The Spartans started off Region XI Tournament play with an exclamation point last night! They defeated the visiting Northeast NE CC Hawks in three games extending their winning streak to 11. The Spartans took the first game with some solid defense and heavy hitting allowing only nine points. The next two games, they won 25-15 and 25-17.
Head Coach Melissa Blessington said, “I am very excited about how the team played tonight. We came out and set the tone that we wanted the win. Our girls have worked so hard this year and have done some incredible things and yet they know there is still a lot of work to do. We have to play very well to get to nationals and it is going to take three solid days of practice to get ourselves ready for this match.”
The Spartans will travel to Fort Dodge on Saturday, November 9, to play seventh ranked Kirkwood for the Region XI-B Bracket final in a (UPDATED) 3 p.m. match. The winner of that game will advance to the NJCAA DII Volleyball National Championship in Toledo, OH, on November 21-23.
With the post season brackets already determined, the Spartans had a home doubleheader with Graceland to finish the 2013 regular season and tack another two wins onto their already 30-win season. The Spartans defeated both Graceland teams in the best of three matches. Head Coach Melissa Blessington said, “These were two good matches for us on parents’ night. Our girls did a good job playing to our level both matches. Now we need to carry our 10 game winning-streak on through regional play.”
The Spartans, solely in third place in Region XI, will face-off at home against the Northeast CC Hawks from Norfolk, NE. The first round match will be held in the Student Center Gymnasium Tuesday, November 5 at 7 p.m.
In their final conference match of the regular season, the Spartans quickly defeated Iowa Lakes in three games to earn their 30th win of the season.
Head coach Melissa Blessington said, “Our team played really well and I am very happy that we executed the whole match. We had great contribution off of our bench with Sydney Whitmarsh and Kirsten Anderson. It is great to know that we are able to bring in players and have them make a difference. We are hoping to finish strong against Graceland and make that push toward regionals.”
With the season winding down, the Spartans made a final trip to Des Moines to play the Grand View Vikings. The Spartans had defeated the Vikings on their home court two weeks prior. However, the they would not let the Vikings get revenge, defeating them in three games, 25-21, 25-16, and 25-8.
Head Coach Melissa Blessington said, "We did start out slow but we did have a few days off from play so it was to be expected. Our girls are staying focused and we are hoping to get win number 30 Wednesday night."
The Spartans remain in third place in the Region XI conference and will host Iowa Lakes on Wednesday, October 30 at 6:30 p.m.