The Alex Cirac tenure at Spanish Springs started with a comfortable sweep at Wooster on Tuesday night.
The Cougars rolled 25-7, 25-18, 25-21 in their season opener. The Colts dropped to 0-3, 0-2.
“It feels good,” said Cirac, who took over for Frank Sandomenico after he spent nine years on the Cougs’ bench. “We knew this team had a lot of great leadership and a couple older kids with a lot of experience. It was nice to see them keep the team calm and get those jitters out quick.”
Spanish Springs used separate 9-0 and 5-0 runs in the dominating first set. Wooster put up more of a fight in the final two sets, only for the Cougs to close both on identical 7-1 runs.
“That’s obviously something we want to focus on all the time,” Cirac said of the strong finishes. “We were able to get everybody in and we saw great effort from each of the players, which was really nice to see. It’s good to see everybody playing with some confidence and able to make those closing efforts. That’s obviously really important.”
Outside hitter Jordyn Boswell started her junior year with 15 kills, 12 digs and a pair of blocks. Gracie Fuller and Alysa Micone both turned in seven kills. Kirstin Bennett passed out 32 assists.
Spanish Springs will continue 4A North play on Thursday with a road match at Reed.
Raiders suffer competitive road sweep to Mustangs
Reed opened the 2017 season with a 15-25, 23-25, 26-28 loss at Damonte Ranch on Tuesday night.
Both teams are coming off 5-11 seasons in 4A North play. The mark was good enough for the Raiders to get into the postseason as the High Desert League No. 4 seed. The Mustangs were left out of the highly competitive Sierra League playoff picture.
Reed’s Alexis Lusby put down a team-high 12 kills. Morgan Starley got up 13 digs.
The Raiders host Spanish Springs on Thursday night.