The Spartan volleyball team headed to Ottumwa on Tuesday, September 24 to defend their five-game home opener win against the DI Indian Hills CC. This time around, the Spartans made their stay a short one defeating the Warriors in three games, 25-21, 25-15, and 25-20.
Head Coach Melissa Blessington said, “We played some great volleyball tonight against a good Indian Hills team. We served aggressively and also played some great defense tonight. We had some long rallies and we were able to win those rallies. This is proof our team is getting better every match.”
The Spartan volleyball team played host to the visiting Iowa Central Tritons on Wednesday, September 18. After fending off a strong rally from the Tritons at the end of the first game (25-23), the Spartans took command of the rest of the match winning the second and third games (25-12, 25-17).
Head Coach Melissa Blessington said, "This was a great game for us tonight. Iowa Central has been to the national tournament the past two years and they are a great team. We have played some great competition the past few weeks and that prepared us to play this team. The first game was close but as soon as we started to serve aggressively we were really able to get our offense going. Our serve receive has been great all year. We really do a nice job getting the ball to our setter. Cassidy Yong has done a great job distributing the ball to our hitters. We had everyone contribute in the front row."
The Spartans will play next on Tuesday, September 24, when they travel to Ottumwa to have a rematch with DI Indian Hills CC. The Spartans defeated IHCC in five games at their home opener on Tuesday, August 24. Go Spartans!
SWCC defeats Iowa Central CC
25-23, 25-12, 25-17
Assists: Cassidy Yong 28
Kills: Allyson Kocour 9, Mel Mangrum 7, Alex Duffy 6 and Shelby Sullivan 5
Digs: Molly Schimp 14, Ashley Strong 10, Cassidy Yong 8, Serena Yong, Janaya Fox 7
Serving: Molly Schimp 14/15 - 2 Aces, Ashley Strong 14/15 - 3 Aces, Janaya Fox 9/10 - 2 aces
Blocking: Mel Mangrum 4, Alex Duffy 3, Allyson Kocour 3
The Spartans traveled to Marshalltown on Friday, September 13 to compete in the weekend Marshalltown CC Tiger Invite. They returned with two additional win and two more losses. Head Coach Melissa Blessington said, "Going 2-2 for the weekend was not what I wanted. However, we did face some very hard competition over the past two weeks and I think our girls responded well after losing both matches of the day. The two wins we hard were against very good teams and it was good to see us battle back. We lost Allyson Kocour for the last three matches of this weekend. She has a strain in her arm and we want to make sure we don’t injure her worse. Janaya Fox came on for us in the front row and gave us good production. I am looking for us to really come together the next couple of weeks. We have some time to come back and look at a few things before our match on Wednesday. I think we have learned a lot about ourselves the past few matches and we are going to continue to get better."
The Spartans will play next on Wednesday, September 18 at 6:30 p.m. when they host Iowa Central CC.
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.