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.
The SWCC Spartans came home with another victory last night after defeating Marshalltown CC in three games at Marshalltown.
SWCC Head Coach Melissa Blessington said her team went into the match-up well aware of who they would be facing. "This was a very scrappy Marshalltown team," Blessington said. "Our girls knew going in that they had to stay on their toes because there would be a lot of balls coming back at us." Blessington felt her team did a good job fighting each play and she was very happy to come away with a victory in just three sets.
The Spartans' next outing is Mon., October 28, vs. Grand View JV in Des Moines.
SWCC Defeats Marshalltown CC
25-16, 25-19, 27-25
Assists: Cassidy Yong 41
Kills: Alex Duffy 13, Janaya Fox 11, Shelby Sullivan 9
Digs: Molly Schimp 21, Janaya Fox 9, Ashley Strong 8
Serving: Ashley Strong 16/16 with 2 aces, Alex Duffy 15/15 with 3 aces, Janaya Fox 15/15 with 1 ace
Blocking: Janaya Fox 3; Allyson Kocour, Mel Mangrum, and Shelby Sullivan 2
According to SWCC Head Coach Melissa Blessington, last night's Spartan victory vs. Southeast NE CC was "another great win for our team." Early in the season, Southeast Nebraska beat the Spartans in four sets. The results were much different this time around.
"I challenged my team to really work on pushing each other to not let the ball hit the ground and we played great defense," Blessington explained. Blessington complimented numerous players for their efforts in the Spartans' victory. "Serena Yong did a great job communicating tonight. Molly, Janaya, and Ashley were all fantastic in the back row and it was a balanced attack for us again in the front row."
SWCC Defeats Southeast NE
25-7, 25-11, 25-12
Kills: Janaya Fox 10, Shelby Sullivan 9, Mel Mangrum 9
Assists: Cassidy Yong 32
Digs: Molly Schimp 22, Cassidy Yong 14, Ashley Strong and Janaya Fox 13
Blocks: Sydney Whitmarsh 2
Serving: Janaya Fox 20/20 with 1 ace