SPARKS — The Spring Creek volleyball team’s season will come down to its last-two matches, likely needing a win in each for a chance to play in the postseason.
On their road last trip, the Lady Spartans opened with a loss but bounced back with a sweep victory — leaving the door open slightly for a playoff berth.
On Friday, Spring Creek was downed in four sets at No. 3 Fernley — the Lady Spartans rolling to a straight-set win Saturday against winless Sparks.
In a four-set loss to the Lady Vaqueros, the Lady Spartans began with some positive momentum Friday.
Spring Creek won the first set 25-19, but Fernley woke up and cruised to a 25-15 victory in the second game.
In the often-swinging third frame, the Lady Vaqueros extended to a 25-13 win — taking a 2-1 lead.
Facing elimination, the Lady Spartans picked up their play in the fourth set but came up two points short in a 25-23 battle.
Junior Kylee Dimick paced Spring Creek with 15 kills, junior Hailey Cruson following with eight putaways.
Sophomore Hailee Cottrill, senior Ryley Ricks and senior Cheyenne Cleveland each tallied three kills.
Junior Jazmin Cervantes had her serve game working, firing four aces — Ricks and senior Nicole Southern following with one apiece.
At the net, Cervantes tied junior Chelsea Ackerman for the team high with three blocks each.
In the back end of the defense, Southern was everywhere and made a team-high 31 digs.
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Dimick closed with 14 digs, Ricks added 10 and Cruson neared double digits with nine.
The offense was set up by both Ricks and Ackerman, Ricks making 17 assists and Ackerman closing with 10.
Against the winless Lady Railroaders, Spring Creek did what it was supposed to — rattling off a three-set win by scores of 25-15, 25-19 and 25-12.
Dimick racked up 17 putaways, and Cruson notched double-digit kills with 10 — Cleveland killing nine shots and freshman Rylee Keim putting away four balls.
Spring Creek served seven aces as a team, paced by three from Southern.
Cruson added a pair of aces and Cleveland and Keim served one each.
Defensively, Keim rejected two shots at the net — Cervantes making one block.
The effort to dig up shots was equal, Cruson and Dimick leading the way with 20 each.
Southern finished with 15 digs, Ackerman digging nine shots.
Ackerman was both busy and effective on offense, closing with a remarkable 36 assists.
The Lady Spartans (5-11 in league) will need wins to keep hopes alive to punch their tickets tfor the Division 3A North regional tournament, hosting Lowry (4-11 in league) at 6 p.m. Thursday and facing a do-or-die contest versus Fallon (5-9 in league) at noon Friday, in Spring Creek.