Volleyball: Ponies top Forest Lake in SEC opener


FOREST LAKE — The Stillwater volleyball team opened Suburban East Conference play with a tidy 3-0 victory over Forest Lake on Thursday night.

The Ponies used a combination of strong serving and accurate passing to defeat the Rangers 25-10, 25-23 and 25-20.

“I thought we did really well,” Stillwater coach Jamie Suapaia said. “We really played as a complete team and everyone did their job. We mixed a few things up and just took care of the ball really well.”

Bri Horwath and Savannah Sprenger sparked the attack while racking up 15 and 13 kills apiece. Brooke Hunter and Stephanie Dietrich each provided four kills.

After enjoying a comfortable victory in Game 1, the Ponies led throughout the second game, but Forest Lake stayed within striking distance before falling by two points.

“We came out with a lot of fire and intensity, that second game we relaxed a little bit,” Suapaia said. “Forest Lake did a good job of giving a lot of effort and not letting a lot of balls drop.”

In addition to tallying 19 set assists, Susan Evans served 19 for 19 with four aces. Horwath and Sophie Vick added two aces apiece while contributing to a strong serving performance across the board. Sprenger also missed just one serve in 15 attempts.

“We only missed a total of five serves,” Suapaia said. “The entire team was doing a really fantastic job of working seams, working the zones and serving short and deep. It was one of our better serving days.”

Dietrich, Stephanie Houle and Horwath combined for six blocks to help defensively for the Ponies, who also received a team-high 15 digs from Maddie Brandon.