Volleyball: Ponies surge past Tartan

Gazette photos by Stuart Groskreutz
Stillwater senior Brooke Hunter hits past the block of Tartan’s Averi Roy during Monday’s nonconference volleyball victory at Stillwater Area High School.

At Oak Park Heights, the Stillwater volleyball team used a balanced attack to hold off Tartan 3-0 in Monday’s nonconference match at Stillwater Area High School. The Titans played better as the match went along, but the Ponies were able to complete the three-game sweep by scores of 25-14, 25-21 and 25-23.

Playing without its most effective hitter Bri Horwath, Savannah Sprenger led a diverse attack with a team-high 13 kills while Stephanie Dietrich and Sophie Vick added six kills apiece. Brooke Hunter tallied five more kills and Stephanie Houle contributed three in the winning effort.


Savannah Sprenger tries to block Tartan right-side hitter Ta’Kendra Elbert.

“Going into the season we knew we were going to be pretty deep offensively, we’re just trying to get where each person is comfortable and the setter is comfortable so we can keep a balanced attack by not letting people know where we’re going to go. I’d like to see our middles get a little more involved, but we set them a total of 23 times which is probably a season high so far, so that’s good.”

Susan Evans fed those hitters while collecting 34 set assists and Maddie Brandon finished with 28 digs.

“I thought we once again took care of the ball pretty well at the beginning and kind of got a little complacent and started making a few errors on our part,” Suapaia said. “Other than that, I thought we did a good job of maintaining our composure. I only had to call one timeout, so we just took care of those and settled down. The girls played unselfish volleyball and really went after everything and just played really tough.

“Brandon did a good job of sticking her nose in and getting a lot of digs that a lot of people would let drop. Not having Bri in there to get a big block, we did a good job of responding. The way Tartan was coming after us is they weren’t letting anything drop and we weren’t letting anything drop.”

The coach was also pleased with the serving, which included three aces from Sprenger.

“We kept them out of system quite often,” Suapaia said. “It was a really good serving day for us, just hitting our spots. We worked really hard this week in getting our serves down and hitting the zone and being aggressive and the girls did a nice job of responding.”

Sophie Vick hits down the line past a Tartan blocker during Monday’s nonconference volleyball victory at Stillwater Area High School.