With less than 24 hours of rest from their last match, the Spartan Volleyball team traveled to Cedar Rapids for a tough matchup with the Kirkwood Eagles. The Spartans took an early lead in the match, taking the first game away from the eighth ranked Eagles, 25-21. Kirkwood turned the tables on the second match, 22-25. From there, the Eagles kept the momentum the rest of the match, winning games three and four, 18-25 and 20-25.
Head Coach Melissa Blessington commented, "We played a great first game of this match. We are getting tested by some great teams this week. This is what we need for our push at regionals. We are going to keep working hard in practice and stay focused on our teams goals. Kirkwood is always a tough team and I like how our girls competed tonight."
The Spartans get a day’s rest before they head to Marshalltown on Friday, September 13. There, they will compete in the weekend Marshalltown CC Tiger Invite.
The Spartans knew going into Tuesday’s match against the second ranked DI Iowa Western Reivers would be tough. The Reivers proved they deserve a high ranking by defeating the Spartans in three games. Struggling to fight off the powerful Reiver hitting and blocking, the Spartans dropped the first two games 17-25 and 12-25. The Spartans rallied a bit in the third game to keep it close, but lost 21-25.
Head Coach Melissa Blessington said, "This was a great team that we played tonight. They are #2 in the country because they have tremendous hitting. Our girls did a lot of good things tonight. We know that playing teams like Iowa Western is what makes us better. We have a tough match tomorrow and we are looking forward to the challenge of playing Kirkwood."
Spartans don’t get any time off as they travel tonight, Wednesday, September 11 to Cedar Rapids to play another tough match against the eighth ranked Kirkwood Eagles.
The Spartans traveled to Highland, KS this weekend to participate in the Highland Community College Invitational Tournament. Nationally ranked number 14 Kansas City Kansas CC brought the Spartans six-match winning streak to an end in their second match (14-25,18-25, 26-24, 22-25). That was the only loss for the Spartan for the tournament.
Head Coach Melissa Blessington summed up the weekend, "This was a great tournament for us. Even though we didn’t win all 4 matches we got better as a team. Our defense was noticeably better this weekend. Ashley Strong, Molly Schimp, Shelby Sullivanand Serena Yongdid a great job for us back there. Our hitters came through in clutch moments, almost all of our games were very close and we needed everyone to be on in order to win. Against Highland we were down by as many as seven points in that second game and we were able to pull out the win. Our girls are getting better and that is what we want. Our schedule does not allow for us to take a day off. We always have to be ready to play. This weekend was some of our best volleyball."
The Spartans have another day of rest before they host second ranked DI Iowa Western on Tuesday, September 10 at 6:30 p.m.
On Wednesday, September 4, the Spartans hosted the NIACC Trojans. After a rocky start to the match, the Spartans lost the first game 22-25. Motivated by the loss, the Spartans won the next three games outscoring the Trojans more than two to one.
Head Coach Melissa Blessington commented, "The game didn’t start out the way we wanted it to. NIACC really came out ready to play and did a good job executing on our mistakes. We picked it up in the next two games. I will say that we served very well tonight. Ashley Strong has done a great job serving for us all year. Molly Schimp and Shelby Sullivan had great nights serving for us as well. We did a great job hitting our zones which took them out of their offense. We really picked it up in the fourth game winning 25-5. We finally decided to have some fun playing and enjoying the game more. When we play like that, we are a fun team to watch and a hard team to beat."
The Spartans will travel this weekend to Highland, KS, for the Highland Community College Invitational Tournament.