars found themselves in a game.
The Senators rattled off the next two sets to even the match and took an 8-2 lead in the deciding fifth set. The senior-laden Cougs were not phased. They rallied to claim the final set, and the match, 25-20, 25-18, 20-25, 22-25, 15-13.
“They stayed positive. That’s the one thing I’ve seen with this team. They don’t stop fighting,” Spanish Springs coach Frank Sandomenico said. “That makes it fun to coach.”
Spanish Springs improved to 16-3, 3-0 in 4A North play.
Senior liberos Kennedey Stroshine and Olivia Galletti were particularly sharp, leading the Cougs with 14 and 13 digs respectively.
“We’re blessed to have those two,” Sandomenico said. “They were money tonight.”
Emily Moore led the team with 17 kills to go along with nine digs and a pair of aces. Mackenzie O’Connell finished with 41 assists, eight digs, two aces and two blocks.
Spanish Springs’ undefeated regional record will be put on the line Tuesday in a big early-season game at home against Douglas. The Cougars edged the Tigers last weekend in the High Sierra Invitational.
“We’re hoping for a real home crowd,” Sandomenico said. “They have as much talent as anybody in the North.”
Raiders no match for Miners on the road
Reed fell to 2-7, 0-2 in 4A North play on Thursday with a 14-25, 17-25, 12-25 loss at Bishop Manogue.
Taylor Zirkle had 11 digs in the defeat.
The Raiders host Carson on Tuesday night.